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Sad News: Jerry will be missed

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  Jerry reviewing a take with Ron It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our long-time recording engineer and good friend of The Allentown Band, Jerry Tyson. Jerry was the recording engineer and editor for all thirty-two volumes of The Allentown Band's "Our Band Heritage" series, a project that started in 1984 with vinyl 33-1/3 rpm records, transitioned to cassette tapes, and finally to compact discs "CDs", which were produced with his AMP label. These recordings have reached listeners in all fifty states and twenty-three foreign countries. My relationship with Jerry actually began in 1968, when he recorded the very first annual Spring Concert by the Freedom High School Patriot Band in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For decades, Jerry also recorded all of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's District 10 Band, Orchestra and Chorus concerts, so our paths crossed many times during my thirty-two year tenure at FHS and at these PMEA Festivals. We

Holiday Concert - Sunday December 12, 2021 3 PM

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  For many years, your correspondent has been privileged to perform at The Allentown Band's annual Dinner Concert, usually held the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving, although suspended temporarily by the on-going pandemic.  While Dr. Demkee has chosen a variety of themes in recent years, a portion of the program usually is reserved to welcome the season. And for me, the Holiday Season truly arrives with the playing of Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival , the famous celebration of familiar carols by which other such works are judged. A Christmas Festival  was composed in 1950 when Anderson was the composer/arranger in residence with the Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. The orchestrations are full and lush, the transitions between songs natural and inspiring. It's as satisfying to play as it is joyful to hear. More information is available at leroyanderson.com

Live or Live Streaming - Upcoming Concerts

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Several upcoming Allentown Band concerts are available FREE online: While we'd really be honored by your in-person attendance, our Hallowe'en program, with guests soloist Dr. Joseph Murray, saxophone, is streaming on the Christ Church YouTube page. This program features plenty of ghoulish music, such as "March to the Scaffold" by Berlioz, and "Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens, among others.  Click Here to Join the October 31 Live Stream Rehearsing with Dr. Murphy Because of the on-going pandemic, our annual Youth Concert at Miller Symphony Hall once again is going virtual. Our theme this year is "Imagine That" and includes music based on "Aesop's Fables", "Variations on Bingo" by our our Steve Reisteter, and more. This year's concert is available online on Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 10:00 AM. LiveStream @ Miller 11/3/2021 10:00 AM Click Here Arts at St. John's features The Allentown Band for a traditional Christmas s

Allentown Band Places 2nd in American Prize Competition

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 We are very proud and pleased to learn that The Allentown Band placed 2nd in the 2021 National American Prize in the Community Band Division. CONGRATULATIONS to Gerald Gilbeaux and the Acadian Wind Symphony on winning this prestigious honor this year. More on  The American Prize The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division, 2021 The American Prize winner: Gerald Guilbeaux    Acadian Wind Symphony    Lafayette    LA Acadian Wind Symphony The Acadian Wind Symphony  was founded by conductor, Gerald Guilbeaux during the summer of 1994 with a special invitation to professional and amateur wind and percussion players from the South Louisiana. The Ensemble is a collection of some of Acadiana’s top instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary masterworks for band. It provides an opportunity for serious wind players and percussionists from the Lafayette area to share in the highest level of musical expression and artistry. Many of the

AMERICANS WE TRIBUTE TO VETERANS

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Fans of The Allentown Band support the on-going commitment to honoring our nation's veterans and first responders. This year,  The Allentown Band, along with “America’s Tenor” Daniel Rodriguez, (aka "the Singing Policeman") will perform a program of Patriotic favorites paying tribute to all veterans, with special recognition of WWII and Korean War Vets. The 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be commemorated with Richard Rodgers Symphonic Portrait “Victory at Sea.” There will also be a special tribute to all First Responders on this, the 20th Anniversary Year of 9-11. A Video narrated by Susan Falciani Maldonado, Curator of the Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College brings into focus events occurring in the Lehigh Valley during WWII as the band performs James Christensen’s “The Homefront: Musical Memories of WWII” Tickets $10.00 to $16.00 All Veterans admitted FREE. Simply identify yourself when ordering your ticket and tell the Box Office in which branc

Annual Salute to Bert Meyers - Sunday September 12

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 This Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM, The Allentown Band presents its annual "Salute to Bert Meyers" concert at the West Park bandshell. The selections are arranged as Bert would have programmed the concert, and features many of Bert's favorites. Albertus L. Meyers was featured as a cornet soloist with The Allentown Band before touring with the famous Sousa Band in 1925. His repertoire included many of the standard cornet solos of that period, displaying the technical capabilities of the instrument, and the artistry of the performer, such as Herbert L. Clarke's "Bride of the Waves" and "Carnival of Venice." Born in Richlandtown on September 7, 1890, Meyers started music lessons with his father, John B. Meyers, a member of The Allentown Band. He studied cornet under such luminaries as Herbert L. Clarke and Signor Liberati. He studied French horn with Anton Horner, and had opportunities to sit in on rehearsals with the Philadelphia Orchestra w
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  ​ Release June 25, 2021: The  Allentown Band  is honored to be named a NATIONAL FINALIST in the 2021 American Prize Community Band Division along with these excellent bands from across the United States. Winners to be announced soon. Ronald Demkee, The Allentown Band, Allentown, PA Gerald Guilbeaux, Acadian Wind Symphony, Lafayette, LA Lee Hartman, Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City MO Keith W. Hodgson, The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mays Landing NJ Kenneth Singleton, Boulder Concert Band, Boulder. CO Matthew Salvaggio, University Heights Symphonic Band, University Heights OH Ted Vives, Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos, NM The American Prize will be announcing results in the division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here:  www.theamericanprize.org  or follow the news on Facebook:  https://www. facebook.com/pages/The- American-Prize-celebrating- American-excellence-in-the- arts/214320622728  or Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ americanp