Ephrata Concert Band Committee planning next show, seeking donations

By on July 16, 2014

With preparations underway for its July 20 concert, the Ephrata Concert Band Committee is also trying to cope with an urgent financial pinch.

The band’s July 6 concert was the midpoint of what had been projected to be an eight-concert 2014 season, and the first four admission-free concerts at the band shell at Ephrata Borough’s Grater Community Park had seen favorable weather and strong attendance.

Donations had fallen short of what the committee had sought, though, so the committee has sent out a new fundraising mailing and is working on additional fundraising and economizing measures.

Carl Tobias, shown here conducting the Ephrata Concert Band June 22, will fill in as conductor for the second time this season July 20.

Carl Tobias, shown here conducting the Ephrata Concert Band June 22, will fill in as conductor for the second time this season July 20.

Any businesses or individuals may send a check for the Ephrata Concert Band to Barb McMinn, band treasurer, at 138 Broad St., Akron, Pa. 17501.

The July 20 concert will start at 7:15 p.m. at the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 South Academy Drive. The public may bring folding chairs. At the program, Conductor Emeritus Carl Tobias will for the second time this season fill in as conductor.

This program will also feature two vocal solos by soprano Suzanne Delahunt of Ephrata. She will sing “I Write the Songs” and Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are.”

The first half of the program will also include a trumpet solo, “Toot Sweet,” by Wilson Gonzales.

Also on the first half of the program will be the opening march, James Henry Fillmore Jr.’s “Americans We;” the overture “Zampa,” by L. J. Herold; E. Waldteufel’s “Skaters’ Waltz;” Yoder and Walters’ selection “Bands Around the World” and K. Alford’s march, “Colonel Bogey.”

After intermission, the band will perform Rehrer’s march “Hampden Firemen;” Walters’ “Night at the Ballet;” Strauss’ “Pizzicato Polka;” Walters’ “Night Beat;” the “Navy Hymn” and the closing march, John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

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