Practice events precede whistle concert


The Engineering Society of York, York Factory Whistle Concert Committee, York County Community Foundation and METSO Industrial Minerals have announced the popular Factory Whistle Concert will begin at 12:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, preceded by practice concerts, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 16 and 23.

A couple listen to the Christmas whistle concert last year at METSO Minerals on Arch Street in York City. (Bil Bowden - For The York Dispatch)

Thanks to generous donations from community businesses and residents, whistlemaster Don Ryan will present the 25-minute concert using the variable-pitched whistle now installed at Think Loud Development, 240 Arch Street. Ryan will be celebrating his 63rd anniversary for presenting the one-of-a-kind concert.

For the third year, the event will be streamed beginning at midnight at, on FaceBook at YorkPaWhistle or through the Factory Whistle Master app.

For those who want to attend in person, a vendor will sell hot cocoa and snacks in the Santander Stadium North Queen Street parking lot. All proceeds and donations will benefit future factory whistle concerts.

The whistle can easily be heard within a five-mile radius of the concert location and, depending upon the wind, has been reported from as far away as 10 miles. To report hearing it from outside the five-mile radius, call or text Jeri Jones at 717-887-7103 or email

To donate to the York Factory Whistle Concert Fund, use a credit or debit card at and indicate York Factory Fund or send a check to York County Community Foundation, 14 W. Market St., York, PA 17401, with York Factory Whistle Endowment in the memo field.

For more information, call Don Ryan at 717-755-0636.