New Horizons Band To Perform Friday

DUNKIRK – The New Horizons Band of Western New York will present a winter concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The concert will be held in the Dunkirk High School auditorium. The school is located on Sixth Street in Dunkirk. The concert is free, but attendees are asked to please bring non-perishable food items. The donated food items will be distributed by the Dunkirk High School Student Council to families in the Dunkirk area.

Dr. Katherine Levy will conduct “Invocation and Psalm” by Vince Gassi, “Who’s Who In Navy Blue” by John Philip Sousa and edited by Frank Byrne, “Flight of the Thunderbird” by Richard Saucedo, “Down A Country Lane” by Aaron Copland and transcribed for band by Merlin Patterson, “Highland Fantasy” by Bruce Fraser, “Alegre” by Tania Leon, and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser and arranged by John Moss.

Donald Keddie will conduct “On A Hymn Song Of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger. Pauline Emilson will conduct “The Light of Dawn” by James Swearingen and “A Stowaway On Santa’s Sleigh” arranged by Chris Sharp.

Horns A’Plenty ensemble coached by Pauline Emilson will perform “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” both arranged by Sandy Feldstein and John O’Reilly.

The Flute Duo of Brittany Cole, SUNY Fredonia student coach, and Mary Margaret Fogarty, New Horizons Band member, will perform “Deck the Halls with Swingin’ Music” arranged by Terry Cathrine, “Evening Comes” by Gary Schocker, and “Jinglin’ Janglin’ Bells” by James Pierpont and arranged by Terry Cathrine.

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, Sheridan, Silver Creek, Sinclairville, Strykersville and Westfield.

The band, under the direction of Levy, was launched by the SUNY Fredonia School of Music nine 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, special New Horizons Band-Only sessions are held during the months of January and July. No lessons are offered during the special sessions. The summer session concludes with concerts in local venues.

Levy, associate professor of music education at SUNY Fredonia, 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 Bands 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 Fredonia School of Music. More information about New Horizons music efforts and the New Horizons Band of Western New York is available online at fredonia.edu/music/community/newhorizons.asp 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 various wind, brass and percussion instruments.