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POTSDAM - There will be an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room, about a music program for adults who wish to learn to play a concert band instrument and to play in a band.

All adults, with no experience or experience long ago, are welcome to join.

New Horizons is an innovative program in North America, aimed at adults who wish to learn to play a concert band instrument and play in a band. This program was pioneered in this area in 2009 by Ron Berry, conductor.

The New Horizons Band of Northern New York follows the concepts of the New Horizons International Music Association, founded in 1991 by Prof. Roy Ernst of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and partners with SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music to provide instruction to its members.

The instructors are Crane School students guided by Dr. Peter McCoy, associate orofessor in music education and a coordinator of music technology.

The New Horizons Band could be heard on several accessions during past years, including: collaborating with the Canton Central School 7/8 grade band, playing two music pieces during their spring concert; playing at the Ives Park Gazebo during Potsdam’s Summer Festival; playing at the Colton Riverside Gazebo and for the Rensselaer Falls Centennial celebration; and playing for SOAR luncheons.

For more information, call Ron Berry at 265-2883.

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