The Brodbecks Band, chartered in 1878, has about 35 members and is under the direction of Director Griz Gifford.
In 2023, the Brodbecks Band celebrates 145 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".
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
St. JACOBS STONE CHURCH
On Sunday, September 24, 2023, the Brodbecks Band played hymns for the Marie & Stuart Rohrbaugh Memorial Service and also performed a short concert after the worship service.
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CONCERT AND GIVING SPREE
On December 4, 2022, the Brodbecks Band participated in the St. Jacobs Stone Church worship service and also performed a Christmas concert after the worship service. A giving spree was also held during the concert for various charitable organizations.
Paradise Lutheran Church
Beautiful morning for an outdoor service on Sunday August 27, 2023.
Jefferson Carnival concert on July 19, 2023 before the downpour.
Stone Church Picnic
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.
Friday, December 1 7:00pm
Utz Terrace in Hanover
Sunday, December 3 10:15am
St. Jacob's Stone Church Service & Christmas Concert
Tuesday, December 5 7:00pm
Homewood at Plum Creek
Sunday, December 10 10:15am
St. Paul's Church Service & Christmas Concert at Millers, MD
Tuesday, December 12 7:00pm
Senior Commons at Powder Mill
Friday, December 15 7:00pm
Jefferson Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 19 7:00pm
Country Meadows Leader Heights
March to the Sousa Alarm
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.
Join the Band
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