Accident Community Band
ACCIDENT CONCERT BAND, 2007
Front row - Annette Keller, Sheila Edwards, Charee Reckner, Rodney Glotfelty, Don Richter, Sally Schwing, Rosanne Sherwood, George Keller
Back row - Shirley Crush, Lillian Reckner, Noah Schrock, Becky Fike, Jack Slocomb, Keith Carrington, Isaiah Carrington, Shari Beitzel
Accident Concert Band
The Accident Concert Band in Garrett County, Maryland, was reorganized on 12 January 1989 through the efforts of the Accident Cultural and Historical Society and Mayor and Town Council. The director of the newly formed band would be Rev. Wilfred Karsten of the Zion Lutheran Church.
Elected treasurer was Rosanne Sherwood, Accident Elementary schoolteacher. Attending the first meeting/rehearsal were Rev. Karsten, Rosanne Sherwood, Glen Keller, Melvin Schwing (Concert Master and retired director of the Northern High School Band), Ralph Miller, and Richard Alexander.
The band was proud to be using the original bass drum that was over 100 years old and to welcome Glen Keller, a member of the former band.
By August of 1989, the band had grown in membership. Regular participants were Rev. Karsten, Ralph Miller, George Keller, Richard Alexander, Melvin Schwing, Rosanne Sherwood, Amber Close, Jamie Settle, Regina Bender, Lori Rodeheaver, George McDowell, Jr., Kathy McDowell, Elaine McDowell, Karl Lindner, Tom McDowell, Cindy Teats, Annette Keller, Connie Savage, Chris Elliott, Rebecca Fike, Glen Keller, Christy Keller, and Rebecca Klotz.
The band’s first performance was at the Accident 4th of July parade and then in the patriotic concert later that afternoon. That same summer, the band played in the Lonaconing parade, Friendsville parade, Garrett Co. Fair parade, and the Autumn Glory parade held in Oakland. Additional concerts included the Accident Concert in the Park, Concert for the 125th Anniversary of St. John’s Church in the Cove, opening of Heck’s under new management in Oakland, and the Flowery Vale Christmas Concert.
The band is proudly recognized as a family band that welcomes all members regardless of experience or age. Members have ranged in age from 10 to 94. Families have been Rev. Wilfred Karsten with wife Lynette and daughters Anna and Rachel; Glen Keller with son George, George’s wife Annette, and their children Luke and Christy; George McDowell, Jr. with his wife Kathy and their children Elaine and Tom; Melvin Schwing and his wife Sally, Lillian Reckner with her daughter Charee and her daughter Michaele; Rev. Don Richter with his wife Sheila and their daughters Katie and Ali; Gary Savage and wife Connie; Ralph Miller and sons Aaron and Sean; John and Anna Marie Williamson and son Chris; Ed Scheff and wife Beth; brother and sister Andrei and Tatiana Yelovich.
The band was saddened to lose Glen Keller, a member of the earlier band, the summer of 1997 to cancer. The band played at his funeral. In Feb.
2006, Rev. Karsten and his family moved to Illinois to accept a new position in the church. Thus the band was left without a director.
During that summer, Concert Master and first trumpet player, Melvin Schwing succumbed to cancer. The band performed at his service and his wife played taps at his graveside.
The Accident Concert Band is making an effort to stay together and to continue practices and performances. Anyone is welcome to join no matter age or ability. Practices are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in Town Hall. Persons to contact are Keith Carrington in Accident or Rosanne Sherwood 304-749-8774.
Bands (Music), Western Maryland, History,1837-2008; Community Music
Western Maryland, 1837-2008