Tobias will conduct final Ephrata Concert Band show of season on July 21

By on July 17, 2019

Carl Tobias, shown conducting the Ephrata Concert Band In July of 2016, will conduct the final concert of the band’s 2019 season on July 21.


Carl Tobias, conductor emeritus of the Ephrata Concert Band, will conduct the band’s 2019 season finale on July 21 at 7:15 p.m.

Weather permitting, the concert will take place at the band shell at the foot of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park. Bring folding chairs. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will take place inside the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 S. Academy Drive.

Tobias, former director of the band, has been garnering the applause of Ephrata audiences for his leadership and musical talents for more than three decades. The July 21 concert will be his sole concert conducting the band this year. Martin Hinkley conducted the first five of the band’s six admission-free Sunday evening concerts.

At press time, final details of the July 21 program were still being worked out, but Tobias was expecting the band to play the following, among others: “Washington Grays,” which Claudio Grafulla composed for a regiment of the New York State Militia in 1861 and which has gained a reputation as a concert band march masterpiece; The trumpet trio piece, “Bugler’s Holiday;” Selections from “Sounds of the Carpenters,” a concert band version of music made famous by the Carpenters brother-sister duo active from 1969 to 1983; John Philip Sousa’s march “Fairest of the Fair; and “Amazing Grace,” a hymn written by John Newton, a former slave trader who underwent a spiritual conversion and became a clergyman. Closing the show will be Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Donations to the Ephrata Concert Band will be accepted at the July 21 event. During intermission, lemonade, hot dogs and other refreshments will be offered for sale by Carol Stark and other volunteers of her 4OurKids charity. Last year, the charity funded 48 scholarships for summer educational sessions to help youths in need.

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