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 BAND 162ND SPRING ANNIVERSARY CONCERT was a great success!
The Ringgold Band 162nd Anniversary Concert “THE BERKS COUNTY CONNECTION” was held on Sunday April 13, 2014 at 3PM. The concert was held in the Scottish Rite Auditorium. Dave Stahl was our guest artist on trumpet. Dave is the head of the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, and Dave Stahl Big Band and has performed with many well known artists including Liza Minnelli. In addition, “Sandstone Angles” a musical composition written by Jill Haley, and arranged by Ringgold’s own Tom Shade, was performed. Jill recently completed an Artist-In Residence at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Jill also performed an oboe concerto written by Berks county native Erwin Chandler. Finally we featured the winner of our Ringgold Band Young Artists Award, Noah Breneman. Noah is a senior who studies oboe at Exeter High School. Tickets were $15, available through band members or at the door.
A Special thank you to National Penn Bank, our corporate sponsor for this concert!
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 was Noah Breneman, an oboe player from Exeter HS. He will be awarded $1000 in scholarship money, and will perform with the Ringgold Band on April 13, 2014 at the Spring Anniversary Concert. Nicolas Bowser, a trumpet player from Hamburg HS won 2nd place & and a $500 scholarship. Kelli Hess, a alto saxophone player from Boyertown also won 2nd place & and a $500 scholarship. Both Nicolas and Kelli will perform with the Ringgold Band in the summer months.
The Ringgold Band performed for the first time ever at the Berks Jazz Fest this year on Sunday March 30, 2014 at 4PM. The concert was held in the Miller Center. The colloboration that featured HESSE”S HOT 3was met with enthusiastic applause, and we received a standing ovation!Hesse’s Hot 3 Berks Jazz Fest
On Thursday March 27, 2014 the Ringgold Band Has performed at the annual AMERICAN CONCERT BANDS conference. This was a great honor and we were delighted to have been selected among the best bands on the eastern seaboard. The concert was held at 8:30 PM at the Holiday Inn located in downtown Allentown (904 West Hamilton Street).
This years annual SIDE BY SIDE CONCERT was held with the Conrad Weiser Area High School Band under the direction of Neil Lutz. The concert was held on Monday February 24, 2014 at 7Pm in the Conrad Weiser High School auditorium.
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Watch and Listen to the Ringgold Band!
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Ringgold New Horizons Band
The Ringgold New Horizons Band just performed their first past three concerts this past year. They were met with enthusiatic applause for their splendid efforts. Here is a recording of the Ringgold New Horizon Band “MORRIS DANCE”
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.