Souvenir Plate Honoring The Dominic Greco Band
The Italian Band of 1917 was much like it is today. Some of the finest and most dedicated musicians from our area played outdoor concerts to the delight of their audiences. The first director was the esteemed Dominic Greco, a music teacher who emigrated from Italy to our area and realized the need for a full concert band of diverse musicians. Their talent and reputation grew until one day, as legend has it, at the state fair where they were performing, members of the Sousa Band came to hear them play. In the midcentury, the Italian Band became known as the Dover Concert Band. Then as a tribute to its founder, the band members changed the name to the Dominic Greco Band. Present director Frederick Delphia has conducted the band for nearly 30 years.
To reach the 100-year mark from the founding of this band is a remarkable tribute to the musicians and audiences alike. The Tuscarawas Valley knows the treasure they have enjoyed. It is the mission of the Dominic Greco Band to keep alive the grand tradition of the community concert band in thrilling outdoor performances.
The Dominic Greco Band became the "House Band" at Tuscora Park during the early days of the Summer Showcase series and has brought thousands of people to the park over the succeeding years. It is because of the immense popularity and the special" touch of class" the band has brought to Tuscora Park that the 2017 Festival Committee has decided to honor the band on its centennial year as the festival's souvenir plate design.'