Due to our size, in order to rehearse safely during COVID we are encouraging any people interested in playing with us to please send an email mentioning your name, contact information, and what you play. We appreciate your patience this year as we prioritize the health and safety of our current members and audience.
Things to Know as a Member of the
Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band
The SOSB Leadership Team meets at least once per season and more often as needed to take care of all the logistics of keeping a band this size going. Got a question or suggestion for the band? Talk to one of our friendly Leadership Team members.
President - Andrea Smiley
Treasurer - Marty Wedge
Secretary and Website - Carolyn Stoll
Stage Manager - Scott Balmos
Posters and Programs - Sam Ashworth
Publicity - Sandy Zueffle and Rebecca Bachman
At Large Member - Harriet Richardson
At Large Member and Historian - Sam Ashworth
We rehearse every Thursday at 7:30 PM at Lakota East Freshman School from October through April, excluding holidays.
Want to practice in between rehearsals? Of course you do! Check out the link below to access recordings of the music we'll play for the next concert.
The band typically plays 3 concerts a year in December, March, and late April or early May. These concerts are usually at Finkelman Auditorium on the campus of Miami University Middletown. We often also play at least one summer concert outside. Occasionally, we play a joint concert with another musical group.
Concert dress for men is black pants and black long sleeve shirts. No tie. no white shirts, and no tuxes. Concert dress for ladies is all black. Click below for the upcoming season schedule.
The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band is a self-supporting community band. While we receive donations from patrons and sponsors, we rely on membership fees from the band members to pay for operating expenses, such as purchasing music or paying for the transportation and storage of our percussion equipment.
Dues are $40 for the season. We regret that we cannot prorate the cost if you play fewer than 3 concerts. Please download the registration form and either bring it and either a check or cash with you to your first rehearsal or mail it along with your payment to the treasurer's address on the form.
For new members or members returning from before last season, please also be prepared to document that you are vaccinated against Covid-19.