Truro seniors' band program celebrating five years

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TRURO – The Cobequid New Horizons Band program is celebrating five years.

Horst Soehl, foreground, and Mike Devine perform with the Cobequid New Horizons program. This is the fifth year for the program, which has its 9th Wave starting on Sept. 12 with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the former Princess Margaret Rose Elementary School on Willow Street. 

The fifth year starts this month with the 9th Wave on Sept. 12 with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session in the Truro Concert Band room at the former Princess Margaret Rose Elementary School on Willow Street. The event begins at 3:30 p.m.

The program is for those aged 50 and older with a desire to play a musical instrument. No experience is necessary, and those wishing to pick up the instrument again from years past are more than welcome.

Lessons will include instruments such as the flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium (baritone), tuba, drums and percussion, violin, cello, piano, guitar, and electric or acoustic bass.

Paul Barrett, a retired music teacher and professional musician from Truro, directs the program. Barrett has many years of experience teaching music to people of all ages, mostly those over 50.

The 1st Wave of the Cobequid New Horizons Band program began in September 2009, and then in January of 2010 the 2nd Wave Band was formed. September 2010 saw the establishment of the 3rd Wave group and in January of 2011 the 4th Wave band was started. The 5th Wave group began in September 2011 and in January of last year the 6th Wave Band was initiated. September 2012 saw the formation of the 7th Wave Band and in January of this year the 8th Wave group was started.

For more information on the program, contact Barrett at barp@eastlink.ca or 986-1785. Brochures are available at the Marigold Cultural Centre, Mingo Music and many churches in Truro. It can also be emailed by contacting Barrett.

 

Organizations: Princess Margaret Rose Elementary School, Cobequid New Horizons Band, Marigold Cultural Centre

Geographic location: Truro, Willow Street

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