April 26, 2013 |
It's a scene any band rat knows and loves. An anteroom is jumbled with cases, straps, instruments assembled and strewn. Ah, that familiar oxidized-metal scent of the much-blown horn. And you duck through a door into a huge space, crowded with 80 people making a band. Brass players joke and compare parts. Percussionists run from snare/hi-hat to bowls to kettledrums. That girl who plays sax and always wears a knit cap, that same girl who's in every single band, concert and marching, in the United States . . . she's here, too. Welcome to band practice for the Temple University Night Owl Band, the university's very own community band, in the great tradition of town, block, and neighborhood bands here and abroad.
December 20, 2012 |
TO SAVE a beloved community garden, residents get organized, enlist the help of a local politician and with a dramatic last-second maneuver, triumph over potential developers to save their neighborhood treasure. No, it's not an episode from NBC's "Parks and Recreation. " It's what happened Wednesday, when the city purchased a property in West Philadelphia at a sheriff's sale, preserving the St. Bernard Community Garden, on St. Bernard's Street between 49th and 50th. "It gives me faith in public action and community stuff because the government wouldn't have done anything unless we got organized," said Trevor McElroy, of the Friends of the Saint Bernard Garden.
November 25, 2008 |
Charles G. Hertz, 74, a former Philadelphia pediatrician, died of metastatic melanoma on Nov. 7 at Richard Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford, Conn. He lived in Stamford. A 1951 graduate of Bernards High School in Bernardsville, N.J., he earned his bachelor's degree at Bucknell University in 1955 and graduated from the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. Dr. Hertz was an Army officer from 1960 to 1962. In the early 1960s, he set up a pediatric practice on South 47th Street between Spruce and Pine Streets in West Philadelphia, said daughter Sara Hertz of Ambler.
July 30, 2006 |
On Mondays, after dinner and before sunset, about 35 men and women gather at Springton Lake Presbyterian Church in Newtown Square for three hours. It's not Bible study. It's a rehearsal of the Marple Newtown Community Band. This year, the band celebrates its 10th anniversary. "We are a group of friends who play music. The quality of our music is very good," said Brian Gillin, band president. "Our members are ages 18 through 80. Some join right after high school or college, and others are new to an instrument.
July 3, 2005 |
On the third Monday of the month during summer, Woodbury gets the blues. And jazz. And swing. Concerts in the Park features the Bonsal Blues Band, a 56-year-old community band that plays a wide selection of music. It also has an 18-piece dance band. Any musician is encouraged to join. "We haven't had concerts in the last four years because of budget issues and poor attendance," said Tom Dukelow, director of parks and recreation in Woodbury. The Bonsal Blues Band started the season June 20, attracting about 85 people.
February 6, 2005 |
After graduating from Bishop Neumann High School in South Philly in 1969, Jim Amendt stopped playing the trombone. He went off to Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. "I didn't major in music, and I didn't feel the need to pick up my trombone and play it," said Amendt, an environmental consultant. Five years ago, he and wife Tasha were having dinner at a Philadelphia jazz club. Hanging on the wall was a trombone. "Seeing it prompted me to tell my wife how much I regretted not keeping up with the trombone," Amendt said.
February 8, 2004 |
When Pat Bove, a teacher in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District for 35 years, volunteered to play the clarinet for Easttown Township's music jubilee, she was delighted to rehearse with some former students, including a physician who still plays the saxophone. And, at last Sunday's rehearsal, Donni Lynn, a former Easttown resident who hadn't played the flute in years, found herself on stage with Charles Booraem, a tuba player. They had played together in their high school band in New Jersey years ago. Since the call went out for singers and musicians to help celebrate Easttown's tercentennial with a jubilee, folks who hadn't sung in years and musicians who had to dust off their instruments have joined some of Conestoga High School's best vocalists and musicians, parents and teachers in preparing for a two-hour concert.
August 3, 2003 |
Blame World War II and expanding waistlines for the fact that, well, the Original Hobo Band is a bunch of bums. The year was 1946, and they had been asked to participate in a Halloween parade in Mullica Hill. Many of the musicians, most from Pitman and Glassboro, had been members of the onetime Cedar Chips Marching Band, a community band sponsored by Glassboro's Tall Cedars Lodge, a Masonic order. The men who had played together before marching off to fight in World War II wanted to play together again.
December 15, 2002 |
Liz Solomen played the piano when she was growing up in Moorestown and played the cello in the high school orchestra, but after graduation her interest in both instruments took a long hiatus. Make that a 45-year hiatus. What got her back to performing six years ago was the Golden Eagle Community Band. With coaxing from her husband, Solomen joined one of the region's oldest community bands and is now its synthesizer/keyboard player. "After graduating from high school, I continued to play the piano, but not seriously," said Solomen, who still lives in Moorestown.