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Here you will find notes and comments regarding our band's accomplishments and plans. In this informal "diary," most recent entries are posted at the top, oldest entries are last.
Spring 2015 We have been working on some fun pieces, and some very challenging ones. Not all of us can play every note, but there are enough of us that the music gets covered pretty well anyway! We are in the process of getting ready to perform a benefit concert in June. This is our way of supporting the local Thurston County Food Bank, so we are all determined to play our best and give the audience a good show.
We have added some new members, and it's fun getting to know them. Of course, names may be harder to remember than new faces, but luckily we wear name tags too for those moments. :) We also have occasional guests who sit it with us for a rehearsal or two...usually they are visitors who are band members in other states. We've also had a visit from a professor who is doing a survey of older musicians--and he sat in and played with us, too!
On April 8, we had a visit from John Dodge of the Olympian newspaper, and the next day we were featured on the front page of the paper: Nice article, a picture, and a video clip! Thanks, John.
Our 2014 band camp was as fun as we hoped...and as rewarding. We had over 100 musicians in attendance, and made really good music. Please read the summary to find out more about that challenging and fulfilling experience.
Spring 2014 We have been adding more songs to our repertoire, as well as adding new members! We'll be playing along with some elementary school youngsters in May, as well as having our get-together with the Tacoma band. We're taking a break from rehearsals in June so we can get ready for our band camp in July. And we're really looking forward to that 2014 band camp! We have nearly 100 people signed up, and are busily getting things set up to make it the best camp ever. We have 3 great conductors scheduled (Roy Ernst is one of them!), and it looks like a really delightful selection of music will be crammed into those few days! We'll be living and breathing music the whole time (inhale...exhale...smile).
Summer 2013 The past year showed us growing, both in numbers and in the variety and difficulty levels of the music we played. Performances were a joy, glitches were overcome, and we continue to have the privilege of being led by our wonderful conductor/director/sometime-comedian, Vic Jowders. We are excited at the prospect of hosting another New Horizons Band Camp here in Olympia in 2014, and hope former campers will want to return to our beautiful area again. We really do have fun at these camps!
Summer 2012 ( ed. note: Yes, 2012 did happen, as you can see by our performance schedule...the notes just didn't show up here! But it was fun and busy.)
Fall 2011This quarter has been a bit different for us. We started practicing a month early, changed our website and web email addresses, and have been working under Merle Webster's direction while Vic Jowders is on vacation. Lots of differences -- but still fun! Our outdoor performances in Tumwater went well, with the rain stopping just before we began to play, and holding off till we were driving home afterwards. Serendipity strikes again.
R B Bernd US Army
Jim Binkerd US Air Force
Clark Christine US Navy
Elmer Collins US Navy
Harmon Eaton US Army
Paul Eddy US Air Force
Dick Genske US Navy
Edson Holloway US Air Force
Glenn Hough US Army
Michael Jackman US Army
Dave Johannes US Navy US Marine Corps
John McCullough US Coast Guard US Navy
Don McMinds US Air Force
Harry Nelson US Marine Corps US Army
Fred Richards US Air Force
Rush Ward US Army
Merle Webster US Air Force
The American's Creed
by William Tyler Page
I believe in the United States of America
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country
Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.
August 2011 Our Olympia New Horizons Band has been invited by the Tumwater Historical Society to play at Tumwater Falls Park on October 2, 2011, so this year our fall quarter starts earlier than usual. Instead of waiting until September, we will begin rehearsing on August 17 so that we can get our music "polished up" enough to give a good performance in October. Vic Jowders, our director, is taking a sabbatical/vacation/break this fall, and Merle Webster has agreed to be our conductor for this session. We're hoping to make it reasonably easy on Merle, since he's already one of us. Hope you had a good summer, and if you aren't already part of our band, please consider joining us. We have fun!
June 2011We are pleased to present this report by Graham Sattler of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, New South Wales, Australia. The observations and conclusions expressed are those of Mr. Sattler, who visited the Olympia and Tacoma NH bands in the spring of 2011. The author has granted us permission to post this report on the Olympia, WA New Horizons Band web site. Thank you Graham! We really enjoyed your visit and appreciate your input.
March 2011We've been working on a variety of music (at levels of difficulty we never dreamed of a few years ago!), and are getting our concert program pretty well shaped up. Our spring concert will be on April 25 at Panorama City's auditorium, and we're looking forward to it! We are excited that we'll be performing a new composition, "Cooper Point Overture," by Lantz Berets, the director of our new Olympia New Horizons String Orchestra.
January 2011Our band was invited to play for a very special event in November: the Centennial Celebration of Women's Suffrage in Washington State. The program was held in the rotunda of the state capitol, and we were honored to perform the music for the event. Ken Lewis, our contact person for scheduling our public appearances, received a nice "thank you" note to us from our Washington Secretary of State, Sam Hunt.
