Welcome to the home of the Blawenburg Band!

The Blawenburg Band is comprised of amateur and professional musicians who practice and perform together regularly out of the love of playing for audiences.  If you are interested in understanding more about becoming a musician, please contact Music Director and Conductor, Dr. Jerry Rifle at rife@rider.edu.  If you would like to learn more about us, visit About the Band – Blawenburg Band.  Hope to see you all soon!”

Please consider supporting the Band.

We rely on donations from our patrons and members of the community.  Please consider making a donation so we can continue to “Keep The Music Playing”!

The band is honored to perform at venues all FREE to the public.

Please come out to see us perform.

Become a member!

The Blawenburg Band is always looking for musicians to become new members.  Contact us or click below for more information.

Find us on YouTube!

Some selections from our concerts have been recorded and posted to the Blawenburg Band YouTube channel, take a look!

The Blawenburg Band

Living the Community Band Tradition

Founded in Blawenburg, New Jersey, in 1890, the Blawenburg Band is a community band – part of a great tradition that began when towns depended on their own people to provide live music. The Band is known as one of the oldest community bands in the state, and among the most active, playing about 20-25 concerts a year at holiday parades, community celebrations, church socials, and several of the nursing homes and retirement centers in the area.

The Band’s ~75 members range in age from their teens to their nineties.  They come from all types of backgrounds and professions, some players have had years of musical training and professional experience; others learned to play as schoolchildren and are dedicated amateurs. The members are alike in one way, “They Enjoy Making Music Together” and performing for the community.

Upcoming public performances

June 24, 2024
  • Hopewell Park Performance June 24, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Hopewell Borough Park, 19 W Broad St Hopewell, NJ 08525
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July 15, 2024
  • Hopewell Park Performance July 15, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 19 W Broad St Hopewell, NJ 08525
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July 29, 2024
  • Hopewell Park Performance July 29, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 19 W Broad St Hopewell, NJ 08525
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The Blawenburg Band follows their guidelines as stated in their Mission Statement:  “Our philosophy is to provide a high-level playing experience with emphasis on reading many varied selections from new and old literature. Players should be accomplished, prepared, and willing to play any section position that contributes to the overall sound and balance. Our primary aim is to make exciting, passionate music for the joy and growth of the players and the enjoyment of our audience.”

Band Management Thank you for all you do for the band!

Dr. Jerry Rife

Music Director & Conductor

Anthony Pappalardo

President & Assistant Director

David Gwin

Vice President & Booking Manager

Bruce Levinson

Treasurer

Susan Danser

Librarian

John Anastasio

Secretary

Sarah Danser

Publicity

Larry Tatsch

Manager

Meghann Valeo

Webmaster