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.
November 24, 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, his daughter Sara said, he set up a pediatric practice on South 47th Street between Spruce and Pine Streets in West Philadelphia.
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.
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.
October 4, 1996 |
When people who don't live in Abington look at the township, they see a sprawling place that is home to more people than are some small cities, a place that consists of a dozen or so disparate neighborhoods where people sometimes seem to have little in common. Those who live here know another Abington. They know a township that occasionally bristles with racial and socioeconomic tension, but where an Abingtonian is an Abingtonian and in times of need you ignore the differences and help your neighbors.
August 4, 1998 |
After graduating from Chichester High School in 1962, Ben Jones put his B-flat clarinet in his attic, determined to leave his long years of band practice behind him. Thirty-six years later, Jones, 53, of Upper Chichester, is again playing a B-flat clarinet. The Chester High School teacher is also donning the maroon color of his alma mater and adhering to the kind of rigorous band schedule he kept in the early 1960s. Jones is one of about 80 members of the Chichester Alumni/Community Band, a musical group consisting of former members of the high school's band and others from the surrounding area.
January 17, 1992 |
Sometime during Malik Rose's college career, a reporter might be able to write . . . Rose did it all. Scored, rebounded, blocked shots. At halftime, he even played in the pep band. Rose, a 6-6 senior center at Overbrook High, is more than an All-Public basketball player and accomplished student (3.6 grade-point average with a course load including calculus). He also plays a mean tuba and is hopeful later this winter of making the all-state band, as selected by the Pennsylvania Music Education Association.
April 30, 1992 |
Perhaps you've seen Al Raymond conducting his big band orchestra at a wedding. Or maybe you've caught his Thursday night radio show on WRTI 90.1 FM, Temple's jazz station. Raymond, a local big band conductor since the 1940s, will be taking a night off from his own band to be guest performer. On Wednesday night, Raymond will be leading the Delaware County Community College Big Jazz Band. At the show, Raymond will be conducting 20 Delaware County high school and college students, recent graduates and professionals.
April 24, 2002 |
So it's 1949, and the Garden State String Band needs money for its elaborate New Year's Day costumes. Every self-respecting banjo guy and sax man from the Hudson Street club in this blue-collar dock town passes a hat around to his neighbors, and the funds are cobbled together. And a few weeks after the last remnants of the Philadelphia parade celebration are cleaned off Two Street, the Garden State boys slip into their plumed, colorful garb; strap on their instruments; and strut down Broadway in the middle of Gloucester City as a thank-you to their town.