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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.

Fall 2021 details 

Register for Fall 21 Ensembles and Classes!

Download membership information here.


Check out the replay of our Fall Open House:

Fall 2021 Rehearsal schedule

Flute Loops: 10:30–11:30 (String Project building )- Contact director, Roya Farzaneh
Concert Bands: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced; Meets at UofSC String Project) - Contact directors: 
    Beginning - Ray Dunovant
    Intermediate - Derrick Snead
    Advanced - Amanda Schlegel

Jazz Band: 7 – 8 p.m. (Beginner and Crescent Moon; Meets at UofSC String Project)

     Beginning - Roy Dunovant

     Crescent Moon - Lauen Meccia

Jam Band : schedule and additional information to be released in October – Will include people of all ages, skill levels, and will member-selected music of all genres. Many instruments will be available for use at rehearsal. Participants will develop skill on multiple instruments.

Ukulele and Guitar instruction will also be available. Contact Roya Farzaneh

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. - Virtual to begin Fall 21; may transition to in person (Will meet in School of Music room 107 when in person) 

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

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. Additional groups are being planned and formed all of the time.

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

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Performance Archieve

Click these links to see our previous concerts:
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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