Rocks in the Glen turns into town where things happen, Part III

Brodbecks Band playing Roland Seitz music. for Jim McClure's blog
Glen Rock, Pa., residents experienced a retro weekend recently, with the return of the music of one of its most famous citizens and the return of a train to the town’s well-worn tracks. Here, Dr. Lee Zelley, grandson of famed ‘Parade Music Prince’ Roland F. Seitz, conducts the Brodbecks Band in performing Seitz’s best known work ‘Grandioso.’ Background: Glen Rock’s Roland F. Seitz: ‘By his genius … he has earned the title of ‘Parade Music Prince’.

Brodbecks Band in Glen Rock outside Roland Seitz House for Jim McClure's blog
The concert took place on the street outside Seitz’s longtime house (brick house in background, which is marked by a plaque), where the composer wrote  his marches. The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society sponsored the event that brought together Seitz, his family, his place in his hometown and the world and a band typical of those who the composer had in mind in writing his marches. Background: Parade Music Prince Roland Seitz: From Glen Rock to Friday Night Lights.

steam
That same weekend, Glen Rock welcomed the return of steam locomotive No. 17 in its first Steam into History run from New Freedom to Hanover Junction. Glen Rock was built around and along the railroad – the Northern Central Railway in the 1800s – but its tracks have been empty for about a decade since a dinner train went out of business. Also of interest: Part II: Rocks in the Glen turns into town where things happen.


The YDR captured Steam into History’s first run on video. Abraham Lincoln passed through Glen Rock on his way to and from Gettysburg where he delivered his famous speech. His funeral train passed through the town two years later.Background: Working on Steam into History’s railroad.

Also of interest about Glen Rock:
- Museum goer: ‘I really like these old pictures of Glen Rock’.
- Mystery of Glen Rock-area’s Narrow Gauge Road deepens.
- This time, entrepreneur in York County’s Glen Rock bet on the wrong horse.
- Glen Rock hilltop farm: ‘You cannot stay stressed here for long’.
- Add obscure marker to list of things to see in Glen Rock
- Glen Rock marked site of AMP/Tyco’s first Pa. plant

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to Rocks in the Glen turns into town where things happen, Part III

  1. John Hufnagel says:

    Hi Jim,
    Just wanted to thank you for the Roland Seitz concert follow-up. It was very fitting that you posted it on June 14, either by your planning or by accident as June 14 was the 146th birthday of Roland Seitz.
    John

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