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Quakertown Band 2011

More than just a local band performing at church festivals and civic events, The Quakertown Band is known across the region for its performances of both historic and contemporary music.

Because the band is now 135 years old, it has a unique direct connection with the music that comprises the heritage of band literature. Anniversaries are often commemorated by the band, as evidenced when the band recognized the 150th birthday of John Philip Sousa.

A year long celebration of the band’s 135th Anniversary is now taking place for 2012. The band’s annual March concert will include works commissioned by the Quakertown Band to celebrate this special occasion. Magician Sam Sandler is also joining in on celebration in March by performing with them through-out the year including the March concert.

In recent years the band has participated in several anniversary celebrations in conjunction with Willow Grove Park, which during its first 25 years was known as "America’s Summer Music Capitol." This tradition continued in May 2006 when the band was the featured performer group in Abington's gala Centennial celebration.

The Quakertown Band was one of four selected from across the United States for a documentary entitled "Meet the Band – Celebrating Over 200 Years of Community Bands." The hour-long program is awaiting sponsorship for broadcast on public or cable television.

The sounds of the Quakertown Band gained national exposure with the production of three CDs: "Firsts and Favorites," "The 125th Anniversary Celebration CD," and "Quakertown Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Celebrating Quakertown’s 150th Birthday," which includes the Quakertown Sesquicentennial March, written especially for the celebration.

The 45-member organization is comprised of both amateur and semi-professional musicians of all ages, many holding music degrees. The typical program includes overtures, Broadway and movie show tunes, big band, swing, and Dixieland music, and marches. Theme concerts can also be arranged.



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