Showing posts from April, 2021

Rehearsals Resume!

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!

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: pages/The-American-Prize- celebrating-American- excellence-in-the-arts/ 214320622728   or Twitter: 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