THE LANCASTER TOWN BAND
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|Richard Goss, Conductor|
Dan DeAngelis, Associate Conductor
|Board of Directors
Jeffrey Geblein, President
Alan Nowicki, Vice President
Amy MacPeek, Secretary-Treasurer
Susan Bratek, Librarian
Nancy Recupero, Publicity
Sandy Bruschi, Director
Kenneth Graber, Director
Michael Koziol, Director
Jeff Mertzlufft, Director
John Trojanowsky, Director
|The Lancaster Town Band begins its 72th season in 2017. The band is comprised of dedicated musicians
from the age of 14 to 80 plus. Sponsored by the Town of Lancaster, the Villages of Lancaster and Depew, the Lancaster Town Band performs twelve outdoor concerts each summer. The concerts are one hour in
length and feature various instrumental soloists and ensembles as well as vocalists. Each of the twelve concerts features
a mixture of selections, often connected by a theme. In addition, the Lancaster Town Band performs a winter concert during
December. Personnel for the group is very well mixed, with approximately 16% high school musicians, 30% college students, and 54% adults.
Previous conductors of the group include Marlo Schermerhorn, Clarence Kemp, and Richard Pascucci. The band is currently in its 19th season under the direction of Richard Goss. Lancaster Town Band programming is a mixture of the Boston Pops and the Sousa Band, always attempting to be both entertaining and creative without forgetting its roots as an important cultural entity in 'small town' America. In recent years, themed concerts have created an even stronger connection with the Town band's loyal audience.
The band was founded in 1946 as the Twin Village Band. It has evolved over time into an integral part of the cultural fabric of Lancaster. The band has performed in many locations through the years, including, under the shelter at Keysa Park, on the showmobile by the Como Park Lighthouse, on the steps of Como Park School, at the Marino Gazebo in Como Park. The band now resides at a permanent location built in 2009 and dedicated in 2010. The Richard E. Pascucci Memorial Band Shell is located adjacent to the Lancaster Senior Center and the Lancaster Youth Bureau on Artel Metz Drive (directly off of Aurora Street south of Como Park Blvd.)
The Lancaster Town Band is also part of the Village of Lancasterís annual Independence Day Celebration, and can be heard on Tuesday evenings in the summer behind the Lancaster Youth Bureau. Additionally, the band performs two concerts on Thursdays in July at the Veteransí Park on Terrace Boulevard in Depew.