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.
Concert with the Rajah Shriner Chanters April 19th
The Rajah Shrine Chanters are proud to present “Passin’ the Faith Along: A Southern Gospel Homecoming” The Ringgold Band is pleased to be performing side by side with the Chanters as well as the Hamburg Community Choir. Tickets are $15. Call 610-926-0872 for tickets. Come enjoy a great concert with the Rajah Shrine Chanters!
Lifetime Achievement Award!
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
East Coast Band Conference
The Ringgold Band is proud to host this years East Coast Band Conference on Saturday April 25th in the Ringgold Band Hall. The Ringgold Band will host band scholars who will present research papers in the morning. In the afternoon enjoy a reading rehearsal by Ringgold Band members of rare and seldom-heard band compositions the scholars have presented.
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 The concert “An Afternoon of Americana” featured works from composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Williams, and of course John Philip Sousa. Andrea Behler, the winner of this years Ringgold Band Young Artist Competition performed a soloistic version of “Oh Susanna” with the band. The Ringgold New Horizons Band provided prelude music.
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!
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 Andrea Behler, an flute player from Schuylkill Valley high School. She will be awarded $1000 in scholarship money, and will perform 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.