It is Never Too Late to Make Music!
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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 swing band and woodwind choir rehearse from 8:15-9:00, after Wednesday's rehearsals.
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 MAY 2, 2015 CONCERT,
Video of Wayland Concert Series performance, July 2, 2015, sponsored by the Wayland COA.
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.
PICTURES FROM OUR JULY 2, 2015, PATRIOTIC CONCERT FOR THE WAYLAND COA CONCERT SERIES, photos by Norm Viens. Find the album: "SVNHM July 2 concert Wayland Town Bldg". (There are also camp photos here!)
RECORDING FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 CONCERT
RECORDING FROM OUR DEC 5, 2015 CONCERT
PICTURES FROM OUR MAY 2, 2015 CONCERT, by Russ Keene
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!
On July 1, 2015, 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
Our Swing Band
SUMMER OUTDOOR CONCERT:
The Summer Session SVNH Band will be performing at the Thursday nights Wayland Outdoor Concert Series behind the Town Building. Our gig is Thursday, July 7. The concerts begin at 7:00. Bring a lawn chair and come watch the stars come out as you listen to some great music! If it rains, the concert will be indoors, in the Large Hearing Room.
If you are new to our group, or were on leave this year and didn't get the info email, contact Diane for more info, including fees.
STRINGS will have their summer session May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15 & 22 with the first five sessions being rehearsal time and the last session a gig at a Senior Living Community. Be in touch with Dorcas or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on taking part this summer.
String Rehearsal/Gig Locations:
BAND will meet June 15, 22, 29, July 7 (Thursday), 13 and 20. The group will have two rehearsals and do four gigs, mostly Wednesday nights at Senior Living Communities, but on Thursday, July 7, we will play the Wayland Summer Outdoor Concert series. Contact Diane or email@example.com for more info.
Band Rehearsal/Gig Locations (all gigs are 7:00, with a 6:30 call, unless otherwise marked):
Monday Band Sessions (to work on Fall Music) will be June 20, 27, July 11 & 18, 3:30-5:00 at the Wayland Town Building, in the Tot Room. Let Diane know if you are coming so that we will have the correct number of chairs & stands.
*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.
FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 CONCERT
We had a very successful (and fun!) concert on May 7! Bravo to all! Below is a link to pictures from the concert (A big thanks to Russ Keene!).
RECORDING FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 CONCERT
RECORDING FROM OUR DEC 5, 2015 CONCERT
A small group of us also played as accompaniment for the Community Caroling at First Parish Wayland on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Later, we played carols again, Saturday, Dec 12 as part of the Sudbury Holiday Stroll (Shop Locally) at the Rugged Bear Plaza on Route 20. We played for the shoppers, the passing cars and played when Santa arrived!
FALL 2016 SESSION --
September 7 - December 7, 2016. Our winter concert will be Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Wayland Middle School.
There will be a beginner class, should you be interested in starting an instrument or learning a new instrument (band or orchestra instruments only). Please contact Diane if you are interested in starting a new instrument.
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, September 12, 2016. See the Daytime Band page for more details.*
*Band members may come to either Monday afternoon or Wednesday evening OR BOTH. If you are not a regular at the Monday rehearsals, do check in with Diane to be sure there will be space for you - it is a small room!
OTHER RECENT EVENTS
On November 20, 2014, 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! In the 2015-16 season, we held three Soirees, the Winter one was generously hosted by Wayland First Parish.
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.
(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.