Showing posts from March, 2021

Brass Quintet and Organ Live Streams Coming

  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

Allentown Band Honored AGAIN by The American Prize

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.  Even during a pandemic, Dr. Demkee has worked to keep the band in front of awards committees, and for 2020, the band once again received the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, this time being honored for Performance of American Music. More information about the band's honors are available here .

Live Stream Concerts - Some Photos

 Please enjoy this photo album from our clarinet orchestra St. Patrick's Day live stream concerts. Livestream Photo Album on Google Photos

Live Stream Concerts - An Update

 What a joy to be able to perform again! As I write this, the clarinet/saxophone orchestra has completed one of the planned St. Patrick's Day Live Stream Concerts, and I am much anticipating our encore performance tonight, Tuesday March 16 at 8 PM. The clarinet section has been rehearsing a delightful program selected by director Ron Demkee for this occasion, featuring a lot of Irish music along with other iconic selections like the Clarinet Polka.  Gathering for rehearsal March 8th at Allentown Christ Lutheran Church Many of the selections were arranged by our principal clarinetist, Steve Reisteter. Steve is featured as soloist on his on transcription of Sinfonia from Cantata #29 by J. S. Bach. Almost ready for Monday's live stream event. This correspondent really enjoyed being able to play clarinet and soprano saxophone with this group of exceptional musicians. Apparently my grandson enjoyed the concert, too. For the Encore Presentation Tonight: MusicPerforman