The Oswego County New Horizons Band and Chorus will present their annual summer community concert on Friday, August 8, at 7:00 P.M., at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The band will play songs from Lion King; Londonderry Air, arranged by Ed Lisk; Seventy-six Trombones, from The Music Man; and a salute to Louis Armstrong. They will end with an audience sing along of God Bless America. The chorus, accompanied by Susan Maxwell, will present Songs of the Sea, including sea chanteys, Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid, The Boatman Stomp, a Scottish lullaby, and a medley of other sea tales.

The band rehearses on Wednesdays at 9:00 A.M., and the chorus on Tuesdays at 9:00 A.M., at the Minetto United Methodist Church. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal and talk with members. Parking is convenient and all facilities are fully accessible. To schedule a performance or join the organization, send an e-mail to or call Band Director Frank Bickel at 343-5791 or Choral Director Mary Lou Carpenter-Bjorkman at 591-6984.

The Oswego New Horizons Band began in the late 1990s. In 2008, the chorus was added and the organization became the Oswego County New Horizons Band and Chorus. The groups draw members from across Oswego County as well as some from Cayuga and Onondaga Counties. The band currently has 42 members and the chorus 45. The musicians are seniors 50 years of age or older and come from all walks of life and levels of musical background to play together for the pure enjoyment of music, to socialize with others who love music, and to entertain audiences. The groups perform for festivals, park programs, adult care facilities, and church groups; performing a variety of musical selections that include everything from swing to marches, classics to pops, and golden oldies.

The New Horizons Band program was founded in 1991 by Roy Ernst, a professor at Eastman School of Music in Rochester.  The program promotes music participation for senior citizens, enriching their lives and wellbeing.  Now known as New Horizons International Music Association, the organization consists of over 200 bands, orchestras, and choruses with over 9,000 musicians in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States.


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