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Allentown Band Side-by-Side Concert Set for May 7th

  Each Spring since 2005, The Allentown Band has presented a Side by Side Concert with approximately 50 advanced high school musicians joining to perform side by side in a concert with The Allentown Band. The Allentown Band's 2023 Side by Side Concert will feature Omri Barak, Principal Trumpet with the Allentown Symphony, soloist. The program will be conducted by Ronald Demkee and Guest Conductor Major Ryan Nowlan, Assistant Conductor with the U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own." The Allentown Band will be joined by top high school musicians from the Lehigh Valley for second part of the program. Participating student musicians are selected based on their exceptional talent and recommendation of their respective Band Directors. The program features music of American composers John Williams, Percy Grainger, Leroy Anderson, James Curnow, Ryan Nowlin and John Philip Sousa. Admission is FREE but tickets are required, and may be ordered from the Miller Symphony Hall Eve
On Tuesday March 7th, The Allentown Band played the Showcase Concert at this year's New York Wind Band Festival evening concert in the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall . The band's performance was preceded by sets from the participating student groups. The festival itself ran March 4th through the 7th. The band opened its section of the concert with John Williams' "Liberty Fanfare" and concluded with a stirring performance of the Finale from Tchaikovsky's Symphony 4 in f minor. Official photos have not been made available yet, but some band members took a few snaps: Ron outside the Maestro Suite   Omri rehearsing the Curnow "Concertpiece"   Ron and Omri with our good friend Johan De Meij. Johan conducted The Allentown Band for his own arrangement of James Bond themes. John Schwartz and Deborah Andrus Trumpet Section Trombone Section