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October 24, 2012

Fire company band seeks new members

The Keystone Regiment of Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria is seeking new members for its marching band.

The drum and bugle corps will begin its 2013 season with an open rehearsal from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of the Knights of Columbus building, 1508 12th Ave., Altoona.

“We’re reaching out to people who really enjoyed their high school or college marching band and would like another chance at that kind of experience,” the regiment’s business manager, Tim Longwill, said.

Membership is open to anyone older than 15. Previous musical and marching experience is helpful, but not required.

The corps’ brass players have a choice of four instruments: Soprano bugle (similar to a trumpet); mellophone; baritone bugle; and contra-bass bugle (similar to a bell-forward tuba). The regiment supplies the instruments, but brass players should bring their own mouthpiece.

Brass is led by Ralph Osmolinski of Wyalusing, Bradford County, who has a long history in  drum corps and marching bands. Osmolinski has marched with the Keystone Regiment, Gardner Guards, Harrisburg Westshoremen and Mainliners Drum and Bugle Corps. He also has worked as brass instructor and drill designer for the Greater Johnstown High School band.

The corps’ drummers perform on snare drums, quintuple tenors, bass drums, cymbals and marching bells. They are led by instructor Chuck Winters of Duncansville, Blair County, who is a former member of the Penn State Blue Band. He also serves as music arranger and percussion writer for the corps.

The regiment performs a mix of patriotic music and pop/rock tunes at parades and community festivals all across the region from May to September each year.

The 2013 schedule will cover Cambria, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties.

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