Quality Concert Band Entertainment Since 1852

Ringgold Band LogoRINGGOLD BAND
 3539-A Freemont St, Laureldale PA  19605
610-929-8525

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.

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Dinner Concert –SOLD OUT!!!

The Annual Dinner Concert  will be the long awaited return of Ringgold’s own Andrews Sisters on November 12, 2017 at 5:00PM  at Stokesay Castle.  The vocal trio of Meghan DeWald Althouse, Katelyn Aungst, and Alex Booth will reprise their popular roles, alongside of the vocal stylings of Tyler Rutt. This concert also celebrates Jim Seidel’s 50th year with the Ringgold Band.  To order tickets, download this order form here.  We hope to see you there!  To read the newsletter about this amazing concert CLICK HERE.

The soloists are sponsored by the Gertrude Sternbergh Concert Fund of the Reading Musical Foundation. The dinner concert is also sponsored by Vist Bank, the Berks Art Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.-  THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!

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Ringgold Hall needs Renovations!

The Ringgold Band Hall was acquired in 1989 and is in need of some major improvements. Vital improvements include adding an emergency exit and stairway to the building, creating an ADA compliant bathroom, and creating a more efficient space for the preservation of music, archives, and office in the lower level. As a non-profit 501c organization, the band operates on a “break- even” basis. Although we are currently able to fund a portion of the renovation cost, we are asking for your generous support to help fund these needed improvements which will enable the band to continue to provide quality concert band music to the greater Reading are long into the future.  Donations are tax-deductible.  
Please mail donations to: Ringgold Band, Inc, 3539 Freemont Street, Laureldale, Pa  19605

If you would like to make a ONE TIME or RECURRING ONLINE DONATION to the Ringgold Band, click on the Donate button.



Tribute to Jim Seidel

The Annual Spring Concert  celebrated Ringgold’s 165th year on April 30, 2017 at 3:00PM This was Jim Seidel’s 50th year with the Ringgold Band.  The concert will featured his favorite selections from over 5 decades.  billstowmanBill Stowman, trumpet professor at Messiah College was our guest soloist. Alexandra Vargas, received_1362961647101786the 2017 RYBAA winner from Reading High School also performed a solo on alto saxophone.   Photos from the Spring Concert courtesy of Bill Coughlin.

Click HERE to see the new SPRING 2017 Newsletter!

RINGGOLD BAND Podcast Series!Riggoldband

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!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST SERIES.

Our three part podcast series on the Penn Wheelman March and its historical significance to the Reading biking community can be hear here: 

RINGGOLD BAND YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

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 Alexandra Vargas, a saxophone player from Reading High School.  She was awarded $1000 in scholarship money, performed with the Ringgold Band on April 30, 2017 at the Spring Anniversary Concert.  Matt Bowers, an Clarinet player from Governor MIfflin HS won 2nd place & and a $500 scholarship. He  performed with the Ringgold Band over the summer months.  Wright Harvey, an Oboe player from  Wyomissing HS won 3rd place & and a $500 scholarship.

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Thanks to RMF who always lends their support!

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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.

Lifetime Achievement Award!

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!

Did you know you can help financially support the band just by changing your search engine?  The Ringgold Band is proud to announce we are listed on Goodsearch and IGIVE.

Goodsearch donates money to your favorite cause when you search the Internet, shop online or dine out at local restaurants! Use Goodsearch to search the Internet and they donate a penny per search to the Ringgold Band. Register your credit cards on Goodswipe, and the Ringgold band will receive up to 5% donation on purchases made at local stores and restaurants around town.  Use  Goodshop or iGive when you shop online and they donate a percentage of every purchase and offer over 100,000 coupons to help you save money too! Sign up for their Gooddining program and they’ll donate a percentage of your restaurant bill when you eat at any one of thousands of participating restaurants. It’s really easy; it’s free, and turns simple everyday actions into a way to make the world a better place. Please select the Ringgold Band as your charity of choice! We have always enjoyed the strong support of our loyal followers, and ask you to consider helping us out in this painless way at no cost to you!

Watch and Listen to the Ringgold Band!

Please check out all our latest  news on FACEBOOK. and TWITTER . as well as videos of our performances on YOU TUBE.

to access our most recent performances, click the links below:

“FUGUE ON YANKEE DOODLE”

“KEEPING STEP WITH THE UNION”

“BULLETS & BAYONETS”

“BLUE & GREY”

“RETURN OF THE GUARD”

“VANITY FAIR”

“WEDDING DANCE”

“SELECTIONS FROM LES MISERABLES”

“DOTTY DIMPLES”

Ringgold New Horizons Band

The Ringgold New Horizons Band meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at 3539A Freemont Street in Laureldale.  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

For questions please do not hesitate to call or email Jim Seidel at 610-779-8858.

 

 

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