New Horizons Band begins new semester on Feb. 5

The New Horizons Band of Western New York will begin its spring semester on Wednesday, Feb. 5. New members are always welcome.

Ensembles/lessons are from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Band practice is held from 4 to 4:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

The New Horizons Band will perform their spring concert on April 24 at 7 p.m. in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus.

The band, under the direction of Katherine Levy, associate professor of music, 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 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 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 is available online at the website 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.