552 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008
Main Line: 602.231.0300
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)
Purpose: 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 - 2017
President – Bob Beffel Vice President - Bill Williams Secretary – Gene Terrell Treasurer – Robert Nelson
PRACTICES 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.
BUSINESS MEETING 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.
CEREMONIALS 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.
PARADES 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.