The Blawenburg Band will commemorate its 129th Anniversary year with a free concert on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3:00pm at the Hopewell Valley Central High School Performing Arts Center in Pennington, NJ. Founded in Blawenburg, New Jersey in 1890, the group is one of the oldest community bands in the state and among the most active. Conducted since 1985 by Dr. Jerry Rife, Retired Professor of Music and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Rider University, the band performs about 20 concerts a year throughout the area. The anniversary concert program this year continues the tradition of presenting a rich selection of music from the concert band repertoire, with the usual mix including marches, medleys, overtures and patriotic music. Major selections include Russian Sailor’s Dance by Richard Gliere, Sea Songs by Thomas Knox and Oklahoma! by Richard Rogers. A special feature of this year’s concert will be the world premier of Limehouse Blues, Written by Philip Braham and arranged by the bands principal clarinetist John Anastasio. Admission is free. Following the concert there will be a reception with refreshments and live Dixieland music played by a small ensemble from the band.