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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.

Portions of the summer activities of the Congaree New Horizons Band program will remain active through remote learning and virtual rehearsals and lessons.

Email director of the program, Amanda Schlegel, for more information.


New Horizons Band Summer 2020 Offerings

Rehearsals and classes begin June 1 and run through August 6. Classes and rehearsals will function through Zoom and other technologies.

CNHB Concert and Jazz Bands

Mondays (Beginning June 1, 2020)
CNHB Concert Band: 5:30–6:45 p.m.
Crescent Moon Jazz Band: 7:00­–8:00 p.m.
Questions? Email Mandi Schlegel or Lauren Meccia

CSRA Concert and Jazz Bands

Wednesdays (Beginning June 3, 2020)
CSRA Concert Band: 6:00–7:00 p.m.
CSRA Jazz Band: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Questions? Email Lauren Meccia laurenm@usca.edu  or Mandi Schlegel

Jazz Combos

Thursdays (Beginning June 4, 2020)
JV Combo: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Varsity Combo: 7:40–8:40 p.m.
Questions? Email John Valerio

Donations are accepted for concert and jazz band instruction for Summer 2020. Please pay here.

Recorder Consorts

Wednesdays and Thursdays (Beginning June 3 and June 4, 2020)
June 3, 10, 17, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Soprano and Tenor Recorders: Wednesdays 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Advanced Alto Recorders

Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m.
June 4, 11, 18, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Alto and Bass Recorders

Thursdays 6:30–7:30 p.m.
June 4, 11, 18, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Summer recorder instruction: $80
Email Jean Hein with questions.

CNHB Summer 2020 rehearsal schedule.

Pay fees and register onlne here.


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 is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association, an organization that encourages seniors to learn and make music with friends. New Horizons has approximately 220 bands worldwide.

Download membership information here.

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Amanda Schlegel directs the Congaree New Horizons Band.


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