Celebrate May First Friday at the Ware Center

Celebrate May First Friday at the Ware Center

—  information provided by Ware Center

The Ware Center celebrates May First Friday on Friday, May 6 from 6 – 8 PM. The Lancaster British Brass Band will perform Beatles Go Brass at 7:30PM in the Steinman Hall,  and the Echo Valley Art Exhibit will feature art work from its 25 member Echo Valley Art Group in the Regitz Gallery. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street.


The unique sound quality of the Lancaster British Brass Band is because it is composed entirely of brass, winds, and percussion instruments. The sound of Lancaster British Brass Band has been compared to “one big, magnificent pipe organ.”


To many, the link between the legendary British rock quartet and a brass band may not be obvious. Lancaster British Brass Band music director Stephen Arthur Allen says that the connection is broader and deeper than it first appears. Allen, who teaches a course on the Beatles in Rider University’s bachelor’s program in popular music, ties the Beatles’ brass band connection to the Beatles’ bassist Paul McCartney, and cites details of McCartney’s biography: “Paul McCartney’s grandfather played the E-flat bass—a type of tuba,” he says. “Paul’s dad played trumpet. Paul’s first instrument was the trumpet. He listened to brass bands.”

The multi-musically gifted McCartney, along with John Lennon, composed the pieces that made the Beatles a world-wide sensation. In 1963 the music critic of The Times of London called Lennon and McCartney “the outstanding English composers of the year.” “You can hear the brass band influence in songs that sound like marches and waltzes—especially in marches,” Allen says. With its emphasis on movement and beat, “Rock and roll has its roots in marches, especially John Phillip Sousa marches.”

He points out that on the cover for the “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” album, the Beatles appear in brass bands’ dress. “They are acknowledging their brass band background,” Allen says. “The brass band is part of the Beatles sound.”


The Echo Valley Art Group, established in 1945, is an organization of 25 professional artists of various ages working and creating in the Lancaster County area. They represent a wide range of artistic styles and forms of expression which are matched by their individual ways of participating in the visual arts community of Lancaster County.

Echo Valley was the name of the Cleves Dodge farm on the south edge of Neffsville, PA. That’s where, in 1945, Peggy P. Dodge and a few friends began to meet weekly in a farm building to study and practice art. By the end of its first decade, art had begun to gain a strong foothold in Lancaster County.

Echo Valley contributes, financially and in other ways, to the support of various local visual art establishments, including the Lancaster County Young Artists Awards Program, the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Demuth Foundation, the Lancaster County Library, and others. They hold an annual auction of affordable original art, with the intent of sharing their artwork with their community and collectors, and to raise funds to support the arts in Lancaster.


Reserved seating for The Beatles Go Brass: $15 Adult | $12 Senior | $5 Student.
The art display is free to view.