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.
Ringgold Young Artist Award- Auditions
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. Due to a conflict with county Jazz Band auditions…Times have been modified below.
AUDITION DATE: Monday, February 8, 2016 between 4:00-7:00 pm .
You will be notified in advance of your designated time.
LOCATION: Ringgold Band Hall 3539A Freemont St. Laureldale, PA 19605
Application Deadline: Friday, January 29 , 2016.
If selected for the award, you will perform as a soloist on our annual anniversary concert, scheduled for April 17, 2016 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.
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!
District 10 Band Reading Session
As part of our youth initiative, the Ringgold Band hosted our annual District Band Music Reading Session on MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016 in the Muhlenberg High School Band room. It was a great success. Click Here for photos from this event
Fall Dinner Concert a Huge Success!
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.
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) and Rural Arts Grant ($3300). For those grant the Ringgold Band will be performing 3 concerts in the Reading Improvement District around Penn Street, and one concert at Hamburg Park. We also received a $2016 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 the help of the Wyomissing Foundation. With these funds the Ringgold Band will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service at their Spring Concert. This concert will feature local musician Jill Haley performing her own original compositions and showing her own photgraphy from residencies at several National Parks.
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
Check out this amazing photogallery of our Spring concert! Kudos to Bill Coughlin, the photographer for his talent and generosity of sharing these photos. http://twinoakphoto.zenfolio.com/ringgold2015
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 was Andrea Behler, an flute player from Schuylkill Valley high School. She was awarded $1000 in scholarship money, and performed with the Ringgold Band on March 29, 2015 at the Spring Anniversary Concert. David Mayrhofer, a clarinet player from Brandywine Height HS won 2nd place & and a $500 scholarship. He performed with the Ringgold Band over the summer months.
Help the Ringgold Band through the Internet!
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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 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.