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 165th year. On April 30, 2017 at 3:00PM 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. Bill Stowman, trumpet professor at Messiah College is our guest soloist. Alexandra Vargas, the 2017 RYBAA winner from Reading High School will also perform a solo on alto saxophone. Tickets are $15. If you would like to donate towards this wonderful concert through Paypal your name will be listed in our concert program.
Legends in Concert with the Rajah Chanters
Click HERE to see the new SPRING 2017 Newsletter!
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!
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, and will perform 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 will perform with the Ringgold Band over the summer months. Wright Harvey, an Oboe player from Wyomissing HS won 3rd place & and a $500 scholarship.
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.
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!
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!
to access our most recent performances, click the links below:
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.