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We had a wonderful concert at the Festival of Trees in early December, playing for nearly a full hour (and even being urged to play longer!). We do enjoy these performances which benefit a local hospital, especially when we can see our director as well as we could this year (a long story, but it has to do with how we've been able to arrange our chairs). The music came out well, and our audience was very appreciative. These are the kind of concerts you like to remember!
We celebrated a very special landmark in January, when our "senior" flute player, Jan McKenzie, reached her 90th birthday. Jan is a fascinating person who has had a very interesting life and is talented in many areas, including flute playing. Our group usually dedicates a piece of music when someone passes on, but this year we started a new tradition: when one of our members reaches 90, we will dedicate a piece to them, so they can enjoy playing it, too! For Jan, our special piece is J. S. Bach's "Arioso" which, of course, features the flutes! It is a beautiful piece of music, and a fitting salute to a fine flute player.
We are working on several pieces for our concert at Panorama City in April and, even more "urgently," getting our resources and energy directed to hosting our Band Camp 2011 in July. This is an awesome experience (both preparing for it and participating in it!) and many of our members are already hard at work to make it a success. Hope you can attend! (For camp registration & information, click here.)
August 2010 Because of some scheduling conflicts for our rehearsal hall, we're going to have an abbreviated schedule of September rehearsals, as follows:
SEPTEMBER 22, Wednesday, 10:00 am Rehearsal in the hall as usual.
SEPTEMBER 29, Wednesday, 10:00 am IF we can find a suitable rehearsal spot (hall is not available).
Spring 2010It's the last day of May, and we have had a very busy and productive time of it. We had one performance at the end of April, then a spate of performances in May -- 4 of them in the same week! We achieved some notable firsts for the group. Our performances in Ocean Shores over the May 21-22 weekend included four numbers which combined our band with the voices of the North Beach Singers. This is the first time the band has played with a vocal group, and it was wonderful! And we received a very nice thank-you letter for our help in raising donations for the food bank there.
Another first was our performance at the Odd Fellows Memorial Day Observance in Tumwater. This is the first time in all the decades of this event that a band has been invited to play. We were pleased to be invited, and appreciated the positive response our music received. And the rain which had been drenching the Puget Sound area was thoughtful enough to stop while the ceremony was held. In fact, the sun actually came out and we had blue skies with puffy little clouds by the time we were through playing! What a beautiful day to remember and pay respect to our fallen soldiers.
The dedication and endurance of the band members has been wonderful, with everyone making a "concerted effort" to be available for as many performances as possible. The friendships we build within this group make the music even more special. A dear friend and wonderful bassoon player, Maxine Bell, passed away this spring, but her memory will always be with us. Another friend, Al Rettenmier, trumpet player, is making great strides in recovering from a stroke this past month, and we hope and expect to have him back to help us out soon.
Fall/Winter 2009We had three performances in the "snow months" this season: our Veterans Day concert at Boistfort School (without the snowstorm this year!). our performance at the Festival of Trees which benefits St. Peter Hospital, and our annual Christmas concert here at Land Yacht Harbor for residents, family and friends. We are gaining more confidence and members all the time, and are enjoying our rehearsals as much as our performances!
August 2009 Because of some scheduling conflicts for our rehearsal hall, we're going to have a rather eccentric schedule for our September and October rehearsals. Below is a schedule showing the changes that have been made:
SEPTEMBER 23, Wednesday, 10:00 am. Rehearsal in the hall as usual.
SEPTEMBER 30, Wednesday, 3:00 pm. (note TIME CHANGE) Rehearsal in the hall.
OCTOBER 9, FRIDAY, 3:00 pm (note DAY and TIME CHANGE) Rehearsal in the hall.
2009 Summer Quarter NotesSince our Olympia New Horizons Band doesn't play through the summer, some members took the summer off (from this band, anyway) while others continued to play with the Tacoma New Horizons Band. Whatever our summer activities, we're all looking forward to being together again in September!
2009 Spring Quarter NotesWe had fun this quarter! We were given a great mixture of numbers to work on, from marches to musicals to classics...and more! We performed with two different school bands (Boistfort School and Meadows Elementary), and really enjoyed working with the young people. They seemed to be enjoying the collaboration, too. We also played a concert for our ONHB 10 year anniversary celebration at our Land Yacht Harbor (Airstream Park) rehearsal site.
Winter 20082008 has come to an end, and we're well into our winter 2009 quarter of band. It has been soooooo good to be back among our good musical friends, and to be getting to know the new members who've joined us in making music this year. And, after a rather long holiday break (with some unexpected "snow days" thrown in on top of our scheduled break), we're all putting our energy into learning lots of new music. Wednesdays are really something to look forward to!
