BRODBECKS BAND

Providing Concert and Marching Band Music Since 1878

About Us


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

In 2022, the Brodbecks Band celebrates 144 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".

Meet Our New Director

GRIZ GIFFORD

443-928-3385

Grizgifford1@gmail.com

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.

Roland F. Seitz

The Parade Music Prince (1867-1946)

From Southern York County, there has come no man whose accomplishments are as notable ....

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Glen Rock Sesquicentennial

"Glen Rock Carolers on the March" written by Karl Steger to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of Glen Rock.

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70 Years of Service

One of our members, Dale Gladfelter, was honored recently for being a member of the Brodbecks Band for 70 years! Also, his family has had a member in the percussion section since the band was founded 140 years ago!

Congratulations, Dale, for your dedication and service for 70 years of service to the Band!

Family Traditions

For the Gladfelter Family, playing drums in the Brodbecks Band is a tradition that dates back to 1878 when the Band was founded.  Ephraim was the first to start playing drums in the band.  His son, Charles Luther, was next, followed by his sons Curtis and Daniel, all playing drums.  Curtis?s son Lavern and Daniel?s son Dale also played drums in the Band.  Luther?s son John also played in the Band, but he played trumpet.  Dale is the last Gladfelter still playing drums in the Brodbecks Band.  Congratulations Dale and the Gladfelter Family!

9/11 Commemoration Concert

Keep York Beautiful September 11, 2001        15th Anniversary Remembrance Concert

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, a free community concert was held at the Liberty Garden at Kiwanis Lake Park in York, PA.  The concert was in commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001.  The event also honored York County's Police, Fire Fighters and EMT's.  


The concert featured the Brodbecks Band.  As part of the concert, the Band performed James Swearingen's "Flight of Valor" which was written to honor the victims of Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, PA.  


The event was sponsored by Keep York Beautiful and the York Newspaper Company.


The following are the video links to the event:


'Flight of Valor' Performance

Other Related Videos

Stone Church Memorial Day 2021

The 2021 Stone Church Memorial Day Service was held virtually with participation by the Brodbecks Band.    See Virtual Performance

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Aug 14 at 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday, Aug 27 at 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 28 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, Sep 9 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New Engagements

Fri, Sept 9, 2022  6:00-8:00pm
Old McDonald Had a Farm Stand
60 E. High St, New Freedom, PA

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Sun, Sept 25, 2022  10:00am
In Memory of Marie L. Rohrbaugh
St Jacob's Stone Church, Glenville, PA

Sponsored by the Family

In loving memory of our Mother, Marie L. Rohrbaugh, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 7. Marie was born in Seven Valleys, PA on August 7, 1922. She was a member of Stone Church from 1940 until her passing on September 19, 2020.

2022 Band Schedule

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Join the Band

Looking for something to do in the real world after Covid-19 limitations? Brodbeck's Band, a York County community band since 1878, is starting up again, hoping for something close to a normal summer season of music.

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.

If you, like many, would relish actually doing something and would find playing marches and short concert  pieces refreshing, come out and renew the pleasure of making music. The Director keeps the low-key rehearsals enjoyable, while continually striving for improvement.

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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