By September 27, 2017Uncategorized


A traditional German Band,  Beer, Wine and Food will be on tap at the Oktoberfest Musicale held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 8. The Event will be held at the Barrel House at 39 N. 3rd Street, Chambersburg. Tickets are $35 per person with proceeds supporting Cumberland Valley School of Music.

The local celebration is modeled after the annual Oktoberfest event originating in Germany in 1810. Music, Beer and Food are the center of this annual celebration, making The Barrel House and Cumberland Valley School of Music the perfect pairing for this celebration.

The Barrel House is a one of a kind venue. This truly unique 1910 New York Style Industrial Home has a rich history. In the 1900’s barrels would be wheeled out to the deck and into waiting trains of the Franklin Railroad. Later it became a beer distributor. The early 2000’s saw a renovation of this three story building to a home and now it is a landmark venue in Chambersburg, making it THE perfect place for an Oktoberfest celebration.

Performers for the evening include: Ashley Wyrick, a CVSM teaching alumna who plays with the Hagerstown Municipal Band and is currently working as a substitute teacher, who is playing clarinet; Paul Grane, a retired public school instructor and CVSM woodwind teacher  who is also performing on clarinet; Keith Smith, a CVSM brass and New Horizons Band instructor, who is playing trombone; Ray Dryburgh, a former CVSM instructor and retired principal associate trumpet for the U.S. Marine Band and the White House Orchestra in Washington, D.C., who is performing on trumpet; and Preston Charlesworth, a CVSM alumnus and current instructor at the Gillingham Charter School in Pottsville, PA, who is playing tuba.

As a quintet for a day, the group will provide their rendition of the vintage Harry L. Alford’s “Hungry Five in Germany”.  It includes “The Watch on the Rine”, “Stewed and Pickled”, Happy and Content” and other toe-tapping melodies. Published in 1931, the book of 17 tunes remains popular today for Oktoberfest-themed events.

Valerie and Lee Merriman will be on hand to offer a few German style songs featuring the beautiful  Barrel House piano .

Tom and Deb Kennedy, along with Al and Lisa Smith will be present to host the event. Tom is a former CVSM board of director member, and Al presently serves on the board. Beer, wine and hors d’oeurves will be served during the musical entertainment through their generosity.

Tickets are now available for purchase online through www.cvsmusic.org, or by contacting a member of the school staff at (717)-261-1220 during regular business hours.