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Riverside set to host county art and music festival

The annual Logan County Art and Music Festival is tonight at Riverside High School.

The event is a joint effort of the music and art teachers in Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, and Riverside school districts. Outstanding artwork from all grade levels will be displayed in the Riverside cafeteria.

The three high school bands will perform various musical selections in the Riverside High School gymnasium. The concert will begin at 7:30 and at the conclusion the three high school bands will perform one group selection. Dr. Charles Bates, professor of music at Ohio Northern University, will be the guest conductor of the combined band to perform Where the Black Hawk Soars by Robert W. Smith. In 2014 the concert will feature the choral students.

The Art Show is open from 6:00-8:30. David Cline, retired Indian Lake art teacher, will judge the middle school and high school student’s artwork.

You’re invited to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win various art baskets. Each basket will include student artwork and possibly teacher’s artwork. The raffle ticket buyers will put their tickets into containers designated for a specific project. At the end of the Art Show, one winning ticket will be drawn for each basket and the winners will be announced at the end of the Choir Concert. The proceeds from the Art Raffle will be divided between three students pursuing a college art degree from Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, and Riverside. You can buy one ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5.

Admission is free. The Logan County Educational Service Center coordinates the art and music festival each spring.

Here is a bio on Dr. Bates:

Charles Bates is a Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University where he was a graduate assistant with The Ohio State University Marching Band. He received his M.A. and M.ED. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and B.S. in Music Education from Virginia State University. Dr. Bates studied composition with Elliot Schwartz, Frank Bencriscutto, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dominick Argento. He has completed over 200 compositions and arrangements for wind-band.

As a performer (percussion) and band leader Dr. Bates has worked with Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Steve Allen, and Allen Vizzutti to name a few. Ensembles under his direction have performed for the OMEA Conference and at venues throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. At Ohio Northern he conducts the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. He serves as an academic advisor for instrumental music education majors and faculty advisor for the University’s very active chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Ohio Northern University has recognized Dr. Bates for outstanding service as Director of Bands. He is a member of several professional and honorary organizations including the Ohio Music Educators Association and NAfME, the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu. Dr. Bates serves as adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He is a past President of the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association.

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