The Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band provides a fun and nurturing social environment in which retired and/or senior adults with little-to-no formal music education can learn a concert band instrument and play ensemble music with their peers. Through a partnership with Falcetti Music, participants have the option of low-cost instrument rentals that are delivered on the first day. In addition to full band rehearsals, participants are given sectional group instruction by music students from UMASS Amherst and other local universities.
Karen Atherton, conductor
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Fall 2020 Information
There will be no in-person or full-band rehearsals while COVID-19 remains a public health concern. However, individual sections will continue meeting onlinefor 10 weeks of 60-minute group instruction beginning the week of September 28, 2020. A final piece will be constructed from recordings from the participants of each section at the end of the term.
James Campbell, saxophone
Rashaad Greene, percussion
Nancy Janosen, brass, flute
Faith McKinley, clarinet