Band Concert Planned
On Tuesday May 31, at 3:30 p.m., the New Horizons Band in the Pines will give a free concert at the Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. 15-501.
Roy Ernst, of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., originated the idea in the late 1900s to form a band specifically for adults older than the age of 50. These are adults who played in elementary school and or high school even college, but due to family/jobs were unable to pursue music for many years. Also, it's a band for adults who have always wanted to play an instrument but never had the opportunity.
Since Roy Ernst's original idea, more than 180 New Horizons bands have formed nationwide. The New Horizons Band in the Pines gives adults in Moore County the opportunity to make music. The band started three years ago with 12 members but has currently 40 members.
New Horizons Band is a nonprofit organization. There are five professional directors/instructors who not only provide their time but their expertise in teaching and conducting. The rehearsals are at Sandhills Community College on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The instructors take turns conducting the band and teaching beginners in a nonstressful and fun environment. The band plays at nursing homes, senior centers and community functions. Ten concerts have been or will be played by the band this year. The directors are David Seiberling, also conductor of the Moore County Band, Dr. Robert Romine, Mollie Wilson, Jennifer Smith and Denise Wallace.
For further information call Ronnie Milligan at (910) 673-1462, Jan Gustafson at (910) 673-4099 or the Senior Center at (910) 215-0900.
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