Community Band Celebration

Community Band Celebration

A Westmoreland County Band Collaborative

presented by Westmoreland Cultural Trust

Sunday, June 26 at 3 PM
$10 ($15 at the door)




Come share in the celebration with four amazing area community bands, featuring musicians of all ages and from all walks of life who share the common interest of music. Delmont Community Band, Jeannette Community Band, Kiski Valley Community Band and Penn-Trafford Community Band will each astonish with their own set and then come together for one fantastic finale performance.


Jeannette Community Band Playlist
1. What’s Up At the Symphony – arr. Jerry Brubaker
2. Midway March – John Williams/arr. John Moss
3. Salvation is Created  – Tschesnokoff/arr. Bruce H. Houseknecht
4. Highlights from Jersey Boys – arr. Michael Brown
5. Sing We Liberty – James L. Hosay

Delmont Community Band Playlist
1. Marching Song Gustav – Holst/arr. by John Moss
2. Blue Moon – arr. by Warren Barker
3. Three Ayres From Gloucester – by Hugh M. Stuart
4. Selections From The Music Man – by Meredith Willson
5. El Capitan – by J.P. Sousa/ Fennell

Kiski Valley Band Playlist
1. On the Mall – Edwin Franko Goldman; arr. Edward S. Lisk
2. Western One-Step (from Suite of Old American Dances) – Robert Russell Bennett
3. Fugue on Yankee Doodle – John Philip Sousa; arr. Brion/Schissel
4. Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes – Irving Berlin; arr. Snyder/Murtha
5. The Doors in Concert – The Doors; arr. Murtha
6. More Cowbell – arr. Michael Brown

Penn-Trafford Band Playlist
1. God Bless the USA – Composed by Lee Greenwood, Arranged by Roger Holmes
2. Buglers Holiday – Composed by Leroy Anderson
3. ‘S Wonderful – Composed by George & Ira Gershwin, Arranged by Warren Barker
4. Variations on a Shaker Melody – Composed by Aaron Copeland
5. Queen in Concert – Arranged by Jay Babcook
6. Salute to Louis Armstrong – Arranged by Eric Osterling
7. William Tell Overture – Composed by Gioacchino Rossini, Arranged by Andrew Balent

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Jeannette Community Band
The Jeannette Community Band was originally organized as the Jeannette Centennial Band in May of 1988 for the purpose of performing for the city of Jeannette’s Centennial Celebration. In 1990, the band was appropriately renamed the Jeannette Community Band and is comprised of over 60 musicians from Jeannette and surrounding communities. Performers range in age from 16 to 85. The members consist of high school and college students, professional and semi-professional musicians, current and retired band directors, and others who enjoy playing a musical instrument and like to socialize with people who share an interest in music.

The band has played concerts for many surrounding communities and has performed special concerts at the Greensburg Amphitheater, Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Station Square in Pittsburgh, the Westmoreland County Fair and as a guest band with the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band. The Jeannette Community Band is under the direction of two most capable conductors: Mr. Ronald Stemple and Mrs. Erica Carlton.
Ronald M. Stemple has been a member and conductor of the Jeannette Community Band since its inception in 1988. Ron received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from St. Vincent College in 1969. He retired as the Junior High and Middle School band director from the Yough School District in 2002 after 30 years of service.
Erica M. Carlton has been a member of the Jeannette Community Band since 1994. Erica received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She was the director of instrumental music at Brandywine Heights High School in Topton, PA for two years before returning the Jeannette in 2008.


Penn-Trafford Community Band
“Let Us Entertain You” is the motto of the Penn-Trafford Community Band (PTCB), and since its inception in 2008, the PTCB has been entertaining audiences throughout Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

The PTCB started as a 20 member Penn Township Alumni Band in late 2007, and through the efforts of several of the alumni band members, the PTCB was formed in early 2008. The membership has grown to over 60 participants and range in age from 13 to 88.  Approximately 10 members are talented middle school or high school students.

The PTCB is one of the newest community bands in western PA as well as one of the most active.  A typical PTCB season consists of 10 -11 summer (June – Sept) venues and 4-5 Christmas venues. The performances are at varied locations, so we can take our music and talents to where the people live, work, and play.

The current music director and conductor of the PTCB is Doug Skoretz, a band director in the Allegheny Valley School District. The Band Manager, and founder of the PTCB, is Ron Rometo, a retired Engineer from Westinghouse and currently an adjunct faculty member at CCAC and WCCC.

The PTCB has performed at many of the major venues in Westmoreland, including the Arts and Heritage Festival, Ligonier Summer Concert Series, Westmoreland Fair, Twin Lakes, and at many community days, church festivals, and senior living residences.  Allegheny County venues have included Kennywood, PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh, Monroeville Arts Concerts at CCAC-Boyce, and in the band shell at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.

The PTCB performs music that is familiar and liked by audiences of all ages, including stirring marches, patriotic songs, popular TV and movie themes, inspiration tunes, swing music from the big band era, and some jazz and light classical numbers.


Kiski Valley Community Band
The Kiski Valley Community Band was established in 1993 to fulfill the desire of our volunteer musicians to have an outlet for their love of instrumental music. Members of the 45-member band range in age from high school age to those over 70-years-old from communities in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley of western Pennsylvania.

The Kiski Valley Community Band performs at many community functions throughout the year. Several holiday concerts are presented to benefit local service organizations, such as volunteer fire departments, food banks, and an annual concert for the Leechburg Elks Lodge Flag Day ceremony.

The band practices on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm during the school year at the Kiski Area Intermediate School band room. Summer practice is held at Hebron Lutheran Church on Main Street in Leechburg.

The Kiski Valley Community Band accepts anyone ninth grade or older who can play a band instrument.


Delmont Community Band
The Delmont Concert Band is an all-volunteer organization consisting of approximately 30 musicians from Delmont and the surrounding area. It prides itself in playing “music that people like to hear” and performs concerts for numerous community events, nursing homes, and churches throughout the year. Its members are of many ages and professions, but all share a love of making music together and are proud to represent our community. The band is under the direction of Mr. Bill Balawajder, who holds a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and is retired after 33 years as musical director at Wilkinsburg High School.

The band originated in 1961 when Delmont musician and scoutmaster Paul Kersten organized a group of Boy Scouts and other local musicians to perform for the dedication ceremony of Delmont’s new post office. The community loved the band, and it continued to grow and perform regularly under Kersten’s direction for the next 25 years. Upon his death in 1987, Ms. Lois Snyder was invited to take over as director  At that time, she played trumpet in the band under Kersten, and had recently retired after 40 years as musical instructor with the Apollo school system. Lois soon became the face and spirit of the band, and with great warmth and dedication served as director for an incredible 28 years. In 2015, Mr. Vince Adams revitalized the band with one season of distinguished directing.


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