Brass Band

2525 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16506

brass band

Meeting Tuesday evenings March through December at 7:30PM at the Zem Zem Shrine.

Our goal for 2017 is to acquire more members in order to survive.All woodwind and brass instruments are needed. Clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, trombones, baritones, tubas and percussion. Music played is mid-level degree of difficulty.

Masons, women as well as teenagers are encouraged to join.

Concerts are played throughout the year, plus optional participation riding on a float in parades is possible.
Socializing is available in Zem Zem Well before and after practice. Practice sessions are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The location is Zem Zem Shrine Club 2525 West 38th Street.

August Newsletter

In 2010, the Zem Zem Brass Band won #1 Superior in the Concert Band Competition held in Toronto, Canada. In the seven years since that international competition, the band has lost members due to death and natural attrition. We are now rebuilding with a new director, Bob Reed, and a core of dedicated players.

Here are the current members of the clarinet section. Brass Band Director Emeritus, J.B. Salter plays 1st clarinet J.B. is well known among Shriners for his years of devotion to the band. Bill Kay, our Secretary, plays 2nd clarinet. Peter Sotus, a man of one hat (the fez), plays many instruments: clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone. Members of our brass and percussion sections will be recognized in following newsletters.

The band is looking for past members to return and new members to join. We need trombones, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, percussion, and literally every band instrument. Unleash your inner-band urge and join us at rehearsals on Tuesday nights at 7:30.

An uncommon man is baritone playing member and Vice President of the Brass Band, Paul G. Martinson. At age 92, Paul is one of the most active persons I know. Paul has driven vans for the Shrine Hospital, sings in his church choir and for the Scottish Rite choir, works for the Edinboro Food Pantry serves as treasurer for the Western County Shrine Club, is an officer for the Oasis Lodge #416. Paul is also a Professor Emeritus in Philosophy from Edinboro University.

Forest Feighner, Noble Saxophonist

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