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BACK IN PERSON! Annual Side-by-Side Concert

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 The Allentown Band was thrilled to welcome talented area high school students to the Miller Symphony Hall stage for our annual Side-by-Side concert. Postponed by the pandemic for two years, this is one of the highlights of our season. Recommended by their music teachers--many of whom actually are on the stage with them!--the students receive their parts and arrive at rehearsal ready to go. Students welcomed to rehearsal by Deb Heiney, Allentown Band Community Outreach Director This year's program was entitled "The 20's Roar" and featured music from that era. The students' selections included "New York 1927", original music in that style by Warren Barker, and "Twentiana", a collection of songs arranged by Hawley Ades, directed by Dr. Demkee. Dr. Demkee rehearsing band and students. Our guest conductor for this concert was Loras Schissel, a senior musicologist a the Library of Congress and director of the Virginia Grand Military Band. There'

Invited to Perform

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The Allentown Band has been honored again to be invited to perform at this year's PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) annual conference.  The event this year is being held at the Kalahari Resort Convention Center in the Poconos. The band performs on Saturday April 9th. We wish we could invite our fans, but this PRIVATE concert is open only to conference attendees. The program includes quite a variety of musical selections, many familiar to Allentown Band concert goers. The band opens with William Pryun's "Allentown Sesquicentennial March", an unpublished work that was composed for the band's 150th anniversary in 19789. The next selection is Morton Gould's "Jericho Rhapsody" which actually was composed for the Pennsylvania Music Association (now the PMEA) in 1939. This work was recorded by The Allentown Band and released with a collection of Morton Gould compositions on "Our Band Heritage" Series, Volume 27. The band then featu

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