SHAMOKIN — The Anthracite Symphonic Band held its inaugural concert Thursday evening at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center.

Forty-plus musicians, including high school students, college music majors and retired music teachers, performed a variety of classic band repertoire and marches under the direction of Kevin Styer.

Styer’s wife, Sharon, welcomed the audience of just under 100 people. She said the band is looking forward to performing three concerts a year.

“Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring quality shows to our community,” she said. “And please continue to support the arts in our community.”

She then announced that a baby grand piano was bequeathed to the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities by Phyllis Bressler, who passed away July 8 at the age of 92.

Bressler taught music at Shamokin High School from 1948 until retirement. The beloved musician was also a member of The Cecilian Club and directed The Choraliers.

“She was an inspiration to many,” Sharon Styer commented. “We thank her family for this gift.”

The show opened with the “Star Spangled Banner” arranged by Jack Stamp. Selections proceeding the national anthem included the “National Emblem March,” “Light Cavalry Overture” and “The Viking March.”

The show concluded with “Stars and Stripes Forever” arranged by John Philip Sousa.

Kevin Styer is the director for the Shamokin Area High School band and formerly served as the director of a community band that performed Mondays year-round.

Sharon Styer commented, “We are always looking for new members. So, dust off those old instruments and come out and join us.”

Interested musicians are asked to email anthracitesymphonicband@gmail.com to register for future concerts. State your name, instrument and contact information.

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