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New Horizons Band To Offer Special Summer Session

June 30, 2008
Times Observer
The New Horizons Band of Western New York is completing its third season with a special summer session. The bands offer opportunities for persons who are at least 50 years old to learn to play a band instrument, return to playing a band instrument after a long absence, or to play an instrument they have long enjoyed in a new ensemble. Former players wishing to ‘‘reacquaint’’ themselves with their instruments can join at any time, but novices should join during the fall when group lessons will be a feature of the program. A special summer band session will be from Monday, July 7, through Wednesday, July 30. Summer band rehearsals will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A concert has been scheduled as part of the Fredonia Gazebo Concert Series at Barker Common at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31. No lessons will be offered during the summer session. The session costs $20. The fall term, which will include group music lessons and band rehearsals, will begin in September. The fall program will include two weekly group lessons on an instrument and two weekly band rehearsals for a total of 10 weeks at the State University at Fredonia in Mason Hall. The cost for the fall semester program will be $95, not including instrument rental. Dr. Katherine M. Levy, associate professor of music education, conducts the band. Dr. Levy is an active conductor and clinician of bands for all ages. She was introduced to New Horizons in 1995 when she became the brass instructor for one of the first New Horizons Bands in Iowa City, Iowa, and has since conducted New Horizons Bands in Georgia and Maryland. ‘‘Music is for everyone, not just for young people in school. New Horizons music-making is an activity that senior adults can easily adapt to fit their needs,’’ she said. The New Horizons Band of Western New York is part of the Musical Journeys Program, a community outreach project offered in the Fredonia School of Music. More information about New Horizons music efforts and the New Horizons Band of Western New York is available online at or by calling 673-4628.

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The New Horizons Band of Western New York, which is open to persons who are at least 50 years old, will offer a special summer session from July 7 through July 30.



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