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Ezra Wenner, Jr. Retires after 80 Years of Service to The Allentown Band

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  After an incredible 80-year tenure as a member of the Allentown Band, Ezra Wenner has decided to retire effective December 31, 2022. Ezra started playing with The Allentown Band while still a high school student, during the fall of 1942, under the direction of Bert Meyers. Over the years Ezra has served the band at various times as Trombone Section Leader, Soloist, Board Member, Librarian, and Secretary-Treasurer. He even drove the equipment truck on occasion. It is highly unlikely that anyone will ever match, let alone surpass Ezra’s tenure, dedication, and service to the band. A celebration of Ezra's service with The Allentown Band was held Wednesday January 25, 2023 at Luther Crest. Ezra Wenner received a warm well deserved reception last evening at Luther Crest from about 50 Band members and friends on the occasion of his Retirement Celebration. The evening was a jubilant occasion in celebration and recognition of Ezra Wenner's storied tenure and many contributions to th

The Allentown Band to perform Showcase Concert at New York Wind Band Festival

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The Allentown Band has been invited to perform the Showcase Concert for the New York Wind Band Festival presented by World Projects at Carnegie Hall, NYC at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Conductor Ronald Demkee will conduct the band in John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare,” Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy and the Finale to Tchaikovski’s “Symphony No. 4” Guest Soloist Omri Barak, Principal Trumpet with the Allentown Symphony, will perform James Curnow’s “Concertpiece.” Internationally acclaimed Dutch composer Johan de Meij will conduct the premier performance of his new arrangement of “James Bond 007” for Wind Orchestra. The festival is a three-day adjudicated event for high school, college, and adult bands from across the United States and Europe culminating with the Showcase Concert by the Allentown Band. The band has performed this prestigious Showcase Concert at Carnegie Hall for this festival on three previous occasions- in 2009, 2016 and 2019. The band has also performed the S

Guest Conductor Announced for 2023 Side-by-Side Concert

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We are delighted to report that Major Ryan Nowlin, Assistant Conductor, US Marine Band will serve as Guest Conductor for the Allentown Band Side by Side Concert at Miller Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Details to follow. Major Ryan J. Nowlin Assistant Director Major Ryan J. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2010 as staff arranger. He was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2014, earned the rank of captain in July 2016, and was promoted to his current rank in January 2020. He was appointed Executive Officer and Senior Assistant Director in May 2018. With “The President’s Own,” Maj. Nowlin has arranged and composed a variety of music for the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, brass ensembles, and various small ensembles. He has written arrangements for an array of guest artists for national events, including a 2013 collaboration with Kelly Clarkson (“America”) and BeyoncĂ© (“The Star-Spangled Banner”) fo

2022 Youth Concerts ONLINE

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Good News! This year's Youth Concerts were recorded by Kutztown University video production team. Your correspondent does not know how long these will be available, but these can be enjoyed for now. Videos Courtesy of Kutztown University Allentown Band Concert November 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM  (Program begins about 14 minutes in...) Allentown Band Concert November 16, 2022 at Noon (Program begins about 3 minutes in...)

2022 Young People's Concerts Announced

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The Allentown Band presents its annual Youth Concerts on Wednesday November 16, 2022 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This year, with sufficient school participation, two concerts are planned, for 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. This year's program comprises two works composed specifically to help young people understand the instruments of the concert band: Yankee Doodling: A Young Person’s Guide to the Concert Band by Daniel Kallman, with Emile Guida, Narrator An energetic and comic theme and variations of this favorite tune with a narrator to introduce the instruments of the band. This might be thought of as a parallel to Leonard Bernstein’s “Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra.” The Gingerbread Boy in Concert  by Lawrence Kursar, with Emile Guida, Narrator This 14-minute narrated work for Concert Band features the different instruments of the brass family as characters in this American Folk Tale. Color illustrations from Richard Eiglieski’s “The Gingerbread Boy”

Congrats! Allentown Band Members Recognized by Barry Manilow Award

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Congratulations go to Jason Lerew, director of all things band at Parkland High School, and regular clarinetist and saxophonist with The Allentown Band. Also, kudos to Mike Moran, director at Freedom High School, and trombonist with The Allentown Band, and other area music teachers for everything that you do! BARRY MANILOW ANNOUNCES MUSIC TEACHER AWARD TO COINCIDE WITH HIS SUMMER ARENA TOUR 'MANILOW: HITS 2022' Each Tour City Nominating Their Favorite Music Teacher for VIP Experience to Show Including Tickets and Back Stage Award Presentation with Barry Manilow   NEW YORK, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Music icon Barry Manilow announced today his Manilow Music Project will once again award a deserving music teacher in each city of his summer arena tour.   Every venue on Manilow's tour has participated by suggesting schools and teachers in their area that they wish to be considered for this award. In each city, the winning teacher will receive a 5K cash award and another 5K

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'