Sandy Spring Friends School


The SBP Memorial Concert is held each year in honor and memory of alumna
Nan Schwarz Pricher '67 and graduated parent Jane Schwarz Binger.

SSFS established the SBP Memorial Concert in appreciation of Jane and Nan's love of Sandy Spring Friends School and the role that classical music played in the life of SSFS's first generation of alumni. The annual concert is dedicated to continuing the tradition of classical music at Sandy Spring Friends School, first established by Barry Morley and carried through years of operettas and countless alumni for whom musical education played a formative role. 

Save the date for the Sixth Annual SBP Memorial Concert

Ben Schenck '81  & Panorama Jazz Band

Acoustic Party Music of the World via New Orleans

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Panorama has been bringing all sorts of music into all sorts of situations since the mid '90s, always with a strong New Orleans party vibe cultivated over years of entertaining locals and tourists alike in their native Crescent City. They have been playing weddings, funerals, parties, nightclubs, parades, concerts, corporate events and music festivals locally, nationally and internationally ever since.

The Panorama Jazz Band took shape in November 1995 when a friend asked New Orleans clarinetist Ben Schenck '81 to organize a combo for her wedding. Originally a trio, the group gradually evolved by 2006 to include seven players (clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums). The original concept was to perform New Orleans Traditional Jazz and drop in an occasional number from the Caribbean or Eastern Europe. Before long, however, the musicians in the band gradually became more fascinated by Jewish klezmer, the Creole biguines of Martinique and folk music from the Balkans and Latin America, occasionally dropping in music by Jellyroll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet or Fats Domino to remind listeners where the band is from.

In 1997 they began playing Mardi Gras parades, a project which eventually grew into a separate marching outfit, the Panorama Brass Band. That group has been active primarily during Carnival time in New Orleans as the official brass band of the Krewe du Jieux and the St. Anthony Ramblers as well as marching in such parades as Krewe of Muses, Knights of Babylon, Krewe of Tucks, Krewe of Morpheus, and Box of Wine. 

Questions about the SBP Memorial Concert? Please contact Lauren Mossman, Director of Advancement.