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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 2020 Rehearsal Schedule

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all CNHB activities are either online or cancelled until further notice. There are NO sanctioned, in-person, CNHB activities including any use of university facilities or equipment.

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

Download Fall Rehearsal Schedule here.

Mondays, 11:00 –12 a.m.

lute Loops – Meets in Zoom - Roya Farzaneh, director

Mondays, 5:30–6:45 p.m.

All monday activities meet initially in the primary zoom meeting room. This link will be emailed to all registering members. Note that these groups will use Zoom and SmartMusic.

Advanced Band - ZOOM - Lauren Meccia and Amanda Schlegel, director 
Intermediate Band - ZOOM - Christian Folk, director
Beginner Band - ZOOM - Ray Dunovant and Derrick Snead, directors

Mondays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Beginner Jazz Band - ZOOM - Ray Dunovant, director
Crescent Moon Jazz Band - ZOOM - Lauren Meccia, director

Clarinet Ensemble – Ray Dunovant, instructor (Contact Ray for more information about scheduling. Will be meeting in Zoom)
Dixieland Codgers – will begin meeting again once in-person rehearsals resume on campus.


Junior Varsity Combo (6:30–7:30 p.m.) Zoom – John Valerio, director 
Varsity Combo (7:40–8:40 p.m.) Zoom – John Valerio, director
Registered members will receive a Zoom link to each class.

Recorder Concerts – Jean Hein, director
All rehearsals and lesson meet in Zoom. Jean will send a Zoom link to all registered members.
3:00–4:00 p.m. - Soprano Recorders (Advanced beginner level)
4:30–5:30 p.m. - Advanced Alto recorders
6:30–7:30 p.m. -  Alto recorders (Advanced beginner level)

Anyone wanting to start as a beginning recorder player should contact Jean Hein directly at for scheduling.

Fall 2020 First Rehearsals and Concert Dates

Concert and Jazz Band meet beginning Monday, August 31 
Flute Loops meet beginning Monday, August 31 
Clarinet Ensemble meet beginning TBA
Junior Varsity and Varsity Jazz Improv Combos meet beginning Thursday, September 3 
Recorder Consorts meet beginning Thursday, September 3 

Fall classes: Music Theory, Jazz Appreciation and Community Psychology of Music will meet based on interest and instructor/member availability.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Concert will be streamed live to our Facebook page.

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.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.