Buddy Givens – President NHIMA Board of Directors, Membership Chair, Denton New Horizons Band, New Horizons Band of Dallas, Aubrey, Texas
I became involved with New Horizons music a few months after I retired in 2010. I saw an article in the newspaper that described the Denton New Horizons Band, so I found the band’s web site and sent a note to the director, Dr. Debbie Rohwer. She responded that same day and invited me to attend a rehearsal. I had n
ot played an instrument for any length of time since we moved to the Dallas area in 1986. I started playing clarinet in the 7th grade, switched to baritone sax two years later, then to bassoon in the 10th grade. I played the bassoon through the rest of high school and four years of college (University of Texas at El Paso). After spending four years in the Air Force, I returned to El Paso, and a couple of years later I joined the El Maida Shrine band. I still had the clarinet I had started on, but it was the very cheapest student clarinet ever made, so I decided to go first class and bought a Buffet R13. I played in the Shrine band off and on until we left El Paso, and I intended to join the band at the Hella Shrine in Dallas, but my job involved travel during the week so that didn’t work out. Then life happened – kid’s activities, business and service clubs, career advances, then suddenly retirement came along, and so did New Horizons.
The Denton New Horizons Band does not meet in the summer, so when the spring season was over, a member of the Dallas band suggested I attend one of their rehearsals, as they meet throughout the year. I found another group I enjoyed, and after a few months I decided that I would try a return to the bassoon. I actually had an instrument that I found in a junk shop while I was in the Air Force (cost me $27.50), but it didn’t sound like I thought it should, so I picked up a new one. Since then, it’s been the bassoon for me. I finally got serious enough in 2016 to buy a Fox Renard 220, which has been great.
On a personal note, Peggi and I just celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary. She recently retired and has decided this music thing is pretty good so she will try her hand in the percussion section in Denton. We have two children, Jeff and Korri. Jeff works for a software company in the Dallas area, is married, and plays lead guitar in a local band. He played clarinet through high school. Korri is an actress, having recently moved with her husband to Oklahoma City (his home town and where they both graduated from college) after 6 years in Chicago. I am a CPA and worked in both public accounting and industry. No, I don’t do taxes. I am also heavily involved in Masonic activities. I became interested in serving on the Board after attending the New Horizons camp in Ft. Collins in 2013. I had previously met MJ Hull and became acquainted with other board members. They were a fun group but also very dedicated to the organization, so when this opportunity came along, I jumped at it. Since joining the board, I have attended more camps and was privileged to serve as Vice-President in 2016, chairing the membership drive that added more than 400 new members. I look forward to serving with the other board members in 2017 to continue our growth and to make membership more valuable to all New Horizons participants.
Ken Carper – NHIMA Vice President Board of Directors, Nominating Committee Chair, Coordinator of Business Memberships, Naples New Horizons Band, Naples, Florida
Ken Carper a career musician/music educator and a native of Pennsylvania. His life has been a progression of steps from one musical plateau to another, from contemporary American music (pop and jazz), to traditional classical music, to world musics.
Ken’s Bachelor of Music degree is from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, a school known for jazz education and performance. Following this, his MM. was from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, a school especially known for classical performance. After a decade owning a rural music store, some happy life-changing opportunities led to a PhD at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu. The University of Hawaii is noted for world music styles. Due to this, both Ken and his wife, Carol, have made MANY ukulele and hula friends at New Horizons band camps!
Ken and Carol spend summers in Everett/Bedford, Pennsylvania where he taught and founded/directed a thriving presenting and performing arts group, The Pennsylvania Consort. Ken has also taught in Hyattsville (MD), Honolulu (HI), Fallsburg (NY), and worked for many years as an online adjunct with Boston University.
After returning to the mainland from Hawaii (nearly 20 years ago), Ken discovered how chilly the Northeast can get and he and Carol relocated to Naples, FL. Ken can currently be found directing the Naples New Horizons band (with Carol a part of the French horn section) and teaching music history and world musics at Florida Gulf Coast University, near Ft. Myers, FL.
Lori Schuett – Secretary NHIMA Board of Directors, Communications Chair, Mentor to Planning Groups, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
I joyfully play flute, piccolo, and alto flute. I have served as president, Board Director, and founding member of two New Horizons Bands in Peterborough. I also play in a number of small ensembles – Allegria Flute Choir, Classic Duo, Silver and Ivory (a piano and flute duo), and The Quintessential Winds woodwind quintet, which I lead. These ensemble groups are great fun and so rewarding when we play at retirement homes and similar venues. I also play piano.
