New Horizons Band to perform spring concert April 24

The New Horizons Band of Western New York will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. The concert will be held in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus in Fredonia. The concert is free.

Dr. Katherine Levy will conduct “Paint Your Wagon” arranged by John Cacavas, “El Pueblo” by Johan Nijs, “Deep River” arranged by Luther Henderson featuring tuba soloist Bud Lowery and “Mystery on Mena Mountain” by Julie Giroux-West which is dedicated in memory of all the people who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

John Krestic will conduct “Anthem for Winds and Percussion” by Claude T. Smith. “Great Themes from Great Italian Movies” arranged by John Cacavas will be conducted by Donald Keddie and “Them Basses” by G. F. Huffine will be conducted by Pauline Emilson.

The New Horizons Brass Schleptet, under the direction of Krestic, will perform the following songs: “Reflections of Ireland” arranged by Lloyd Conley, “Song Without Words” arranged by Krestic, “Magic Horn Tango” by Bramwell Tovey with horn solo by Pauline Emilson, and “The Last Tournament.”

Members of The New Horizons Band of Western New York live in the following communities: Angola, Brocton, Cassadaga, Derby, Dunkirk, Forestville, Fredonia, Lakewood, Lily Dale, Portland, Seridan, Silver Creek, Sinclairville, Strykersville and Westfield.

The band, under the direction of Levy, was launched by the SUNY Fredonia School of Music eight years ago and is living proof that, when it comes to learning to play a musical instrument, it truly is “never too late.” New Horizons Band members, who are at least 50 years old, learn to play a band instrument, return to playing a band instrument after a long absence, or continue to improve playing an instrument they have long enjoyed.

The band program includes two weekly group lessons on an instrument and two weekly band rehearsals at SUNY Fredonia’s Mason Hall. The band has an enrollment of more than 60 musicians. The average band member age of the New Horizons Band of Western New York is 63. Band member ages range from the early 50s to the late 70s.

By popular demand, a special summer session will be held during the month of July. No lessons will be offered during the summer session. The summer session concludes with concerts at local areas.

Levy, associate professor of music education, conducts the band. Advanced music education students in the School of Music provide group lesson instruction. Levy was introduced to New Horizons in 1995 when she became the brass instructor for one of the first New Horizons Band in Iowa City, Iowa. She has conducted New Horizons Bands in Iowa and Georgia, and she founded a New Horizons Band in Hagerstown, Md.

“Music making is just too much fun to leave only to younger folks,” Levy said. “Almost anyone can enjoy learning to play a musical instrument when good instruction, a friendly environment, and lots of helping hands are available.”

The New Horizons Band of Western New York is part of the Musical Journeys Program, a community outreach project offered in the SUNY 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 call 673-4628. Those who are not sure what instrument to play may contact Levy at 673-3401 to schedule an appointment to try out various wind, brass and percussion instruments.