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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

SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

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  The Allentown Band played to a large, enthusiastic crowd in Souderton on Sunday June 27th. Most of this "Independence Day" celebration is on the program for Levitt Pavilion at Steel Stacks, on July 4th.  NOTE: The July 4th concert has been "reschedule" to its normal  time, at 7:30 PM, just before Bethlehem's fireworks. Of course, if you want to be sure to get a good spot for the concert and the fireworks, you just might want to be early.

Did You Know?

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 Did you know that many upcoming Allentown Band concert programs are available online? Just click on the concert in the Google schedule displayed on the Home page or the Schedule page, then select "more details." If the program has been posted, it can be displayed by clicking on the "document" icon:

Rehearsals Resume!

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After thirteen (13!) months, The Allentown Band has resumed rehearsals on Tuesday April 20. As director Ron Demkee noted in a memo on Wednesday, " It was wonderful seeing many [band members], safely distanced, at our first rehearsal in 13 months! Thanks to Christ Church for making this possible.  Really looking forward to getting back to full strength and in-person concerts coming this summer." Strict safety protocols are being followed. Initial rehearsals are limited to musicians playing the upcoming May concerts. After 45 minutes, a break of 30 minutes is enforced to allow the air in the space to turn over completely. Brass instruments are using bell covers, and all musicians are using towels or pads to control moisture. Live concerts are about to start, too! In May, South Whitehall Township is sponsoring Mothers Day and Memorial Day concerts. Instead of these concerts being staged at the Springhouse Middle School, The Allentown Band is appearing at the beautiful Covered Br

2021 American Prize - Semi-Finalists!

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The Allentown Band has won numerous prizes and awards over the years, including Sudler Scroll from the Sousa Foundation, and most recently, The American Prize in several categories. We have just been informed that The Allentown Band has been named a National Semi-Finalist for the 2021 American Prize in Performance in the Community Band Division. The American Prize will be announcing finalists 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/americanprize NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance/Community division, 2021 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

Brass Quintet and Organ Live Streams Coming

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  While we wait for live concerts to resume -- SOON! WE PROMISE! CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE SCHEDULE -- The Allentown Band has another live stream concert series coming up! On Monday April 19 and again on Monday April 26, 2021, at 7:00 PM, Members of The Allentown Band will present  two free LIVE STREAM CONCERTS. The Live Concerts will include performances by a brass quintet comprised of Jeffrey Wohlbach, trumpet; DeVaughn Roberts, trumpet; Nancy Meckstroth, horn; Caitlin Heckman, trombone;  and Ronald Demkee, tuba;  performed in Allentown’s St. John’s Lutheran Church,  with no live audience in attendance. The program will include a wide variety of music including Holborne, Pezel, Gershwin,. Handy, Joplin, Sousa, and more. Eric Gombert, organist at St. John’s will also present several selections on the church’s magnificent Pipe Organ. This concert is presented as part of Arts at St. John’s Concert Series and the Music Performance Trust Fund administered locally by the Lehigh Valley Music