It is Never Too Late to Make Music!
PSST!! You, there!
Do you ever listen to a concert and wish you could play a band or orchestra 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 a band rehearsal on Monday afternoons place at the Wayland Town Building (see the Daytime Rehearsal page for more info).
Download our SVNHM Info packet
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 band rehearsals are at the Wayland Town Building. Email Diane for more info.
LEARNING OTHER INSTRUMENTS
I want to learn piano (guitar, uke, bass guitar, dulcimer...). Sorry, we do not teach anything except string orchestra and concert band instruments. Email Diane and she may be able to help you find a teacher on the other instruments.
MEDIA & AUDIO/VISUAL
RECORDING FROM OUR DEC 3, 2016 CONCERT
Photos of Dec. 3, 2016 Concert:
RECORDING FROM OUR MAY 7, 2016 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.
PAST PHOTOS & VIDEOS
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!)
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 spring concert is just around the corner! Saturday, May 6, 3:00 at theWayland Middle School Auditorium. Concert is free and there are refreshments afterwards. Join us for some afternoon music!
Some members of the band will be traveling to Harwich on April 22 to do a joint concert with the New Horizons Band of Cape Cod, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary year. If you are on the Cape, we play a 2:00 at the old Harwich Middle School, 204 Sisson Rd.
The band summer session will be from June 7 - July 12, with an pre-season rehearsal right after our Post Concert Rehearsal on May 10.
New members are welcome as long as they already play a band instrument.
The band will do rehearsals on June 7 & 14, the Senior Living Communities gigs on the following Wednesdays, except not on July 5 -- instead that week on July 6, we will play at the Wayland Outdoor Concert series behind the town building. The concert is at 7:00 and indoors in case of rain.
The string summer session TBA
We've had so many people who wanted to play on our spring Soirée Musicale that we had to schedule two of them. Follow the link for pictures:
March 18 at First Parish Wayland:
On December 3rd, we had a very successful winter concert!
CELEBRATING OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY!
It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music program. A small committee of members has convened to celebrate this milestone and we have a number of events planned – some just for members and some including our audience as well.
Please circle Saturday April 22 on your calendars and join us as we perform a joint concert with the Cape Cod New Horizons Band, who are also celebrating ten years of making music. We will perform at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and we would love it if you could join us for this special event.
Best wishes for happy holidays and we’re looking forward to our anniversary year!
FALL 2017 SESSION --
September 6 - December 6, 2017. Our winter concert will be Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Wayland Middle School.
Register on-line through the Wayland Recreation Department. 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.
Our next beginner class will be in the fall, should you be interested in starting an instrument or learning a new instrument (band or orchestra instruments only, sorry, not piano nor guitar). Please contact Diane if you are interested in starting a new instrument before then.
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 CLASS: 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!
A small group of us also played as accompaniment for the Community Caroling at First Parish Wayland on Sunday, Dec. 4. Great fun! And Santa arrived at our calling (we played "Santa Claus is Coming to Town")
OTHER RECENT EVENTS
We have had two or three Soirée Musicale performance nights 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)
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.
New England Adult Music Camp
Many of our members attended this year's week at New England Adult Music Camp. Interested in joining us for 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.