My flute experience began in high school where I enjoyed five years of concerts and band exchanges. Then when I journeyed on to university my flute went by the wayside, and I never saw it again until 2002 when the first New Horizons Band in Peterborough was formed. It was quite a challenge to learn all over, but some things did come back to my memory, and my fingers seemed to know where to go after a few weeks.
I retired from a 32 year career in education teaching high school and college French and English and later photography was added to my slate. I spent the last 20 years of that career as director of a private girls’ school. This position was a very rewarding, albeit challenging job, considering the school was a brand new one that was starting from scratch with no academic records and few buildings to house classrooms. However build we did and stood proudly as our successful graduates went on to make their way in the world. Along the way in my less mature days I owned a plant store, taught gourmet cooking, and wrote cooking columns for the local newspaper.
When my husband Rick and I retired we were not sure what we wanted to do and considered living in Mexico. I took up photography seriously and taught some adult classes and wrote articles for magazines – one was for a music journal. However, when we heard about the New Horizons band being formed in Peterborough, both of us joined enthusiastically. Rick plays tuba and percussion, and we feel so privileged to share the joy of making music together and traveling to New Horizons band camps where we have made many wonderful friends.
I cannot imagine my life without my music – I am out almost every day playing in one of my groups, and if not that, then I am practising, walking, bidding at the bridge table, or shopping for shoes. We are also blessed with two adorable twin granddaughters whom we see as much as we can.
I am honored to serve on the NHIMA Board and hope that I can give back as much as this organization has done for me. Thank you so much, Roy, for the gift of music.
Judy Rose – NHIMA Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Special Projects, Eastman Rochester New Horizons, New York and Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers Florida
I’m a native Rochesterian and graduate of the State University of New York. I enjoyed a career teaching computer programming at the secondary level for twenty three years followed by work in our business with my husband, Bill. We enjoy a blended family of five children, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Our hobbies include travel, gardening, antique car restoration and Red Sox baseball. In addition to involvement in antique cars shows, in June, 2013 my role was navigator, as Bill drove the back road Great Race along the Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama. The trip was hot and exhausting in our 1969 Mercedes 280SL (no air conditioning); a fun and memorable experience. But, more than any other hobby, “Life is Good” because of Roy Ernst’s New Horizons Music, which came into my life nearly twenty years ago when I encountered a senior band performing holiday music at the local airport.
My musical journey began with the study of piano at age seven, followed by clarinet in fourth grade. I loved being a band member through high school, but never owned my own instrument and since there was no music offered in college, more than forty years passed without my touching a clarinet. While helping my granddaughter with her clarinet practice, I was surprised to find the dots connected to my brain and the fingers quickly responded. It took over a year for me to find the courage to attend the first New Horizons rehearsal and it has been a life changing, fulfilling, musical adventure with the wonderful benefit of many new friendships.
Eastman Rochester New Horizons brought music performance back into my life; originally as a band member on the B-flat clarinet and currently as a bass clarinetist. An RPO member offered me the opportunity to use his bass clarinet fifteen years ago and I was converted after falling in love with its deep, rich, dark tone. In addition to the NH band, I’ve enjoyed being a member of the NH orchestra, bands in the towns of Penfield and Irondequoit, the New Horizons Clarinet Choir and the Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers, Florida. My most memorable performing highlights were when the choir, under the direction of Dr. Alan Woy, submitted auditions and twice received an invitation to perform (only senior group ever) at the International ClarinetFest in Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Thanks to Roy Ernst, music has made my mature years “Golden”. I’ve enjoyed giving back to New Horizons as a fifteen year member of the gig committee and ten years doing concert publicity. My current focus is the “Play it Forward” program, the band initiative providing supplementary instruction to instrumental band students, focusing on two schools in the Rochester City School District. Since January 2014, many PIF volunteers have worked with band students, sometimes helping them prepare for their School of the Arts audition. At our annual Fall, Holiday and Spring concerts we accept donations and the monies have been used for instrument purchase, timely repair and potentially to fund summer private lessons for students who show promise.
While a seasonal resident in Fort Myers, Florida, I enjoy performing in Pop Concerts with the symphony and look forward to a new volunteering opportunity by sharing the joy of making music with children. The Symphony has begun a new “Music Works” after school program for children in grades K – 3 who wouldn’t normally have access to music lessons. These activities make it a little less painful to leave my “New Horizons family” during the winter months.
Randy Kligerman – NHIMA Board of Directors, Communications Assistant, Administrator of the Recycled Music Project, New Horizons Band, Toronto, Canada
Life has been very good to me. I have four great children, a successful and growing international business and a wonderful, supportive wife. Having had limited exposure to music growing up I have always been drawn to music, but the thought of learning how to play an instrument, let alone joining a band, while really exciting, was a very distant dream.
