Tobias back to conduct Concert Band June 22
Carl Tobias, who conducted the Ephrata Concert Band for 23 years before becoming conductor emeritus in 2009, will fill in as conductor for the June 22 program and also show his vocal talents with a solo song, “A Perfect Day.”
Tobias will lead the band in the performance at 7:15 p.m. at the band shell at Ephrata Borough’s Grater Community Park. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 South Academy Drive.
The June 22 show is the second of eight scheduled admission-free band performances at the park on consecutive Sunday evenings, each featuring a different program spanning a variety of musical genres. The Ephrata Concert Band Committee is striving to raise the funds to accomplish this goal; anyone interested may send a check for the Ephrata Concert Band to Barb McMinn, band treasurer, at 138 Broad St., Akron.
There will be an instrumental solo in the first half of the concert, with percussionist Glenn Beard performing the selection “Big Bass Drum.”
The first half of the program will also include the National Anthem; the Bela Keler overture “Lustapiel;” Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk” from the 1961 movie “Hatari; the Strauss waltz “Wine, Women and Song;” Moffitt’s “Auditorium Session;” the march “World Events” by J. S. Zamecnik and the medley “Sounds of the Carpenters,” featuring music of the 1970s pop music duo.
The second half of the program will include, in addition to “A Perfect Day,” the E.F. Goldman march “On the Mall;” the classic band composition “First Suite in E Flat” composed by Gustav Holst; “Pennsylvania Polka;” “Basin Street Blues” by S. Williams; H. Ades’ “A Hymn Festival” and the John Philip Sousa march, “Fairest of the Fair.”
Tobias and his wife, Shirl, have lived near Adamstown since 1961. He has been music director of Mellingers Lutheran Church in Schoeneck since 2006. He is a vocalist, as well as brass instrumentalist.