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New Horizons Band will give fall concert in FHS
Friday, November 13, 2009

New Horizons Band under Director Katheriine Levy performs in Bemus Point, NY
Above, the New Horizons Band performs under the baton of Katherine Levy at a concert of the Bemus Point Pops series.

The New Horizons Band of Western New York will present a Fall Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18 at Fredonia High School Auditorium in Fredonia, N.Y.

The concert is free, but the band would appreciate donations of non-perishable food that will be donated to the Food Pantry of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.

The New Horizons Band, conducted by Dr. Katherine Levy, will perform “Tamarack Overture” by John Edmondson; “Chicken Chowder” by Irene Giblin, arranged by Andrew Balent; “Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon” by Percy Grainger; “Three Ayres from Gloucester” by Hugh Stuart; “Songs of Old Kentucky” by Brant Karrick; “Rain” by Brian Balmages; “Sixties Gold” by Sam Cooke, arranged by Douglas Wagner; “Fever” by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley, arranged by John Moss; and “Happy Holiday/White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, arranged by Ted Ricketts.

The NHB Brass Quintet, Saxophone Quartet, Percussion Ensemble and German Band will also perform.

About the Band

The band under the direction of Dr. Katherine Levy was launched by the SUNY Fredonia School of Music five 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, are given the opportunity to 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 in Mason Hall. The band has an enrollment of more than 55 musicians. The average age of the New Horizons Band of Western New York is nearly 63 years ranging in age from the early 50s to the late 70s.

The New Horizons Band will continue with group lessons and band rehearsals in early February. No previous background in music or on an instrument is necessary to join. Members can testify that it is possible to learn to play an instrument as a senior adult! A special three week session of band rehearsals will be held during the month of January, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 pm, starting on January 7.

Dr. Katherine M. Levy, associate professor of music education, conducts the band. Advanced music education students in the School of Music provide group lesson instruction. Dr. Levy 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,” said Levy. “Almost anyone can enjoy learning to play a musical instrument when good instruction, a friendly environment, and lots of helping hands are available.” Dr. Levy was introduced to New Horizons as a graduate student when she became the brass instructor for one of the first New Horizons Bands in Iowa City, IA.

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 or call (716) 673-4628. Those who are not sure what instrument to play, please contact Dr. Levy at 716-673-3401 to schedule an appointment to try out various wind, brass and percussion instruments.


Members of the band

Frank Needham
David Stout
Janet Stout

Bemus Point
Cathy Norton

Doug Corell
Lynn Utegg

Eric Kroon
Patricia Mikula-Olmstead

Alona Forbes
Sam Fote
Jim Gibbons
Doris LaSpada
Daniel Miceli
Larry Perdue
Dorothy Schrantz

East Aurora

Cheryl Pfaff

James Doctor

Rick Lundquist

Karen Boyd
Carol Calarco
Charles Erbsmehl
Mary Margaret Fogarty
Mary Ann Frazita
Gregory Harper
Joann Joy
Ronald Joy
Donald Keddie
Bill Loftus
Sharon Morrison
Jacqueline Paddock
Maureen Pagano
Judie Paternosh
Judy Reynolds
Beverly Ruska
Janine Scaccia
Ronald Scaccia
Barb Servatius
Sheila Siragusa
Judy Waterman
James Wilcox

Dennison Heuer


Michael Dunn

Larry McFadden

Susan Bigler

Silver Creek
Charles Borzillire
Bud Lowery
Bill Novaro
John Vona

William Wittenbrook

Donna Meder

Donna Perry


Barbara Kittle
Phyllis Noble
Roxanne Wood



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