Fall 2008We had four performances during our fall quarter, the first in late October and the last in mid-December. The first was a concert for the Good Samaritan Club's State Rally on October 24, 2008. We performed the Star Spangled Banner, some marches, and a medley of tunes from Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady. We enjoyed playing for the group, and were pleased to have Rosie Walter, a college classmate of Vic's, as our guest conductor on the Liberty March. She also happens to be an officer in the Good Sam club!
Boistfort Veterans Assembly
Our second performance was for the Veterans' Appreciation assembly on the morning of November 10, 2008 at the Boistfort school in an area hard-hit by 2007's December floods (Lewis County). This school contains pre-school through 8th grades, and has a total student body of 70+ students. It was a privilege to attend and participate in such a heartfelt and respectful tribute to our veterans.
Our third performance was at The Festival of Trees at the Red Lion in Olympia, at 4:00 pm on December 3, 2008. We "changed gears" in our rehearsals and prepared several pieces of Christmas music for this event. It is part of a week-long fund-raiser for the local hospital, and many of our friends came to hear us!
Our fourth performance was also a Christmas program, this one at Olympics West in Tumwater on December 15, 2008 at 3:00. We always look forward to this one, too, since the people there always make us feel welcome and enjoy our music -- this year just as in past years. It is so much fun to make people smile!
NOTE: Speaking of "making music," one change you'll notice here at the website is our new e-mail address. Because at one point we received over 3000 spam mailings in one day, we've changed our approach: our address will no longer actually appear in text anywhere on the website.
If you want to know what several of us did this past summer (2008), please check our Band Camp 2008 page. We had a wonderful band camp here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest this summer! More information about this experience will be coming to the website later on. And, news flash, it looks like we'll be presenting another one in 2011!!! It's not set in stone yet...but we're hoping to make it happen.
Summer (except for Band Camp!) was a nice break for most of us, although we enjoyed our busy spring! During that spring quarter, we played a concert at Boistfort, WA (one of the areas affected so severely by the 2007-08 winter floods) on March 26, 2008, and had a pretty good-sized and very enthusiastic turnout...even though everyone had to drive through a snowstorm, and there was enough snow on the ground to make us think it was January!
We also performed at the Land Yacht Harbor on May 2, 2008, for their owners' association's annual meeting. We enjoyed it, and were warmly applauded by the large crowd. We played a great variety of music, including Sousa and King marches, a Carribean paso doble, selections from "Guys and Dolls," Anderson's "Blue Tango," a rousing piece composed by Red Skelton, and a Dixie-ish version of a favorite hymn. We get to have so much fun!
Our most recent official performance was on the afternoon of May 14, 2008, at the May birthday celebration for residents at Olympics West in Olympia. The oldest honoree turned 103...and was there enjoying the concert, smiling and applauding! It's fun bringing music and smiles to people with our music.
We also gave an impromptu concert on May 21, 2008 when we shared our rehearsal space with the Good Sam RV group which was meeting there. As we practiced in the front of the hall, we gained an audience from the RV'ers, and were even given the opportunity to play several songs under the baton of a guest conductor, Rosie, who was a classmate of Vic Jowders in college and went on to be a band director herself. She was there with the Good Sam group, and seized the opportunity to practice with us. What an enjoyable (if unplanned) experience for all of us. Serendipity strikes again!
September, 2007, was a busy month for us, starting rehearsals on the 5th, then performing at Land Yacht Harbor on Wednesday the 19th at 1:00 for the Holiday Rambler RV group.
Our next performance will be at the Red Lion in Olympia on November 28, 2007 at 4:00 pm for the annual Festival of Trees.
We went to Nisqually Middle School on June 11, 2008, and sat in with the band students there. It was fun spending a couple of hours playing music with the young people--and maybe they've decided that we "old people" are kinda cool after all! We certainly hope our participation encouraged them to stay involved in band through their school years and beyond.
Our last "event" for the 2007-2008 season was a catered luncheon on June 25th, 2008 after a 2-hour rehearsal. We celebrated a wonderful season which was not only fun and productive, but was also our biggest yet as far as adding new members. We are a GROWING band!
We performed for the Olympia Festival of Trees on Sunday, November 26th, 2006 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, and on Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 at Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey.
We ended our 2006-07 year with a flourish, playing two combined concerts with the Tacoma band in May of 2007 -- one of them here, at our regular meeting place, and the other in McMinville, Oregon. We enjoyed performing both, and those who made the Oregon trip had a great time meeting and playing with New Horizons band members from other groups.
Now, we're all excited about getting back together after our summer vacation and are already looking forward to playing those three concerts in September (talk about jumping right in!).
(And, how about our new purple shirts? Wow! We're having pictures taken September 5th, and should have photos for you to see soon!)
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