Quality Concert Band Entertainment Since 1852
The historic Ringgold Band is proud to be one of America’s first community bands. Formed in 1852 amid the rolling hills and farms of Berks County, Pa., we continue a longstanding tradition of fine musical entertainment in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Our diverse concert programs include familiar classics and challenging new works, as well as symphonic overtures, show tunes, solos and a myriad of marches.
Spring Anniversary Concert: Jim’s 50th year with the Ringgold Band!
The Annual Spring Concert will celebrate Ringgold’s 164th year. On April 30, 2017 at 3:30PM we will celebrate our director, Jim Seidel’s 50th year with the Ringgold Band. The concert will feature his favorite selections from over 5 decades. Tickets are $15. If you would like to donate towards this wonderful concert through Paypal your name will be listed in our concert program. CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION
Ringgold Band Young Artist Award
Each year the Ringgold Band gives a $1000.00 cash award to a student who is planning on continuing their career in music or continue to perform in an instrumental ensemble either in college or the military.
Qualifications are: 1. You are a senior attending a Berks County Public School 2. You have been selected for the MEBC’s Sr. County Band Festival. 3. You plan to continue to perform in an instrumental ensemble beyond high school. 4. You must audition on the chosen District 10 solo in front of a jury of Ringgold Band members. 5. You will be asked to sight read a selection.
If selected for the award, you will perform as a soloist on our annual anniversary concert, scheduled for April 30, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in West Reading. You will also have the opportunity to perform with the band at select locations throughout our concert season during the summer. We ask when you appear at your audition, you have pre-selected a solo with band accompaniment that could potentially be performed with the band.
Click HERE to see the new FALL 2016 Newsletter!
Dinner Concert: A Huge Success!
The Ringgold Band held their Fall Dinner Concert on November 6, 2016 to a SOLD OUT crowd at Stokesay Castle This concert featured saxophone soloist Dale Underwood playing “The Great American Band Song Book”. We would like to thank all those who attended!
To See Photos of this concert from Bill Coughlin CLICK HERE!
Penn Wheelman Podcast Series- a hit!
Our three part podcast series on the Penn Wheelman March and its historical significance to the Reading biking community can be hear here:
New Horizons Orchestra: new outreach program
Several months ago the administration of Berks County’s Encore program approached Ringgold about taking over the reins of the Encore Sr. Orchestra. This was a very difficult decision for all involved, but the bottom line became the Encore resources are just becoming very stretched for all the services they are provide. The Ringgold Band has very successfully created a national model for creating the Ringgold New Horizons Band. The New Horizons began with 19 eager Sr. musicians and has grown to over 70 dedicated “budding” musicians, who not only enjoy playing their instruments, but many many friendships have formed.
If this model worked once, why can’t we create an orchestra as well. To begin the new process we talked with the current Encore members and asked them to consider creating a string ensemble first, and current winds to join the New Horizons Band. This will begin to build a base of strings in the same manner that we developed the Band. Hopefully in the very near future we will again merge the two entities and have a full orchestra.
On Tuesday, October 4, the first string ensemble rehearsed in the Ringgold Rehearsal facility with success. If you are a former string player and haven’t touched your instrument or are looking for a supportive atmosphere to play and meet new friends please consider joining the New Horizons Orchestra.
To learn more please contact Jim Seidel, at 484-332-7005 or email the Ringgold Band via the website www.ringgoldband.com
Thanks to RMF who always lends their support!
The Reading Music Foundation gives financial support to many arts organizations including the Ringgold Band on a yearly basis. This financial support helps the Ringgold Band in their Youth and Senior initiatives.
Ringgold Band has received 3 grants!
The Ringgold Band has received a several monetary grants to support their mission of sharing quality band music throughout the Berks County area. We are recipients of the Berks County Community Foundation Penn Street Arts Grant ($9900). For those grant the Ringgold Band will be performing 3 concerts in the Reading Improvement District around Penn Street. We also received a $855 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Partner of the Arts: Program Stream. This is facilitated by the Berks Art Council. With these funds the Ringgold Band will bring in world famous saxophone soloist, Dale Underwood.
The Ringgold Band has joined forces with the peoples chronicles to launch their new podcast series “Sustaining an American Musical Tradition”. Find out what the Ringgold Band is all about, why we are still making music over 160 years later, and why you should come hear us play. So far there are over 30 podcasts!
The Ringgold Band sponsors a yearly monetary scholarship award to promote lifelong musicianship among high school students who plan to continue their musical studies in college or the military. This year’s winner is Eric Zhunio, a euphonium player from Wilson High School. He was awarded $1000 in scholarship money, and will perform with the Ringgold Band on April 17, 2016 at the Spring Anniversary Concert. Skylar Moyer, an Oboe player from Kutztown HS won 2nd place & and a $500 scholarship. She will perform with the Ringgold Band over the summer months. Erica Kirn, an Clarinet player from Conrad Weiser HS won 3rd place & and a $200 scholarship.
Photographs were taken by Bill Coughlin at the concert. CLICK HERE to see the Photographs.
Fall Dinner Concert 2015 Photos
See photos from Bill Coughlin –Dinner Concert Photos
Tim Foley, retired conductor of the US Marine Band will led the Ringgold band in a “Trip Around the World”. The concert featured song selections the Sousa Band performed on their famous World Tours as well as what we believed Sousa would have performed had he been alive in today’s world. Thank you to all who attended.
Congratulations to the late GENE UMBENHOUER for his long service to the Ringgold Band! Here is a clip about a lifetime award presented to him last years concert. The Ringgold library was officially named “The Gene Umbenhouer Library”. We were so grateful to have such a dedicated man as a member of our ensemble and will miss him dearly. http://www.wfmz.com/…/ringgold-band-member-honored…/32082592
Help the Ringgold Band through the Internet!
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Watch and Listen to the Ringgold Band!
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Ringgold New Horizons Band
The Ringgold New Horizons Band meets every Wednesday at 10:00am in Room 104 in Francis Hall at Alvernia University in Reading. We welcome new members to join us. Most of our members also are re-discovering their old instruments, but beginners are welcome as well. For more information CLICK HERE
Please park your cars in the lot by the Alvernia athletic fields at the end of Greenway St and a shuttle bus will take us to and from Francis Hall. At the corner of St. Bernadine st. and Greenway you will see a marquee with arrows pointing to the athletic facility. The shuttle will pick you up 15 minutes prior to your designated time. Meet the bus at about 9:45 at the athletic fields parking lot.
For questions please do not hesitate to call or email Jim Seidel at 610-779-8858.