Creston Beginner Concert Band seeking members

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It’s time to dig out that old clarinet, saxophone or trumpet you’ve been saving since those days, long ago, that you played in your high school band.

A new group, the Creston Beginner Concert Band, especially for “more mature” folks who played once or have never played at all, has been formed. And we want you to play with us.

Playing in a band is greatly rewarding. It stimulates the brain, uses muscles and trains memory. Band members learn to work as a team, and in this process produce beautiful music.

Are you too old? No. Music is such a vital and fundamental part of our beings no one is ever too old to learn. If you played in a school band a long time ago and never touched your instrument again or just never played anything (other than a record player) because someone told you that you had no musical talent (they were wrong), you can play. And you can have fun!

Dr. Roy Ernst from the prestigious Eastman School of Music created the New Horizons Music Program in the late 1980s. It’s still going strong today. Musicians participating in the program love playing. Not just do they love to play, but the experience has greatly enriched their lives.

The instruments for this group will be traditional concert band fare: trumpets, French horns, trombones, baritones, tubas, flutes, clarinets and saxophones.

We will be rehearsing every Wednesday at the Prince Charles Secondary School band room from 4-5 p.m. Costs for the program will be very low (enough to cover music and room rentals).

For more information, visit www.mellowood.ca/music/bband or call Bob van der Poel at 250-866-5772.

—CRESTON BEGINNER CONCERT BAND

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