CSRA New Horizons Band expands, looking for members

Stephanie Turner:  The CSRA New Horizons Band has expanded to include a jazz band and is looking for new members.

“Since 2010, we have grown from five band members to three bands: beginner band, concert band and our new jazz band,” said director Lauren Meccia.

Musicians interested in the jazz band will need at least one year of experience; examples of instruments for which the group is seeking include the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Those with no prior music-playing experience can enroll in the beginner band; those with at least one year of experience can join the concert band, according to Meccia.

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CSRA NHB featured in the Aiken Standard

Stephanie Turner:  The CSRA New Horizons Band was created by a local player and a local teacher in 2010. There are currently close to 30 members. “Some people didn’t know the difference between a treble clef and a quarter note,” Jo Whitson, band manager, said.

Whitson, though, was one member who did come with prior practice.

In high school and college, she played the snare drum. In 2010, she decided to try the trombone. This lead her to the Congaree New Horizons Band in Columbia. “I was having such a good time, I thought, ‘We need to do that in Aiken,’” Whitson said.

Later that year, the CSRA New Horizons Band began.

Trumpet player Lois Potter has been with the band since its start.

Potter played her instrument in high school. When she heard about the CSRA division, Potter decided to tune up her playing skills. “I figured it was a good thing to come back to and meet people,” she said.

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See what our members have to say about being part of the band in our video!

Founded in August 2010, the CSRA New Horizons Band is a beginning band for adults of all ages, particularly those 50 and over.  No musical experience is required to join the band, and new members are always welcome.New Horizons Music is an international program with over 180 groups worldwide.  The CSRA New Horizons Band is directed by Lauren Meccia, USCA Director of Bands.

The CSRA New Horizons band meets each Tuesday at the Etherredge Center at USCA in room 124 and 125.

6:00-7:00pm- Beginner Band, room 124

6:00-7:00pm- Advanced Band, room 125

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For more information, email Jo Whitson, program coordinator: csranhb@bellsouth.net