History

 

  • August 1987 Group first assembled. Over 120 in the charter group.
  • 1988 First time the name “Gem City Orchestra” is used. Two performances requested by Advance Team for (then) Vice President George Bush. Appearance in the West Carrolton Paper Parade. Performance Downtown Dayton.
  • 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Appearance in the Holiday @ Home Parade
  • 1989, 1991 Performances for Dayton Philharmonic Women’s Designer Showhouse
  • 1990, (2007 supported another band with our players) Xenia Old-Fashioned Day Parade
  • 1992 Group grows in excess of 300 members. Group appears in the Air Show Parade. One performance requested by Advance Team for Vice President Dan Quayle.
  • 1996 Day-long performances at Celebration Dayton ’96 as a large roving band and the first unit in the event’s parade.
  • 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 GCO Annual Christmas performances with an average of 1000 spectators in attendance.
  • 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 GCO performed at Fifth-Third Field.
  • 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Annual performance at Downtown Dayton’s Grand Illumination
  • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Sounds of the Seasons (Downtown Dayton)
  • 2002 Group invited to perform at the Fraze Pavilion during Holiday at Home. Performance at a US Marines Banquet. GCB&O adds a vocal band (Choir) to its list of performers.
  • 2007 Performance for former WWII POWs arriving at WPAFB
  • 2007 Performance at WPAFB for returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
  • 2007 Performance at the Schuster Performing Arts Center Winter Wonderland
  • 2008 Performance at a local nursing home
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