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Congaree New Horizons Band Program

Do you wish you had learned to play an instrument as a youngster? Or maybe you wish you had practiced more? It’s never too late to learn! If you’re age 50 or older, you can learn to play in an instrumental music group at the School of Music. In fact, if you are younger than 50, we still want you to have music mkaing be a part of your life. Come make music with us! It's never too late and your best is good enough! 

Summer 22 details 

Register for Summer 22 Ensembles and Classes!

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Summer 22 Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals and classes begin on the following dates:
Recorder classes - Begins Thursday, June 2nd, 2022  and end July 28th

Jazz Combos - Begins Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 and ends Thursday, August 11th (Summer concert)

Summer Concert Band - Begins Monday, June 13th and ends Thursday, August 11th (Summer concert)

Summer Jazz Band - Begins Monday, June 13th and ends Thursday,, August 11th (Summer concert)
Music Theory Class - Begins Monday, June 13th and ends Monday, August 8th

Music History/Appreciation Class - Begins Monday, June 13th and ends Monday, August 8th 

Clarinet Ensemble - Begins Wednesday, June 15th and ends on Thursday, August 11th (Summer Concert)

Dixieland Codgers - Begins Wednesday, June 15th and ends on Thursday, August 11th (Summer Concert) 

Summer Concert Band: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. (Meets at UofSC String Project; 851 Park Street) - We have only one concert band in the summer but encourage wind players of all skill levels to participate. We play slightly easier music in the summer.
    Summer Concert Band Director - Amanda Schlegel

Summer Jazz Band: 7 – 8 p.m.  (Meets at UofSC String Project; 851 Park Street) - We have only one jazz band in the summer but encourage wind players of all skill levels to participate. ALL INSTRUMENTS ARE WELCOME IN JAZZ BAND! We play slightly easier music in the summer. 

     Summer Band Director - Lauen Meccia

Beginner Music Theory: 4–5 p.m (Meets at UofSC String Project; 851 Park Street) - Learn about the basics of music theory.  We begin with the basics of reading pitches in multiple clefs.  Other topics include scales, intervals, triads, chords, rhythm, modes, and more

      Music Theory class instructor - Ray Dunovant

Music History/Apprecation: 7–8 p.m. (Meets at UofSC String Project; 851 Park Street) - Want to learn more about how music evolved?  We will cover musical periods from Medieval to the present day.  You will learn about the major composers and works from each period.  Plus, there will be topic days that include film music, band music, and women composers.  We will also examine how other elements of culture (education, art, science, literature, etc.) helped to influence music.

    Music History/Appreciation instructor - Ray Dunovant

Virtual participation through Zoom is available.

Clarinet Ensemble: 5:30­ – 6:30 p.m. (Meets in School of Music room 012)  - Director,  Ray Dunovant

Dixieland Codgers: 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Meets in School of Music room 012) - Coordinator, Will Smith

Junior Varsity Combo: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Meets in School of Music room 012)
Varsity Combo: 7:40 – 8:40 p.m. (Meets in School of Music room 012)

Combo director, John Valerio

Recorder Ensembles: 3 – 7:30 p.m. -  In Summer 22, we will offer virtual recorder instruction through Zoom; local SC members who wish to continue meeting in person can do so. This summer, Baroque Recorder online classes for advanced beginners on soprano and alto recorders, along with an advanced class for alto recorder players. 

3:00–4:00 – Soprano Recorder class
4:30–5:30 – Advanced Alto Recorders Class
6:30–7:30– Alto Recorders
Recorder instructor, Jean Hein

Flute Loops - Summer technique sutdy - Contact Laurie Baynard if interested

Free, private VIRTUAL lessons - One of our MME students, Aaron McGarvey, will be avaialble for free private lessons via Zoom during the following times. 

Monday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

These lessons are for wind and string  players who may be interested. While Aaron is a highly-skilled brass specialist, he will be able to help you on any wind and string (orchestral) instrument due to his teaching experiences as a middle and high school band and orchestra director. If interested, complete this form

Register for lessons BEFORE June 13th. 

Membership Information

Members of the Congaree New Horizons Band program come from all walks of life, and no prior musical experience is required to participate. Learn to play and perform a wind or percussion instrument in a group setting and have a lot of fun doing it. Each practice session includes full group rehearsals and small group and individual instruction.

The Congaree New Horizons Band program has grown by leaps and bounds and now includes three concert bands – beginner, intermediate and advanced, two jazz big bands – beginner and advanced, two jazz combos – junior varsity combo and varsity combo, a flute choir, a Dixieland ensemble, recorder ensembles, and a private lessons program. Future plans including adding intergenerational ensembles with area middle and high school students,  percussion ensembles, a jam band, Mariachi/world music ensembles, and more.

UofSC's Congaree New Horizons Band Program is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), an organization that encouraged seniors to learn and make music with friends. New Horizons has approximately 220 bands worldwide. CNHB members are encouraged to join NHIMA.

Download membership information here.

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Performance Archive

Click these links to see our previous concerts:

Spring 22 Concert Performance (May 4th, 2022)
December 21 Concert Perfomrance (December 12, 2021)
Fall 21 Concert Performance (September 27th, 2021) 
Spring 21 Concert Informance (May 4th, 2021)
Fall 20 Concert Informance (December 8th, 2020)
Fall 19 CNHB Night of Jazz (December 12, 2019)
Fall 19 Concert Bands and Chamber Ensembles (December 10, 2019)

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