Youth Outreach Programs

The Ringgold Band strives to promote band history and musicianship with the youth in our local area as well as the local community.

Working with local school District, music stores, and PMEA, the Ringgold Band is proud to sponsor these initiatives:

*BANDING TOGETHER
*HIGH SCHOOL SIDE BY SIDE CONCERT W/ RINGGOLD BAND
*DISTRICT 10 BAND READING SESSION
*RINGGOLD BAND YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Ringgold Band Young Artist Award (RBYAA)

Each year the Ringgold Band awards $1000.00 to a high school senior who intends to continue their career in music, or to continue to perform in a college or military instrumental ensemble.  Qualifying applicants must be a senior attending a Berks County Public High School and a member of the Berks Senior High County Band Festival.  The applicants must perform the solo that they have prepared for their County and District Band audition for a panel of judges from the Ringgold Band.  The students perform their solo and talk to us about their musical experiences and future music plans.  Every year we are delighted by not only the musical performances but the conversation that we have with these young adults.  This year was no exception. 

Current 2015 RYBAA Winners:

Andrea Behler- flute-winner

Andrea  is  a senior Flute player from Oley High School.   Along with the opportunity to perform with the band at our Anniversary Concert, Andrea will receive a $1000 scholarship.

David Mayrhofer- Clarinet-2nd Place

David loves music and hopes to include it in his life for as long as he can!”  Alex, a student from Brandywine Heights High School will receive a $500 scholarship and will be a featured soloist with the band this summer at Hill Church.

Past winners:

Year Name Instrument High School
2017
2016  Andrea Behler

David Mayrhofer

Flute

Clarinet

 

 Schuylkill Valley

Brandywine Heights

2015  Eric Zhunio

Skylar Moyer

Erica Kern

 Baritone

Oboe

Clarinet

 Wilson

Wyomissing

Wilson

2014 1st Place: Noah Breneman

2nd Place: Kelli Hess

2nd place: Nicolas Bowser

Oboe

Saxophone

trumpet

Exeter

Boyertown

Hamburg

2013 1stPlace: Chris Shewel

l2nd Place: Alex Christensen

3rd Place:  Brandon Buterbaugh 

Trumpet

Bass Clarinet

Trombone 

OleyValley

Conrad Weiser

Governor Mifflin

2012 1stPlace: Mitch Mest

2nd Place: Cory Samsel

Euphonium

Flute

Boyertown

Daniel Boone

2011 Seth Ebersole Alto Sax Governor Mifflin
2010 1stPlace-Hillary Rogosky

2nd Place-Andrew Mohler

3rd place-Carmen Ebersole

Clarinet

Alto Sax

Trumpet

Oley Valley

Kuztown

Governor Mifflin

2009 1stPlace-Sam Schreiber

2nd Place-Amanda Galick

3rd place-Rachel Kiefer

ClarinetFluteClarinet Oley Valley

Boyertown

Wilson

2008 Eric Schneiderhan Trombone Wilson
2007 Michael McCloskey Alto Sax Wilson
2006 Amy Dawe Flute Exeter

Banding Together

      One of the missions of the Ringgold Band is to encourage and foster the development & love of band music among the youth of Berks County. The program puts together musicians of Ringgold Band with budding middle school students in a rehearsal setting. Ringgold members sit among the middle school students & rehearse music chosen by the school director.  A small master class on each instrument is presented to students while a meeting between Jim Seidel, Ringgold members & band parents is held on topics ranging from practicing, private lessons and the importance of music education. Finally, a concert is presented for the parents, followed by a reception.

       We hope students gain positive insight about playing band music & the Ringgold musicians gain insight to what is going on in public school music education.  Students also discover that music is a lifetime activity regardless of profession. The seed of continuation in music is planted, and with the support of family, teachers and groups like the Ringgold Band, the young musician is on his or her way to a lifetime of music making.

Year School Band Director
 2016  Kutztown Middle School
2015 Berks Catholic- Parochial Schools  Bryan Scollick
2014
2013 Tulpehocken Middle School
Dustin Shirk
2012 Exeter Township Junior High Kyle Luckenbill
2011 Wyomissing Middle School Cathy Barra
2010 Fleetwood Middle School Kris Nygard
2009 Governor Mifflin Middle School Heather Griffin
2008 Kutztown Middle School Carl Zepplin
2007  Oley Valley Middle School  Amy Parsons
2006  Conrad Weiser Middle School  Neil Lutz
2005  Reading Middle Schools Cindy Miller-Aungst
1995 Schuylkill Valley Kurt Schneiderhan


High School Side-By-Side Concerts

Year School & Bands Band Director, Guest Artists
 2017  Brandywine Heights High School
 2016  Hamburg High School  Megan Reimer
2015 Governor Mifflin High School Tony Deininger
2014 Conrad Weiser High School Neil Lutz & Lebanon Valley Clarinet Choir
2013 Twin Valley High School
Dan Long & Penn State Wind Quintet
2012 Fleetwood High School with the Messiah College Brass Ensemble Chuck Ebersole & William Stowman
2011 Schuylkill Valley High School with the PSU Trombone Choir Kurt Schneiderhan & Mark Rusk

Fall Dinner Concert Youth Soloists

Year Name Instrument High School
2012 Noah Breneman
Oboe Exeter
2011 Garrett Brown Bassoon Governor Mifflin
2010 Zach Jepsen-Burger Mallets Oley Valley
2009 Cynthia Vought Flute Wilson
2008 Dana Cullen French Horn Exeter

PMEA District 10 Reading Session

For the past several years the Ringgold Band has hosted a rehearsal for High School students who have made District Band at Muhlenberg High School. This gives students a chance to see how their part fits into the overall score, before their District 10 re-audition.  Several of the RBYAA winners have attended this event!

 

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