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Music Matters: A City's Band In Three Centuries

Twomey, Sean Robert (2008) Music Matters: A City's Band In Three Centuries. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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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 factors—including leadership, close proximity to mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas and economic vibrancy within the community—to explore the basis for the ensemble's 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.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Twomey, Sean Robertsrt12@pitt.eduSRT12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRoot, Deanedlr@pitt.eduDLR
Committee MemberFranklin, Don Odof@pitt.eduDOF
Committee MemberCassaro, James Pcassaro@pitt.eduCASSARO
Date: 5 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 11 April 2008
Approval Date: 5 June 2008
Submission Date: 23 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eugene Weidner; Germania Band; Jim Seidel; John Hook; Joseph Winter; Monroe Althouse; Robert Mattern; Walter Gier
Other ID:, etd-04232008-203310
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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