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A Musical Interlude on the Piazza

August 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

DSC_0082An evening concert on the Rock Ford piazza featuring prominent works that were either composed or were performed extensively during the life of General Edward Hand and the Revolutionary War era. The music will be of American and British composition, including compositions by William Billings who is widely considered the first American choral composer.  Arranged specifically for the event by Gentry Stoltzfus.

The band’s resident historian, Phillip Thomas, will also give some brief insight to each of the compositions as the event progresses  The brass choir will include trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba and percussion.

To those who are interested in early music and instruments, the organologist, Gentry, will be happy to answer as many questions as possible. There will be chances to meet and speak with members of the band during the intermission and after the performance has ended.

Guests may bring their own chairs and blankets for lawn seating.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn.

No reservations required.

Free for members of the Rock Ford Foundation (must show current membership card).

$5 for non-members.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own pop-up tent canopies if they would like.

Concert Order:

  1. Brookfield
  2. The British Grenadiers
  3. Address to the Ladies
  4. The Dying Redcoat
  5. Chester
  6. Come Let Us Drink About
  7. Heart of Oak
  8. Rule, Britannia!


  1. God Save the Queen
  2. Lamentation over Boston
  3. Paul Jones, the Pirate
  4. Africa
  5. Revolutionary Tea
  6. Johnny has Gone for a Soldier
  7. Yankee Doodle


Musician Bios:


Gentry Stoltzfus

27 years old

Graduate of Millersville University; BSEd: Music

Trumpet / Arranger

Gentry, 27, is a graduate of Millersville University holding a degree in Music Education.  Since graduating, Gentry teaches private brass lessons in addition to being an active member of the Lancaster music community working with Music For Everyone as a Music Mentor and brass specialist for 7 of the schools in the School District of Lancaster.  Gentry is also a budding organologist and an advocate for early music in the Lancaster area with hopes to eventually bring historically informed performances to Lancaster.



Alex Gilgore

18 years old


Alex Gilgore, 18, recently graduated from JP McCaskey High School. She has played trumpet for 9 years and will be attending Penn State in the fall to major in either Pre-Med or Civil Engineering. Alex also plans on auditioning for Penn State’s Blue Band.


Stephanie Rue

19 years old

Sophomore, Millersville University; BSEd: Music

French horn

Stephanie Rue, 19, is a Music Education major in her second year at Millersville University. Her primary instrument is the French horn, which she has been playing for nine years. In addition to French horn, she has also studied violin and piano for several years. Stephanie graduated from Neshaminy High School, during which she was a part of several school ensembles as well as the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, through which she was fortunate enough to travel to and perform in Italy. After college, Stephanie plans to teach instrumental music in a public school.


Phillip Thomas

26 years old

Graduate of Millersville University; BSEd: Social Studies- History

Senior, Millersville University; BSEd: Music


Phillip Thomas, 26, grew up in Oley, Pennsylvania, outside of Reading.  He graduated from Oley Valley High School in 2008 and attended Millersville University for Social Studies education with a concentration in history.  While attending Millersville, Phillip minored in music, studying trombone under Mr. John Lemke.  After graduating for social studies education in 2012, Phillip returned to Millersville for a second bachelors in music education, studying trombone under Mr. John Lemke, and Mr. Stephen Shiffer.  Phillip was in attendance at the International Trombone festival at Juilliard last June.  Phillip is entering his student teaching semester and is expected to graduate in December, 2016.


Matthew Woodson

22 years old

Senior, Millersville University; BSEd: Music


Matthew, 22, originated from Philadelphia, Pa, and has been playing drums professionally for the last 10 years. He is currently a student at Millersville University studying music education with a focus in percussion. As a versatile musician he can be seen playing at amusement parks, local theaters, the orchestral stage, and more. After graduating Matthew plans on getting his masters degree in percussion performance and pursuing his passion.


Demetrius Archer

22 years old

Senior, Millersville University; BSEd: Music


Demetrius Archer, 22, originally from Norristown, Pennsylania, is currently finishing up his degree at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He is studying Music Education with a concentration in tuba performance. At Millersville he continues to stay very involved in the music department and has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Low Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and 2013 & 2015 PA Intercollegiate Band where he served as principal tuba. In addition to his studies at MU, Demetrius is active as a marching band instructor in the greater Lancaster area and also maintains a private low brass studio of several students.


Nicole Migliore

20 years old

Junior, Millersville University; BA: Music Performance


Nicole, 20, is presently headed into her junior year as a trumpet performance major at Millersville University. She is the principal trumpet of the MU Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, as well as a member of the Percussion Ensemble. Nicole is also actively involved in a brass quintet with peers in the MU Music department. She performs with her quintet, as a soloist in local churches and in the MU music department, in musical theater pits including the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, and with her band: The Big Fat Meanies. Last spring, Nicole was selected as a soloist for a master class with Rodney Marsalis. Recently, she was selected to attend Rodney’s Big Brass retreat in North Carolina on a partial scholarship. She has also participated in PA’s Intercollegiate Band festival for two years, and was a soloist in a work at this year’s festival.


Tim Zettlemoyer

19 years old

Sophomore, Millersville University; BSEd: Music and BA: Music Performance


Tim, 19, attended Donegal High School in Mount Joy, PA where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He has performed in various LLMEA and PMEA Festivals including County Band, County Orchestra, County Choir, District Band, District Choir, and Regional Choir. At Millersville, Tim is a double major studying Music Performance and Music Education.  He has been played with the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra. Tim is the current trombonist for the Blue Eyed Brass quintet and has also become an active member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After graduation, Tim aspires to become a private teacher of low brass and to perform in various ensembles around the globe.


Leslie Fournier

21 years old

Senior, Millersville University; BSEd: Music

French horn

Leslie, 21, is currently seeking her Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Millersville University. At the university, Leslie plays French horn with several groups, including the University Wind Ensemble, the University Orchestra, her brass quintet, and in the pit for several musicals produced by the All Campus Musical Organization. She has also performed in Lancaster City in parades sponsored by Music For Everyone and at Trinity Lutheran Church on Duke Street.  Outside of the instrumental music scene, Leslie teaches private lessons on a wide variety of instruments to students within the School District of Lancaster and the Penn Manor School District. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she would like to teach for several years before pursuing a doctorate in Musicology with a focus in Music History.


August 14, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm