It is Never Too Late to Make Music!
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Do you ever listen to a concert and wish you could play an instrument?
Do you already play an instrument, but find yourself wishing you played a different instrument?
Have you recently started playing a band or orchestra instrument but haven't had any place to play with others?
Have you ever thought back on how much fun it was to play that instrument you played many years (decades!) ago and wish you could do it again?
Do you watch your kids play in band or orchestra and think that it really looks like fun?
Do you want to play your instrument, but don't want the stress of the standard community band or orchestra?
If so, we are the music group for you!
BUT, I HAVEN'T A CLUE WHAT THE LITTLE BLACK MARKS ARE ON THE PAGE!!!!! We'll teach you, right from the beginning.
The Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band or Sudbury Valley New Horizons Strings is your entrance to the world of instrumental music in a non-competitive and non-intimidating musical environment. A place where your personal best is always good enough. Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music is an organization for adults who love music and want to be involved in playing music with others. (Worried that you won't have enough air or your arthritis is too bad?? See our Frequently Asked Questions)
Come play with us! Explore our site to learn more and feel free to just come and listen or sit in for a week or two to see if SVNHM is the place for you. We rehearse at Wayland Middle School on Wednesday evenings. Most people arrive between 6:15-6:30 for the evening rehearsal and rehearsal runs until 8:15. Our swing band and woodwind choir rehearse from 8:15-9:00, after Wednesday's rehearsals.
For the band, there is also beginner classes & band rehearsals on Monday afternoons place TBA for fall 2014 (see the Daytime Rehearsal page for more info).
Wednesday evening rehearsals are at Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street, in the cafeteria. Come in the front door, turn right and come to the cafeteria.
Monday afternoon rehearsals and Monday afternoon beginner classes are at the Wayland Town Building. Email Diane for more info.
MEDIA & AUDIO/VISUAL
PICTURES FROM OUR MAY 2, 2015 CONCERT,
Video of Wayland Concert Series performance, July 2, 2015, sponsored by the Wayland COA.
The North Bridge Magazine editor, Keri Lyman, came out to one of our rehearsals, interviewed some members and wrote a terrific article about SVNHM for the Spring/Summer 2015 magazine. North Bridge Magazine goes out to all residents in Acton, Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Sudbury and Wayland. Follow the link to read the article.
PICTURES FROM OUR JULY 2, 2015, PATRIOTIC CONCERT FOR THE WAYLAND COA CONCERT SERIES, photos by Norm Viens. Find the album: "SVNHM July 2 concert Wayland Town Bldg". (There are also camp photos here!)
RECORDING FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 CONCERT
RECORDING FROM OUR DEC 5, 2015 CONCERT
PICTURES FROM OUR MAY 2, 2015 CONCERT, by Russ Keene
PICTURES FROM OUR DEC 6, 2014 CONCERT, by Russ Keene
PICTURES FROM OUR MAY 3, 2014 CONCERT, by Russ Keene
PICTURES FROM OUR DEC 2013 CONCERT
OLDER PICTURES: (Click on the Photo Album link on the left menu for other photos)
Town Crier articles
VIDEO - Band Outdoor Concert, July 11, 2012 behind the Wayland Town Building. WayCam.TV (It might say "jazz band" but it is the concert band - they are fixing it)
VIDEO - Jazz Band Outdoor Concert, June 14, 2012 behind the Wayland Town Building. WayCam.TV
VIDEO - WHO ARE WE? Wellesley Cable TV did a great video on SVNHB in the summer of 2010. It can be viewed at WayCam.TV (Wayland Cable)
VIDEO - WINTER CONCERT 2010 - WayCam.TV recorded our winter concert and it is posted on WayCam.TV
ABC clip about New Horizons Orchestra in Mesa, AZ.
NPR article on the New Horizons International Music movement!
On July 1, 2015, Diane was one of three guests on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio call-in program, Maine Calling. The topic of the program was Community Bands in Maine and Adult Musicians. Diane was asked to take part because of being Program Director for the adult band camp, New Horizons at New England Music Camp, in Sidney Maine. The program can be heard at http://news.mpbn.net/post/community-bands
Our Swing Band
FALL 2016 SESSION --
September 7 - December 7, 2016. Our winter concert will be Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Wayland Middle School.
Registration starts on line through the Wayland Recreation Department on August 24. Or you may download a registration form and either send it in to the Rec Department, or bring it to the first rehearsal. If you are a new member, I recommend you try us out for a couple of rehearsals before you sign up. email Diane for more information.
There will be a beginner class, should you be interested in starting an instrument or learning a new instrument (band or orchestra instruments only, sorry, not pianoor guitar). Please contact Diane if you are interested in starting a new instrument.
Wednesday evening rehearsals Intermediate Band and Strings, & beginner band and string classes, at Wayland Middle School. Most people arrive around 6:15; rehearsal begins 6:40.
Band members, the MONDAY DAYTIME BAND REHEARSAL: Mondays, 3:30-5:00 at the Wayland Town Building, in the Tot Room. First session is Monday, September 12, 2016. See the Daytime Band page for more details.*
*Band members may come to either Monday afternoon or Wednesday evening OR BOTH. If you are not a regular at the Monday rehearsals, do check in with Diane to be sure there will be space for you - it is a small room!
The Band and the Strings both had successful and fun summer sessions! Between the two groups, we played 4 concerts for Senior Living Communities and a Summer Outdoor Concert for the town of Wayland, sponsored by the Wayland COA.
*Concerts are not required for our members and there is no pressure to do them. Generally when we go out to play in other venues, we have from 30-40 members who attend.
FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 CONCERT
We had a very successful (and fun!) concert on May 7! Bravo to all! Below is a link to pictures from the concert (A big thanks to Russ Keene!).
RECORDING FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 CONCERT
RECORDING FROM OUR DEC 5, 2015 CONCERT
A small group of us also played as accompaniment for the Community Caroling at First Parish Wayland on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Later, we played carols again, Saturday, Dec 12 as part of the Sudbury Holiday Stroll (Shop Locally) at the Rugged Bear Plaza on Route 20. We played for the shoppers, the passing cars and played when Santa arrived!
OTHER RECENT EVENTS
We have had two or three Soirée Musicale evenings each year, since we started having these events in 2014. The very popular Soirées are a time for our members to show off what they've been working on--solo or ensemble--in a safe and supportive environment. Each Soirée has had sharing by our beginners & novice players as well as our intermediate and more advanced players, playing a wide variety of musical styles.
We transform the the Large Hearing Room at the Wayland Town Building into quite a nice venue with small tables, white table clothes, candles and refreshments. After our first Soirée, participants reported that the atmosphere was supportive and that they loved taking part and they requested that we do more than one per year!
Below are pix from the first Soirée Musicale.
Playing at Assisted Living Facilities and such is so rewarding; the audience is really appreciative. Follow the link for some of our wonderful moments. (Members, send me others)
New England Adult Music Camp
Many of our members are attending this year's week at New England Adult Music Camp. We have a full camp for this year, but if you are considering joining us next year's session, go to the website and sign up for email informaion. Questions? Call or email Diane
What? No clue what those little black marks are on the paper?
Quote of the day:
"There is no backspace key in music." Dean Tuba
So true! Talk about in the moment! Do you worry about your job or anything else while playing??
Great article from the NYT about conducting and what is going on as we wave our arms around. Be sure to look at the video, too. Fascinating use of technology!
I've posted an theory explanation of the "C, E & G walk into a bar..." joke. Go to the Musings page.
I've added a "Musings" section to our website. I'm starting with that "Good Word", Opsimath. But, anyone else who has a musing of some sort that might be interesting to others in our group of opsimaths, is welcome to submit it.