The New Holland Band Spring Concert 2024

  • March 17, 2024 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Lancaster Bible College - Good Shepherd Chapel

    901 Eden Road
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
Ticket Price $15.00 This event is now over

Spring Concert Introduces New Music Director

Fred Hughes debuts as director of the New Holland Band

The New Holland Band introduces Fred Hughes, their new music director, at their annual spring concert on March 17 in the Good Shepherd Chapel at Lancaster Bible College. Hughes becomes the 12th music director of the Lancaster County institution that is the 2nd oldest community band in the nation - - tracing its lineage to 1829.

Hughes has an over 50-year career that began at age 8 studying keyboards and low brass and by age 12 was performing alongside his father in the New Holland and Bainbridge Bands on tuba and in his dad’s jazz group on organ. He has performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, and Europe.  He was a member of the First Army and Eighth Army Bands as a tuba player, and pianist for the Army’s premier touring jazz ensemble - - the Jazz Ambassadors.  A sampling of the jazz festivals at which he has performed include the Newport, Montreux, Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals.  He has conducted symphony orchestras to include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops and Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestras.  He can be heard on over 30 recordings and his book, The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory was published in 2002. 

For his first concert as music director of the New Holland Band, Hughes has chosen a varied program that includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Sousa’s The Colonial Dames Waltzes, Selections from Encanto, marches, and several selections that play tribute to the concert falling on St. Patrick’s Day including Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry. The Band’s principal trumpet, Leon Hillard, will be featured on a piece titled Come Back to Sorrento and concertmaster Bob Hoch will be featured on the Weber Concertino for Clarinet and Band.

Tickets for the concert, which begins at 3 p.m. on March 17, can be purchased from the Band’s website at The Good Shepherd Chapel is located on the campus of Lancaster Bible College at 901 Eden Road in Lancaster.

Date & Time

Sun, Mar 17, 2024 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Lancaster Bible College - Good Shepherd Chapel

901 Eden Road
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 Lancaster Bible College - Good Shepherd Chapel
The New Holland Band

Located in New Holland, Pennsylvania surrounded by the rich farmland of eastern Lancaster County, the New Holland Band traces its history to 1829 when a group of musicians from town playing fifes and drums formed a band to provide music for the 51st Regiment of the Pennsylvania State Militia. The nation’s 2nd oldest community band served in the American Civil War as the regimental band for the 203rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers and throughout its storied history appears in print archives under names including the New Holland Village Band, the Patriotic Order Sons of America Band, the Citizens Band of New Holland, and the Victory Band of New Holland.


With a legacy of mentoring young musicians begun by music director Samuel O. Zimmerman and continued through the leadership of Marlin Houck and Dr. Kenneth Laudermilch, members of the New Holland Band have filled the ranks of our nation’s top military bands as well as holding positions in symphony and opera orchestras. 


Newly appointed director Fred Hughes joined the New Holland Band while a junior-high school student, playing tuba alongside his father and performing solos with the band. He is a product of the band’s dedication to mentoring young musicians and is now enjoying a professional career with extensive experience in the band, orchestra, and jazz world. He will continue the legacy of the band begun in 1829 and is committed to serving New Holland and the region for years to come.

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