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About Us

 

The Brodbecks Band, chartered in 1878, has about 35 members and is under the direction of  Director Griz Gifford.

In 2024, the Brodbecks Band celebrates 146 years as an organized Concert Band.

The Brodbecks Band performs various concerts for many types of functions throughout the year and is available for your entertainment needs.

The Brodbecks Band plays a variety of music, including marches and concert tunes including selections by musician and composer Roland F. Seitz (1867-1946), a Glen Rock native who composed more than 46 marches that earned him the title of "The Parade Music Prince".

Our Director

GRIZ GIFFORD

 

Griz Gifford became the Director of the Brodbecks Band in the spring of 2022. He had recently retired after 36 years at Friends School of Baltimore, where he was the Band Director and Chair of the Performing Arts Department. Griz earned two music degrees from Towson University, where he studied trombone with John Melick and conducting with Dr. Dana Rothlisberger. His other important teachers were brass specialists Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt (Philadelphia) and Carmine Caruso (New York City), and jazz theory teacher Garry Dial (New York). Griz has been truly blessed in his career as a trombonist, performing, at some point, virtually all styles of music that call for the trombone. His classical credits are mostly from his early years in Baltimore, including the Chesapeake Opera, Maryland Ballet, and Principal Trombonist of both the Annapolis and Gettysburg Symphonies. But his real passion was for popular and commercial music. His career moves took him from Baltimore to Atlantic City and then New York City.

 

He has performed with many entertainment greats, including Tom Jones, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Glen Campbell, Diahann Carroll, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Mel Torme, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, The Jackson Five (with Michael Jackson), Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and many more. In New York, he played Broadway shows and for a number of jazz, funk and Latin bands. He spent a year on tour with “A Chorus Line,” sailed the Caribbean on cruise ships, played for the Ringling Bros. Barney & Bailey Circus, the Ice shows (Follies, Capades, Disney), and performed at two Presidential Inaugural balls. His touring has taken him to 45 states and Puerto Rico. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” and was a 2020 inductee into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. Griz is still active in the freelance scene in the mid-Atlantic region and fronts his own New Orleans Second Line band. His arrangements for brass quartet, brass quintet, and solo trombone with piano are available through J.W. Pepper Publishing Company. He currently lives with his wife on a horse farm in southern Pennsylvania.

Griz can be contacted at 443-928-3385 or through  email address Grizgifford1@gmail.com

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BRODBECKS BAND FOUNDER
SAMUEL BOSSERT BRODBECK

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Brief Life History 

When Samuel Bossert Brodbeck was born on 21 May 1851, in York, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John George Shue Brodbeck, was 25 and his mother, Leah Bossert, was 26. He married Eliza Alice Weaver on 4 July 1875, in York, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Hellam Township, York, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910 and Codorus Township, York, Pennsylvania, United States in 1920. He died on 25 May 1924, in Brodbecks, Manheim Township, York, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Brodbecks, Manheim Township, York, Pennsylvania, United States.

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BRODBECKS BAND  RECORDINGS

Paradise Lutheran Church

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Beautiful morning for an outdoor service on Sunday August 27, 2023.

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Jefferson Carnival

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Jefferson Carnival concert on July 19, 2023 before the downpour.

Stone Church Picnic

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We played for their Sunday school picnic on July 15, 2023 in the newly renovated band shell.  It was originally built in the late 30’s.

Listing of Pennsylvania Community Bands & Orchestras      

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138 Years.... and the Brodbecks Band Plays On

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Upcoming Events for May

 

Sun  5/19  2:00pm

  Senior Commons at Powder Mill

Sun  5/26  8:45am

  Stone Church Memorial Day Service

Mon  5/27 11:00am

  New Freedom Memorial Day Service

2024 Schedule     WORD     PDF


















Come celebrate York County's traditional community bands at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 28, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  The Red Lion Felton Band, the Twin Rose Community Band, the Brodbecks Band, and the Emigsville Band will provide individual and combined performances during this unique concert.
 
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Note - Click on the speaker button in the lower right portion of the video to activate the sound.

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March to the Sousa Alarm

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If you're an early bird and a lover of marching bands, then you should tune in to WRTI for the 7:15 am Sousalarm. What is the Sousalarm? The Sousalarm is the march, usually composed by John Philip Sousa, that helps listeners wake up in the morning on weekdays.  For more information, click link below.

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Join the Band

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Brodbeck's Band, a York County community band, has been in existence since 1878 and is always looking for new members.

The band rehearses at the Jefferson Sportsmen's Club, located off PA Route 516 near Jefferson (Codorus), on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00pm.

Drummers and trumpet players are in immediate need, along with other brass and woodwind players.

Even if you have been away from playing for years, you are welcome to join us. You can get back into shape at your own pace and have a good time doing it. High school and college musicians can stay sharp and play with us when time allows.

For more information or directions call Ray Mummert at 717-524-6830 and visit us at https://brodbecksband.com

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