The Ohio State University at Marion

​Campus welcomes jazz band with local connections

October 31, 2018
​Campus welcomes jazz band with local connections

The Ohio State University at Marion’s Five Nights on Campus performing arts series welcomes The Bone Voyage Jazz Band to Morrill Hall Auditorium, Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.

Bone Voyage has been entertaining audiences since 2001 with a variety of repertoire featuring the standard music of the 20th Century. The band traces its roots back to its founder and Marion native Dave Haldeman.
Haldeman grew up in Marion and Caledonia in the 1950’s and 60’s. He learned to play the trombone at Caledonia School under Howard Howser. At his mother’s flower shop, he was guided by Dick Grimm, an ardent jazz fan. Grimm introduced Haldeman to progressive jazz and he was hooked. Bob Erickson, local music store owner and repairman, influenced every musician he came in contact with and was a huge mentor for us all.

After graduating from Marion Harding High School, Haldeman attended The Ohio State University, earning an education degree in 1967. At Ohio State he played in the marching band, jazz workshop, concert band and activity bands. He was part of Ladd McIntosh’s band that won the Intercollegiate Music Festival Competition in Miami Beach in May of 1967. Following graduation, he taught music at Pleasant and Mt. Gilead before marrying local extension home agent, Karen Meister, and moving to Cincinnati in 1970.

Tom Hyatt and David Haldeman played together in groups around the Cincinnati area since the 1970s. The two of them founded Bone Voyage Jazz Band. With Hyatt’s passing in 2014, the band lost a good friend and fabulous musician. Today the band now has Ken Taylor playing trumpet.

Ron Bramlage adds his flute, clarinet and "boss" tenor sax sound to the group. Bramlage is a fixture around Cincinnati, playing with many groups including jazz, rock and big bands. Scott Bailey, Lou Lausche and Steve Strider comprise the bands rhythm section. Bailey plays and repairs organs in Cincinnati. While Lausche is an attorney and owner of Lausche Recording Studio and has long been regarded among the top bassists in Cincinnati. Steve Strider is a consummate musician and retired public school music teacher.

All Five Nights on Campus performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or e-mail: You may also register for tickets online at:

Ticket prices remain unchanged for the upcoming year. Individual performances are priced at $10 general admission, $9 for seniors (60 and up), $4 for students, (grades k-12, and college), and $8 for campus faculty and staff.

The series is made possible through the support of community-minded businesses in the Marion area. 2018-19 sponsors include: UniPrint, OhioHealth, Marion Industrial Center, Inc., Stifel, iHeartMedia, Merrill Lynch, Marion Community Credit Union, Inc., Frontier, The Marion Star, Wyandot Inc., Morral Companies L.L.C., Marion Technical College, Sims Brothers Recycling, Whirlpool Marion Operations, and ArcelorMittal.