Music Notes: South Central band director recognized

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has named Joe Gaither, the band director at South Central Local Schools in Greenwich, OH, the recipient of Ohio’s 2021 Outstanding Music Educator Award. Gaither, who has a masters degree in Music Education from Kent State University, has worked as a music educator in public schools for the past 14 years. This is the second year that TSO has named an Outstanding Music Educator. Last year’s award was presented to both Justin Kelley of Rossford Schools and Colleen Sieberg of Maumee Valley Country Day School.

Bash on the Bay returns with country icons

Two nights of down-home music will hit Put-in-Bay, headlined by country superstars Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. The 2021 “Bash at the Bay”, staged at the Put-in-Bay airport, will feature performances by artists like Runaway June, Carly Pierce and more. Shelton will perform on Wednesday, August 25 and Urban will take the stage on Thursday, August 26.  Gates open at 3pm each day. $99-$350 per day. For more information, visit