Bio for the Penn Trafford Community Band
“Let Us Entertain You” is the motto of the Penn-Trafford Community Band (PTCB), and since its inception in 2008, the PTCB has been entertaining audiences throughout Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, as well as Armstrong County and next year, Butler County.
The PTCB started as a 20 member Penn Township Alumni Band in late 2007, and through the efforts of several of the alumni band members, the PTCB was formed in early 2008. The membership has grown to over 60 participants and range in age from 13 to 83, with eight members being talented high school and college students.
The PTCB is one of the newest community bands in western PA as well as one of the most active. A typical season consists of 12-14 summer (May – Sept) venues and 5-6 Christmas venues. All performances are “on location”, so we can take our music and talents to where the people live, work, and play.
The PTCB has recently spun-off a flute choir, a saxophone ensemble, and a Jazz Band (called the Jazz Warriors), all of which are almost exclusively made up of members of the PTCB
The Music Director and Conductor of the PTCB is Doug Skoretz, a band director in the Allegheny Valley School District. The Band Manager, and Founder of the PTCB, is Ron Rometo, a retired engineer from Westinghouse and currently an adjunct faculty member at CCAC and WCCC.
The PTCB has performed at many of the major venues in Westmoreland County, including the Arts and Heritage Festival, Ligonier Summer Concert Series, Westmoreland Fair, Twin Lakes, Pennsylvania Family Festival, the Lamp Theater, as well as many community days celebrations, church festivals, and senior living residences. Allegheny County venues have included Kennywood, PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh, Monroeville Arts Concerts at CCAC-Boyce, Phipps Conservatory on Oakland, and in the band shell at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.
The PTCB performs music that is familiar and liked by audiences of all ages, including stirring marches, patriotic songs, popular TV and movie themes, inspirational tunes, music from the big band era, jazz and some light classical numbers.
For additional information, visit our web site at www.PTCommunityBand.org, or call 724-309-2000