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It’s All About da’ Bass–Yes In Concert Band!

It’s an Instrument with Many Names… Jazz or country groups tend to refer to it as a string bass, an upright bass, or a bass violin. Other names for the double bass are contrabass, bass fiddle and bull fiddle. The double bass is usually about six feet tall with a

Dem ‘Bones, Dem ‘Bones, Dem Trombones

60 Years Behind the Slide… I’m Dudley “Slide” Schwartz and these are my observations from 60+ years (and still going) as an amateur trombonist. My brief dose of “music theory” dates from my days in junior and senior high school and then, many years later, my experiences in the trombone

Happy New Year from Mt. Fuji

Every wonder how to coordinate Rossini’s William Tell Overture with fireworks? It seems the Japanese have got it figured out. Take a look at this video. You won’t believe your eyes! Or your ears! Hint…View this with full screen. Amazing!

Play from Lead Sheets and Expand your Musical Ability

Street bands often play from lead sheets. So do jazz combos and pickup bands. The players use their experience along with the lead sheet to figure out what notes and rhythms to play. Playing from lead sheets will expand your experience and your musical ability. Music is the sound you

Peterborough New Horizons Bands Brings Smiles to Summit Terrace

Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs, seniors living at Summit Terrace are paired with a volunteer mentor from the Peterborough New Horizons Band to learn to play an instrument. A variety of instruments, stands and music books are provided. Trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, euphoniums and
Dayton NHIMA Band Camp 2018

University of Dayton/NHIMA Music Camp – REGISTER NOW

We’re very excited to announce that registrations are now being accepted for the University of Dayton/NHIMA Music Camp.  This multiple day event is sure to be a wonderful experience and we look forward to seeing you there. The venue for the music camp is Fitz Hall on the campus of the

A Fond Look Back to NHIMA 1991

All the years of New Horizons Music have been a joy to me. I am amazed at how advanced and wonderful some New Horizons groups are now, but the very first years were the most fun. The expectations couldn’t have been lower. At that time, it was widely believed that

Keeping Focused

Don’t miss reading the December 2017 issue of the AARP Bulletin. If you don’t get it in the mail, it’s worth a trip to your library. The main section is “Boost Your Brain Power.” It’s a treasure of important advice. I want to expand on one point in the article:

Why do Brass Instruments Have at Least Three Valves?

A brass instrument is just a long piece of plumbing (or tubing) coiled up for compactness.  In the photo you can see a trumpet, stretched out so that its tubing is mostly straight.  You can also see a coiled up flugelhorn.  The tubing in both instruments is the same length,

The Most Important 12-bars of Music in the World Today

In my opinion—and I welcome argument—the 12-bar blues, which evolved from the culture of black Americans, mostly slaves, in southern states is the most important 12 bars of music in world musical culture today. Jazz is played in most parts of the world and jazz musicians know and play the

West Michigan New Horizon s Music Ensembles Scores Big Grant

West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles and I are extremely pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. It is a very exciting time for the organization as we begin to dream about ways to use the funds! Any

Harold J. Crosby Band Camp 2017

The leaves are changing colors here in Dexter, Maine, and fall comes with its own music, “music ringing through the autumn magic that is Dexter.” To add to that magic and music, the Carl R. Cuthbert Community Band Foundation again sponsored the Harold J. Crosby Band Camp, September 15-17, 2017.