It is Never Too Late to Make Music!
PSST!! You, there!
Do you ever listen to a concert and wish you could play an instrument?
Do you already play an instrument, but find yourself wishing you played a different instrument?
Have you recently started playing a band or orchestra instrument but haven't had any place to play with others?
Have you ever thought back on how much fun it was to play that instrument you played many years (decades!) ago and wish you could do it again?
Do you watch your kids play in band or orchestra and think that it really looks like fun?
Do you want to play your instrument, but don't want the stress of the standard community band or orchestra?
If so, we are the music group for you!
BUT, I HAVEN'T A CLUE WHAT THE LITTLE BLACK MARKS ARE ON THE PAGE!!!!! We'll teach you, right from the beginning.
The Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band or Sudbury Valley New Horizons Strings is your entrance to the world of instrumental music in a non-competitive and non-intimidating musical environment. A place where your personal best is always good enough. Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music is an organization for adults who love music and want to be involved in playing music with others. (Worried that you won't have enough air or your arthritis is too bad?? See our Frequently Asked Questions)
Come play with us! Explore our site to learn more and feel free to just come and listen or sit in for a week or two to see if SVNHM is the place for you. We rehearse at Wayland Middle School on Wednesday evenings. Most people arrive between 6:15-6:30 for the evening rehearsal and rehearsal runs until 8:15. Our jazz group rehearses from 8:15-8:45 after Wednesday's rehearsal.
For the band, there is also beginner classes & band rehearsals on Monday afternoons place TBA for fall 2014 (see the Daytime Rehearsal page for more info).
Wednesday evening rehearsals are at Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street, in the cafeteria. Come in the front door, turn right and come to the cafeteria.
Monday afternoon rehearsals and Monday afternoon beginner classes are at the Wayland Town Building. Email Diane for more info.
MEDIA & AUDIO/VISUAL
PICTURES FROM OUR DEC 6, 2014 CONCERT, by Russ Keene
PICTURES FROM OUR MAY 3, 2014 CONCERT, by Russ Keene
PICTURES FROM OUR DEC 2013 CONCERT
OLDER PICTURES: (Click on the Photo Album link on the left menu for other photos)
Town Crier articles
VIDEO - Band Outdoor Concert, July 11, 2012 behind the Wayland Town Building. WayCam.TV (It might say "jazz band" but it is the concert band - they are fixing it)
VIDEO - Jazz Band Outdoor Concert, June 14, 2012 behind the Wayland Town Building. WayCam.TV
VIDEO - WHO ARE WE? Wellesley Cable TV did a great video on SVNHB in the summer of 2010. It can be viewed at WayCam.TV (Wayland Cable)
VIDEO - WINTER CONCERT 2010 - WayCam.TV recorded our winter concert and it is posted on WayCam.TV
ABC clip about New Horizons Orchestra in Mesa, AZ.
NPR article on the New Horizons International Music movement!
Our Swing Band
The North Bridge Magazine editor, Keri Lyman, came out to one of our rehearsals, interviewed some members and wrote a terrific article about SVNHM for the Spring/Summer 2015 magazine. North Bridge Magazine goes out to all residents in Acton, Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Sudbury and Wayland. Follow the link to read the article.
Our spring concert is coming up, Saturday, May 2, 2015, 3:00 in the Wayland Middle School Theater. Join our string orchestra and our band for an afternoon of music!
Some* of our members played at the Sunrise Assisted Living in February, we will be playing for the Norumbega Point Community on April 22, and 30 of us made the trip to Portsmouth, NH, on March 21 to take part in the Music For Life Festival with the New Horizons Bands from Portsmouth and the Lakes Region (Laconia envoirons).
*Concerts are not required for our members and there is no pressure to do them. Generally when we go out to play, we have from 30-40 members who attend.
Our Winter/Spring Session is underway, but new members are always welcome. Contact Diane for more information. Both our band and string groups welcome new members at any time. (Never played? Total beginner? Contact Diane.)
Wednesday evening rehearsals Intermediate Band and Strings, & beginner band and string classes, at Wayland Middle School. Most people arrive around 6:15; rehearsal begins 6:40.
Band members, the MONDAY DAYTIME BAND REHEARSAL: Mondays, 3:30-5:00 at the Wayland Town Building, in the Tot Room. First session is Monday, January 5. See the Daytime Band page for more details.*
*Band members may come to either Monday afternoon or Wednesday evening OR BOTH. When there is a holiday and no school on Monday, Monday rehearsals often move to Tuesday, same time, same place.
On November 20, SVNHM held its first Soirée Musicale at the Wayland town building. We had 13 performances with 28 people involved in solos or ensembles, ranging from novice to advanced, winds, strings & percussion. On February 26, the weather cooperated and we had our second Soirée Musicale (people were so excited by the first, they wanted more!). The February event had 15 performances involving 31 people and was equally successful!
We transformed the Large Hearing Room into quite a nice venue with small tables, white table clothes, candles and refreshments. Participants reported that the atmosphere was supportive and that they loved taking part and have requested that we do more than one per year! Below are pix from the first Soirée Musicale.
Our fall concert took place at 3:00 on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Wayland Middle School. Click here for the recordings and some pictures.
On July 1st, Diane was one of three guests on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio call-in program, Maine Calling. The topic of the program was Community Bands in Maine and Adult Musicians. Diane was asked to take part because of being Program Director for the adult band camp, New Horizons at New England Music Camp, in Sidney Maine. The program can be heard at http://news.mpbn.net/post/community-bands
We had a lot of fun and good work done in the 2014 summer's session. We started the summer with three rehearsals and then we played two outdoor concerts and two Assisted Living Community performances. By the end, I think everyone felt more competent and like we had given back to the communities. Bravo to all who took part over the summer!
SUMMER EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
(2015 to be posted in the spring)
(One of the relaxed things about our group is that the members choose which of the above performances they wished to play. There are no requirements and our numbers and personnel vary with each event!)
Playing at Assisted Living Facilities and such is so rewarding; the audience is really appreciative. Follow the link for some of our wonderful moments. (Members, send me others)
New England Adult Music Camp
Registration is open for this year's week at New England Adult Music Camp (same camp, but new name!). If you are considering joining us for the week, register right away. Last year we had to close registration and start a waiting list. Questions? Call or email Diane
What? No clue what those little black marks are on the paper?
Quote of the day:
"There is no backspace key in music." Dean Tuba
So true! Talk about in the moment! Do you worry about your job or anything else while playing??
Great article from the NYT about conducting and what is going on as we wave our arms around. Be sure to look at the video, too. Fascinating use of technology!
I've posted an theory explanation of the "C, E & G walk into a bar..." joke. Go to the Musings page.
I've added a "Musings" section to our website. I'm starting with that "Good Word", Opsimath. But, anyone else who has a musing of some sort that might be interesting to others in our group of opsimaths, is welcome to submit it.