Ephrata Concert Band has two new conductors

By on May 4, 2016
Two new conductors of the Ephrata Concert Bond review plans for the 2016 season. Ed Vaughen (left) and Martin Hinkley each will conduct two of the six concerts by the band at Grater Park.

Two new conductors of the Ephrata Concert Bond review plans for the 2016 season. Ed Vaughen (left) and Martin Hinkley each will conduct two of the six concerts by the band at Grater Park.

 

Two new conductors will help to lead the Ephrata Concert Band in its 2016 season.

The community band is planning six concerts at Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park band shell on Sunday evenings, June 19 through July 24. Martin Hinkley and Ed Vaughen, the conductors new to the band, and Carl Tobias, conductor emeritus of the band, will each conduct two of the concerts.

Lincoln Fogelsanger, who was conductor of the band from 2009 through the 2015 season, retired as band conductor Nov. 22, citing painful bone spurs.

The Ephrata Concert Band Committee, which announced the new leadership positions, also will be raising funds to help the tradition of Ephrata summertime band concerts continue to thrive. Anyone who wants to donate to this effort may write a check to the Ephrata Concert Band and send it to Barb McMinn, band committee treasurer, 138 Broad St., Akron, PA 17501.

At each band concert, more than two dozen musicians play a different selection of marches, show tunes, patriotic tunes and other musical genres. When the weather allows, the audience is able to enjoy the beautiful park setting near Cocalico Creek. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts take place a few blocks away at the Ephrata Recreation Center.

Vaughen is associate conductor with the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic and timpanist and xylophone soloist with the Lancaster British Brass Band. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Millersville University, a master’s in music education from West Chester University, and a master’s in conducting from Messiah College. For 20 years, he was a band and orchestra director in the Manheim Township school system.

Hinkley is director of choirs at Glossbrenner United Methodist Church in Mount Joy; a cornet player with Lancaster British Brass Band and director of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus. He earned a bachelor’s in music education from Millersville University, and a master’s in music history from West Chester University.

Vaughen and Hinkley praised the special role of Ephrata’s community band in drawing people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to provide live music in the borough.

They will be sharing leadership duties this year with Tobias, who was conductor of the band for 23 years before becoming conductor emeritus in 2009. Tobias took the baton as conductor at two of the band’s concerts last summer.

 

The Ephrata Concert Band will give six concerts in Grater Park this summer. Carl Tobias (shown, left) will conduct two of the performances.

The Ephrata Concert Band will give six concerts in Grater Park this summer. Carl Tobias (shown, left) will conduct two of the performances.

 

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