In September 2010, I heard that a New Horizons Band was starting up in Toronto and they were actively seeking members. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there were no auditions, no experience was necessary and that “your best was good enough.” In fact, I was so relieved and encouraged after our first class, which included learning how to untangle our music stands and properly assemble our instruments, that I immediately volunteered to join the planning committee and eventually created the role of director of special projects. Today, New Horizons Toronto has grown to over 200 members, with six concert bands, a jazz band and many small ensemble groups that we feature in our annual Chamber Suites Concert!
On a personal level, New Horizons has immeasurably enriched my life in ways I had not imagined. In these five short years with New Horizons Band I have learned to play the flute, made many wonderful new friends and participated in several adult music camps. I have been taught and inspired by many incredibly talented musicians and performed in concert bands as well as wind and flute ensembles. My thanks to Roy Ernst: I can’t imagine my life without music now and perhaps more importantly, the opportunity of making music a significant part of life when I retire is tremendously exciting.
I am honored to be a board member of NHIMA and look forward to sharing this amazing opportunity with anyone looking to enrich their life through music.
Roger Meachem – Membership Committee Chair NHIMA Board of Directors, CASI New Horizons Band of the Quad Cities
A native of the UK, I have been involved with music all of my life. My father had a small dance band, while mother played violin in a string quartet and sang in a major chorus. I trained as a classical pianist, then went through just about all of the music crazes of the 60s and 70s, adding guitar, saxophone and drums to my repertoire. Then, somehow, life got in the way, and I didn’t play for 20 years or so, despite working in the electronic music and audio industries for more than 25 years.
After I moved to America, I met my wife Cilla (at a Chicago roller rink), and we both joined some first-class choruses. While singing with a group in Davenport, IA, my seat-neighbour asked if I played any instrument, adding that the CASI New Horizons band rehearsed in the same building. I went to the next rehearsal and was ‘hired’ immediately! Bass drum was first; then I added most of the other percussion instruments, with my favourites being mallets, especially vibes. Cilla joined the group the week after me, and now plays alto sax.
Attending several NHIMA music camps has inspired me to become more involved with this wonderful organisation. I am looking forward to working with the International Board and continue spreading the word about NHIMA.
Nancy Wombacher – NHIMA Board of Directors, Advisory Council Liaison, Planning and Mentoring Committees
Shirley Phillips – Event Committee Chair, NHIMA Board of Directors
Bob Goold – NHIMA Board of Directors, By-Laws and Policies & Procedures Review
Dr. Roy Ernst – Founder of the New Horizons Program, Nominating Committee, Advisory Council, Tarpon Springs, Florida
Roy Ernst is a professor emeritus of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he taught for 25 years and chaired the music education department for 12 years. In 1991, Dr. Ernst started the first New Horizons Band at Eastman for the purpose of creating a model program emphasizing entry and re-entry points to music making for senior adults. Later, he became the founding director of the New Horizons Music Project, funded by the National Association of Music Merchants and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers. In that capacity, he used the New Horizons Band as a model to assist in starting more than 100 similar programs in the United States and Canada.
Publications by Dr. Ernst include books and articles on conducting, flute performance, and music education. He is the founding director of The Aesthetic Education Institute in Rochester, New York. He conducts frequently at New Horizons Institutes-national and international events for New Horizons band and orchestra members.
Before moving to Eastman in 1975, he taught flute, conducted the wind ensemble, and was a member of the music education faculty at Georgia State University. In 1984, he was a visiting professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia.
Recognitions and honors to Dr. Ernst include the President’s Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater, Wayne State University; an Outstanding Educator Award from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; The Richard Snook Award from the Monroe County Music Educators; an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in recognition of his work in adult education; and recognition as one of the Grand Masters of Music Education by the Music Educators National Conference, the 85,000 member professional association for music educators.
Dr. Ernst began his career in Michigan, where he taught instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. Dr. Ernst lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida with his wife Pat, who is a food journalist. They travel frequently to visit family and attend New Horizons events.
~~~~~~~~~~ A one-hour interview entitled “Chordially Yours”, with New Horizons Founder, Roy Ernst, PhD., is available for purchase on DVD. Roy talks about his school days and early music experiences. He also talks about his early career and his time at the Eastman School of Music. Of special interest to those involved in New Horizons is the description of his original idea for a band for retired people and how his philosophy has grown into an international program. To order the DVD, send a check for $25.00 (which includes shipping) to Peggy Hall, 508 Panorama Trail, Rochester, New York 14625.