Since its founding in 1877, the Quakertown Band hasn’t missed a beat.
From coronets to cymbals and clarinets, saxophones, snare drums, flutes, piccolos, trumpets, horns, tubas and more, the Quakertown Band is one of a handful of performing community bands.
It’s also among the oldest continuously performing community bands in the country.
“When it started, it was a job. You would get a company owned instrument and they would pay you learn it, and to play it,” said Erik Szabo, Quakertown Band director of development.
Today, the 40-piece musical organization continues to entertain the community with special performances for hire, a free summer concert series, corporate parties, festivals, and special event celebrations, Szabo said.
Embracing the 21st century and in the entrepreneurial spirit of today’s technology mavericks, a Kickstarter campaign set to close on Oct. 31 aims to raise $15,000. The money will fund the band’s first professionally recorded and produced compact disk.
Songs on the new recording will showcase work composed, or specifically arranged, for the Quakertown Band.
Live performance repertoire includes an assortment from their wheelhouse of overtures, Broadway tunes, movie score selections, big band, swing, Dixieland and marches, which will feature on the CD.
An upcoming documentary, "Meet the Band – Celebrating Over 200 Years of Community Bands," is slated to be shown on cable or Public Broadcasting Service affiliates television. “Meet the Band…” features the Quakertown Band along with three other community bands from across the nation, telling their stories.
Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding resource platform, aimed at providing creative project capital.
So far, roughly $2,000 has been raised through Kickstarter, Szabo said.
“If the entire amount is not received by the end of October, we don’t get any money,” Szabo said. A 2016 target release in planned if Kickstarter funding is successful.
The band has made three CD recordings, “Firsts and Favorites,” “The 125th Anniversary Celebration CD,” and “Quakertown Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Celebrating Quakertown’s 150th Birthday,” featuring an original composition “Quakertown Sesquicentennial March,” composed for the band and the occasion.
Today, Quakertown Band’s 45-members and volunteers offer free concerts in the parks and they support young musicians in the community keeping the organization’s music and educational outreach mission alive.
Outreach, impact and enduring history are among the reasons The Avery Dennison Foundation awarded a recent $3,000 grant to the Quakertown Band, where they performed at the grand opening of the new Visitor Center & Museum, located in the front of the Chamber offices.
“The band reaches more than 100 people during its season, performing for everyone,” said Joanne Snyder, Avery Dennison Corporation spokeswoman.
Snyder said the Avery Team is a committee of five employees. Each year, the team nominates a non-profit for the foundation’s Granting Wishes award, based upon set criteria and a completed application.
“They’re an important part of the community,” Snyder said.
Strike up the band!
Hear the Quakertown Band’s next public performance at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, during the annual Quakertown Autumn Alive! festival.
For a complete schedule of performance events through December, 2015, visit www.quakertownband.org/performances.
To donate to the Kickstarter project to help fund a world premiere CD of recordings specifically crafted for and performed by the Quakertown Band, visit www.quakertownband.org.
Avery Dennison makes products that stick.
The Fortune 500 company, based in Upper Bucks County, Avery Dennison leaders recognize finding creative solutions to business problems is key to the firm’s longevity and enduring success in the self-adhesive products industry.
“We are a world leader in pressure sensitive adhesive technology,” Hochmiller said.
Finding business application solutions and being smart about their implementation are critical to the company’s approach to business, said Matthew Hochmiller, Avery Dennison Quakertown plant manager.
As one of the two top label makers in the United States, Avery Dennison continues a mission of “making every brand more inspiring and the world more intelligent,” Hochmiller said.
Originally founded in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1935 by Ray Stanton Avery as Kum Kleen Adhesive Products Company, Avery Dennison was born in 1990 after a merger with the Dennison Manufacturing Company.
Avery Dennison opened the Quakertown plant in 1971, on 17-acres in Upper Bucks County.
Avery Dennison serves the industry adhesive label needs for advertising and promotion, apparel, electronics and electrical, government, health care and medical along with the consumer goods markets, among others. The firm operates in 50 countries worldwide and employs roughly 25,000 people.
A valued employer in Upper Bucks, the Quakertown plant, located at 35 Penn Am Drive, operates three shifts, five days a week with about 130 full time employees, Hochmiller said.
Hochmiller said the firm excels in innovative thinking, which he credits to the company’s origins.
Chamber membership helps Avery Dennison fulfill its commitment to local engagement as well as connect with other manufacturing and business leaders.
Avery Dennison takes a local stand by respecting its position in the community, and taking its business neighbors seriously.
“Exploring what other companies and plants are doing and networking with them helps us to innovate,” Hochmiller said. “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”
In a constantly changing world where relationships rooted in common goals and values are often overlooked or undervalued, Sisters U is a place to find refreshment and share abundance. Sisters U, a nonprofit organization based in Perkasie, helps women make important connections with one another, while providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Beyond monthly meetings, Sisters U brings its voice charitable work, the upcoming launch of a new magazine, and bringing summer camp opportunities to youngsters. Personal and professional empowerment, care and support are the cornerstones of Sisters U programs, according to founder and CEO Karen Chellew. Chellew formed Sisters U to meet an ongoing community need. “I feel like we get lost in social media and in our own lives. At Sisters U, no one carries the burden,” Chellew said. The result is “a place for women to come together, Sisters U provides an anchor of support and it’s about creating relationships,” Chellew explained.
Dovetailing with the mission of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, which meets a need for professionals to network, find and support one another, grow their businesses, and provides education, workshops and an outlet for volunteering, Sisters U is aimed at women and their particular needs.
At Sisters U meetings, local speakers talk about resume and relationship building. Professional and personal experiences are shared. Community needs are identified, along with plans to meet them. Growth and nurturing are the order of the day, Chellew said. Sisters U regular meetings are typically held in Stella’s House Blend Café, 200 North Main St., Sellersville. Meetings cost $10 to attend, and annual memberships are available.
Programs offered through the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce may be found on the website, or the weekly membership email blast.
New this summer, Sisters U initiatives will benefit youngsters through a series of weekly camps offered in conjunction with Bucks County Community College Upper Bucks Campus, located at 1 Hillendale Rd., Perkasie. “Kids on Campus” will offer art, music, theater and science programs, Chellew said. Camp runs July 21 through Aug. 21, and cost is $259 per week, Chellew said. Business and private donor sponsorships to help a youngster attend camp are welcome.
For information about Sisters U programs, or to find out how to sponsor a young camper this summer visit www.sistersu.com.
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