EL ZARIBAH SHRINE
(Hunter's Paradise) was chartered June 24, 1896.
The ORIENTAL BAND Unit was chartered at the same time
(or so we guess)
As stated in our BY-LAWS, the Oriental Band Unit's purpose is to learn and play oriental music
in support of Temple ceremonials and other public functions.
Band Officers - 2016
President – Bob Beffel
Secretary – Hank Johnson
Treasurer – Gene Terrell
Camel Herder – Bill Williamson
We practice on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at El Zaribah Shrine,
at 7:00pm in the band room (northeast corner of the Shrine Auditorium).
We have the instruments and will guide you thru the music.
The band consists of a few wind instruments called a Musette (also known as a shawm or suona)
and a variety of drums, cymbals, tambourines, blocks and triangles.
On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we get together for dinner in The Shrine Red Fez Room
with our ladies prior to the meeting and then
have brief business meeting in the band room at 7:00 p.m.
We provide marching music as the ceremonial begins and
we perform various pieces for the enjoyment of the Ceremonial Potentate,
the most famous of which is the snake charmer song called the Hootch.
We have a trailer/float that we ride in during the parades.
Many times we are directly in front of the camels. You should see them dance to our music!
The ORIENTAL BAND UNIT has no membership restrictions.
A Noble may belong to another Shrine location, another Club, or another Unit
and also be an active member of the El Zaribah Oriental Shrine Band.
All Nobles are welcome to rehearsals, regardless of background or proficiency.
We'll help you get started if you have the desire.
How to Contact The Oriental Band
Bob Beffel is the President of the ORIENTAL BAND UNIT
To contact him simply call the Shrine Office at 602-231-0300
and leave a message for the ORIENTAL BAND UNIT.