PUNXSUTAWNEY — Organizers of last year’s first ever PAHS Alumni Band concert are finalizing plans to do it again this summer.
Last year’s strong alumni turnout and rousing musical results inspired dozens of former Punxsutawney Area High School band members to sign up for a repeat performance.
This year’s concert is once again free to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium.
Band alumni scattered across the country have connected online with each other through the PHS Alumni Band page on Facebook to build the band’s membership roster and choose music for their next concert program.
A majority of the former band students who participated last year plan to return for the event and are looking for more alumni from all class years and every instrumental section to join them.
Alumni band organizers have scheduled a day of rehearsal starting at 9 a.m. on June 22 in the high school auditorium.
Music can be obtained in advance so that participants, especially those who may not have played in years, can practice and enjoy taking to the stage again with their friends and fellow band alumni.
More information is available on the band’s website at punxypa.com/Band/ or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bill Rankin, one of the organizers of last year’s debut PAHS Alumni Band concert, is encouraged to see so many band alumni interested in making this an annual reunion event.
“These alumni concerts give us another chance to enjoy the music that was such a big part of our high school experience,” he said. “It’s also a way we can pay tribute to our band directors and teachers who invested so much of themselves in us over the years. They taught us to work hard and take pride in what we were doing.”
This year’s concert is being performed in memory of Elizabeth A. Glover, who taught instrumental music in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 25 years, between 1954 and 1979.
Many in the group credit her for launching their life-long interest in musical performance.
With many active alumni still in the area, the group’s organizers are eager to welcome any former band members who still want to be part of this year’s event.
Their goal is to establish a thriving community band that keeps area musicians and audiences engaged all year long.