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 has lost one of their own members!
With heavy hearts Ringgold Band has one of the dear lifelong members Gene Umbenhouer. Gene was a member with the Ringgold Band for over 37 years serving in many roles on the executive board, in the trumpet section, and especially as librarian to this band. Listed below is his obituary. A fellow band members Dave Myers created a video honoring the memory of Gene and another musician Arlen Saylor. Please take a moment to send prayers to the family. He was the heart and soul of this band and will greatly be missed.
Obituary of Gene Umbenhouer
He was the husband of Madlyn E. (Balthaser) Umbenhouer, they were married Nov. 15, 1952, together they celebrated 62 years of marriage. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Robert M. and Alva L. (Rickenbach) Umbenhouer.
Gene served in the US Army and was a member of Advent Lutheran Church. He was a very talented trumpet player, playing in numerous bands throughout his more than 70 year musical career. He also taught private brass musical lessons and repaired musical instruments. He served for 36 years as Librarian of the Ringgold Band and was awarded the Gene R. Umbenhouer Ringgold Band Commemorate Library.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife Madlyn, are children Gary L. Umbenhouer, husband of Colleen, Douglasville; Gail A. (Umbenhouer) Undheim, wife of Rick Adams, Sinking Spring; granddaughter Heather L. Faller; great-grandchildren Aidan, Logan and Kayla Faller. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kim L. Umbenhouer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gene’s memory to Ringgold Band: 3529 Fremont Street # A, Reading, PA 19605.
Memorial service will be held in Bean Funeral Homes, 3825 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00am, Rev. William B. Fryer, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will follow in Laureldale Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 9:00-10:00am.
Congratulations to GENE UMBENHOUER for his long service to the Ringgold Band! Here is a clip about a lifetime award presented to him at the concert. The Ringgold library has been officially named “The Gene Umbenhouer Library”. We are so grateful to have such a dedicated man as a member of our ensemble. http://www.wfmz.com/…/ringgold-band-member-honored…/32082592
163rd ANNIVERSARY CONCERT- A Great Success!
The Ringgold Band joined forces with the Reading Choral Society for our annual Spring concert. It was held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Sunday March 29, 2015 at 3PM
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
RINGGOLD BAND Podcast Series!
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 People Chronicles-Ringgold Band.
There will be a new podcast premiered every Friday!
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 will perform 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!
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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.