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.
July 1st Concert: CANCELLED!
Our third and final concert as part of the Penn Street Arts Grant scheduled tobe held at 5th and Penn, downtown Reading on Friday July 1st from 5-6:30PM is CANCELLED due to storm forecasts.
Spring Anniversary Concert: A Success!
Click HERE for a copy of SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER!
The Ringgold Band held their Spring Anniversary Concert on April 17, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. The Ringgold Band celebrated the centennial of the National Park Service at their Spring Concert. This concert featured local musician Jill Haley who performed her own original compositions and showed her own photography from residencies at several National Parks. Photographs were taken by Bill Coughlin at the concert. CLICK HERE to see the Photographs.
The Ringgold Band mourns the passing on April 9 of Paul E. Bierley, noted John Philip Sousa historian and author. Dr. Bierley was a friend of the Ringgold Band and was a guest performer and conductor at our spring concert in 2001. Dr. Bierley was 90 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.