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Jeannette native Ozzello enjoys 'thrilling' national title game as Alabama band director

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 7:12 p.m.
Alabama band director Ken Ozzello is a Jeannette native.
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Alabama band director Ken Ozzello is a Jeannette native.

The University of Alabama's college football national championship had another nice ring to it for Ken Ozzello.

A Jeannette native, Ozzello is the band director at Alabama, which edged past Georgia, 26-23, in Monday's title game in Atlanta.

Ozzello, who is a professor of music, has been to six national championship games with the Crimson Tide since he became director in 1989.

“Each game has had a different feel to it, and the playoff system has added another level of interest to the championship,” Ozzello said. “(This) game certainly ranks among the best. The range of emotions was thrilling for our members and staff.

“It has been quite a run over the past 10 years with coach (Nick) Saban.”

Ozzello said the weather has been an issue for his band in recent games.

“There has been unusually cold weather in both New Orleans and Atlanta,” he said. “It's been Pittsburgh-cold down here.”

Ozzello has received a championship ring for previous titles.

“All I need now is a Steelers Super Bowl victory for a perfect football year,” he said.

Before coming to Alabama, Ozzello was the band director at West Virginia, and before that held the same position at Jeannette High School.

He also is the conductor of the Alabama Wind Ensemble.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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