About Carlisle Band

Who We are

The Carlisle Town Band members come from Carlisle and the surrounding areas. The ensemble with members who range from teens to senior citizens include: music educators, teachers, business people, doctors, nurses, engineers, college students and high school students - basically members from all walks of life!

New members are always welcome and any musician may join. There are no auditions or fees. Many members had not played their instrument in years but. through involvement in the organization, they have rediscovered the enjoyment of playing in a fully instrumented concert band.

The band's repertiore includes Patriotic music, marches, broadway, movie show tunes, polkas, waltzes, overtures, old time songs, comedy numbers-- there's something for everyone!

Members of the band are all volunteers and come from a multitude of different occupations. The Carlisle Band has a strong sense of community purpose and provides musical entertainment at community events. Admission is always free.

In particular, The Carlisle Town Band performs at retirement centers and nursing homes bringing musical entertainment to this special audience.

Dave Rohrer, Band Director

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Dave Rohrer received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Susquehanna University, his Master of Music in MusicEducation degree from West Chester University, and Supervisory Certification in Music from Millersville University.   He taught instrumental music in the East Pennsboro Area School District for six years and retired in June 2012 after thirty years with the Carlisle Area School District where he directed the concert, symphonic, marching, and jazz bands and taught music theory.  Dave also served as the Music Department Chairman in Carlisle where he supervised a fifteen member music staff in grades K-12.  He has been an adjunct music faculty member at Gettysburg College and is currently an adjunct music faculty member at Messiah College.  In addition, Dave performs with the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band during their summer season.

Dave has taught the Westshoremen Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, the U.S. Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, the Bluecoats Junior Drum and Bugle Corps, and continues as the horn instructor with the Westshoremen Alumni Corps.  He has served as Band Director for the Pennsylvania American Legion Keystone Boys State, the Pennsylvania State Lions Marching Band, and has guest conducted the West Shore School District’s High School Honors Band, the 2001 and 2013 Grand Sousa Concert, and Susquehanna University’s 2013 High School Honors Concert Band.

2019 Officers

Front Row (Left to Right): Reinhard Beel, Don Roeder, Marge Creasy, Joyce Shatto, Second Row: Ted Cramer, Jim Shufelt, Bob Loy, John McHugh, Buz Taylor

Front Row (Left to Right): Reinhard Beel, Don Roeder, Marge Creasy, Joyce Shatto, Second Row: Ted Cramer, Jim Shufelt, Bob Loy, John McHugh, Buz Taylor

  • Director: Dave Rohrer

  • President: Bob Loy

  • Vice President: Jim Shufelt

  • Secretary: Ted Cramer

  • Treasurer: Reinhard Beel

  • Librarian: Sheri Snyder

  • Program: Manager John McHugh

  • Webmaster: Ted Cramer


  • Todd Jennings

  • Roger Wolf

  • Karin Apgar

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The Carlisle Brass Band

The Carlisle Brass Band is a recent outgrowth of the concert band, which was organized to give our brass players a different kind of literature to play, and also to hearken back to the original concept of the Carlisle Band.

According to our recently published history, the original conception of our band, in the mid-nineteenth century, was as a brass band, and we hope to extend that tradition into the twenty-first century.

Of course, we will always maintain the present instrumentation of the concert band. In the future, we also hope to feature the other side of the band in some repertoire for woodwind ensemble.