MAIN STAGE PERFORMER
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Summer Highway is a Cover/Party band playing a fun and energetic blend of well known Modern & Classic Rock, Pop, Country, and Tropical Rock. The band consists of six members… Aaron Sexton (Lead Vocals), Tim Evans (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Jeff Tutt (Keyboards/Vocals), Brian Hurst (Bass), Michael Fess (Drums/Vocals), and Liz Heinz(Vocals/Percussion). Summer Highway has been in existence for 15 years and counting, and offers some of the best talent in the Dayton area. Summer Highway is available for Corporate Events, Weddings, Fairs and Festivals, Clubs, and Private Events. With many years of experience in the entertainment industry, and exposure to various styles of music, you are guaranteed a high energy, engaging, and professional experience for your venue or event. There’s a little something for everyone!! Summer Highway can create special set lists, and special songs that will make your event special.
Deuce’n a Quarter
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2018 Ohio Music Award for Best Blues CD “Rear View Mirror”
As the name suggests, Deuce ‘n a Quarter is a hard driving blues machine fronted by the powerful voice and wailing harmonica of Brian Peters. The band’s forte is its orginal music, where you’ll hear the influence and respect paid to many blues legends.
With Jeffrey Allen’s masterful guitar work, John Sipher’s melodic touch on keys, Martin O. Brown’s bass groove and the hypnotic pocket of Andre Scott on drums it’s easy to connect to their heartfelt delivery of interesting lyrics.
Take a joyride with Deuce ‘n a Quarter as they blend talent and feelings to create a modern yet classic blues vibe!
Dayton Salsa Project
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A warm, summer Sunday afternoon a diverse group of musicians from the Dayton area came together to do what they do best: play music. The group, a fusion of musicians from different Latin American countries and the U.S., soon discovered that music transcended language and cultural barriers. They knew they had something special and that is how the Dayton Salsa Project, the first local Salsa Band in town, was born.Mission
The mission of Dayton Salsa Project is to use music as an instrument to break barriers by showing how musicians from diverse traditions and cultural backgrounds can get together in one accord. The Dayton Salsa Project aims to bring live Latin music to the Dayton area, as well as represent Dayton at regional, state, and national cultural events.Vision
The Dayton Salsa Project’s vision is to be an Ambassador of Dayton’s diverse community, as well as how Dayton values cultural diversity and inclusion, at local, state, and national cultural events.
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Main Stage)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Main Stage)
I am an aspiring musician, singer and performer. Music is in my soul. It’s my passion and my life and I find such great joy in making it. My purpose in sharing it is to bring joy to others, to make a positive difference and first and foremost to bring glory to the one who gave me the ability to make music, Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior and all I am I owe to Him and I am nothing without Him. If you check out some of my YouTube videos or have ever been to one of my shows, you will notice that I touch on a wide variety of genres. From classic country, to pop, to harder rock to classics from the 40s and 50s and sometimes even older, to Christian music and a little bit in between, I’ve got you “covered”. 😉 So hang out a while, see what you think and leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. Have a wonderful day and God bless.
FORT PIQUA PLAZA PERFORMER
Piqua Civic Band
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
The Piqua Elks Civic Band was founded in October 1932 by the Piqua Elks Lodge, BPOE No. 523. The band was organized and conducted by Piqua High School band director Mr. Phil Gates. Mr. Gates would go on to conduct the band from 1932 to 1944. After Mr. Gates retirement, Mr. Lee Sedgwick led the band until the end of World War II. At that time, Mr. Robert M. Hance, a longtime cornetist and founding member of the band returned from the Army to take leadership of the group. He would continue to conduct the band for the next 54 years.
The Piqua Elks Civic Band was very active both in Piqua, Ohio and abroad. In 1935, they were named National Elks Band Champions. The band also traveled to numerous Elks Conventions including one in Chicago in 1956. In 1946, the band broadcast a concert on WHIO Radio out of Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Frank Simon, renowned band director and Sousa Band cornet soloist, conducted the band in a benefit concert on April 1, 1949.
Over the years, the band performed in many locations around the Piqua area including the Piqua High School Auditorium and Mays Opera House. The band would find a more permanent home in the Chautauqua Pavillion in Piqua’s Fountain Park. After the structure lost its roof in the Blizzard of 1978, the building was repaired and rededicated as Hance Pavilion.
The Piqua Civic Band (1965-Present)
In 1965, the Piqua Elks Civic Band was reorganized and became the Piqua Civic Band. Many members from the previous organization continued to play with the band and Mr. Hance remained the director. The band has continued to play concerts in Hance Pavilion on Thursday evenings in the summers and at Greene Street United Methodist Church at Christmas time.
Notable soloists with the band have included Mr. Vince DiMartino (trumpet), Mr. James Jeffryes (clarinet), Ms. Mary Woodbury (trumpet), Ms. Linda Landis (trombone), Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Linda Payne (tenor and soprano), Mrs. Mary Knapke (soprano), and Dr. David Sievers (tenor).
In 1999, Mr. Hance retired as director of the band and a series of guest conductors led the band until Mr. Brett Poling was named director in 2015.