Defiance College students selected to Intercollegiate Honor Band

January 22, 2020

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Two members of the Defiance College bands were selected to participate in the 32nd Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Intercollegiate Honor Band at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

The concert, held on Sunday, January 19, at the Hugo Young Theater on the Ashland University Campus, was part of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) honors festival. This year's festival featured 111 student musicians and 25 band directors representing 17 Ohio schools, including Defiance College. Participating students were nominated by their university band directors for their exceptional musicianship.

Students Michaela Hunt and Dakota Swift

DC students Michaela Hunt (alto saxophone), Sylvania, and Dakota Swift (percussion), Ayersville, attended the event along with DC Band Director Cassidy Nalepa.

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The College is guided by the four pillars of its mission: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve. The College website is