Music and Entertainment

Welcome to our wonderful Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade. As always, among the many fantastic attractions and events that the GPP offers during the day, we have worked very hard this year to provide you, once again, with a lineup of great musical entertainment.

Starting the morning off at the Daniel Pierce Library, prior to joining the parade, your children will be entertained by our good friend Jack Luster and Doctor Professor Balloon-a-Kiss, who has an amazing repertoire of magic tricks and, of course, his delightful balloon creations.

Later on, after the Costume March, you will be treated to some wonderful instrumental music by some of the hottest young musicians in the Tri-Valley area, those of the Tri-Valley School Band! Under the baton of band director, Matthew Weyant, our TVCS students will perform a plethora of great music selections that are sure to make your spine tingle!

We are once again thrilled this year to welcome back to our stage, the exciting bluegrass sound of the Dyer Switch Band!

The Dyer Switch Band plays hard-driving traditional, original, and unique bluegrass and acoustic music. Performing since 1992, Dyer Switch was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame and nominated for five consecutive years as Bluegrass Band of the Year by Northeast Country Music Association. In 1998, “Gotta Feelin’”, from the band’s third recording, titled “American Airwaves”, was nominated “Song of the Year” by the Northeast CMA. Dyer Switch has received considerable air play in North America and Europe, and a song that band member JoAnn Sifo wrote was number one on the European country charts. The band has been featured on Northeast Public Radio and has opened for Ralph Stanley and for the Larry Stephenson band.

The versatile, engaging band, with dynamic stage presence, has captivated audiences throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and the South at festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, fairs, and live radio shows. The band brings together hard-driving renditions of traditional tunes from first generation giants like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, their own powerful originals, and fresh and innovative versions of songs from other genres.