Music Matters: A City's Band In Three Centuries

by Twomey, Sean Robert

Abstract (Summary)
The Ringgold Band of Reading, Pennsylvania, has continuously performed music for a span broaching three centuries. Founded in 1852 as the Independent American Brass Band, the ensemble has successfully maintained relevance and sustained an active place within its community. This thesis draws attention to the 156-year-old relationship between the ensemble and the city of which it is a part. The longevity demonstrated by the Ringgold Band results from the intersection of its continual adaptation with a favorable environment. This thesis summarizes environmental factorsincluding leadership, close proximity to mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas and economic vibrancy within the communityto explore the basis for the ensembles success. The Band has adapted in response to these factors as well as to meet the social needs of its members, audiences and community. The thesis posits a concept of music enacted, not merely performed, as the band has fulfilled social needs both locally and regionally, in a variety of venues and through the creation of new musical works.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:James P. Cassaro; Deane Root; Don O. Franklin

School:University of Pittsburgh

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:06/05/2008

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