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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.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House:

Watch the replay of our Spring 21 Open House to learn about the opportunities within the Congaree New Horizons Band program during the Spring 21 semester.

 Spring 2021 Rehearsal Schedule

Download Spring 21 Rehearsal Schedule here.

Pay fees and register online here.


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.


Weekly Schedule

Mondays, 11:00 –12 a.m.

Flute 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 Concert Band - ZOOM -  Amanda Schlegel, director 
Intermediate Concert Band - ZOOM - Christian Folk, director
Beginner Concert 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

Wednesday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Clarinet Ensemble – ZOOM - Ray Dunovant, instructor 

Registered members will receive a Zoom link to each class
(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 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)

Registered members will receive a Zoom link to each class

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

Spring 21 First Rehearsals and Concert Dates

Concert and Jazz Bands meet beginning Monday, January 25th, 2021  
Flute Loops meet beginning TBA 
Clarinet Ensemble meet beginning Wednesday, Janaury 13th, 2021 
Junior Varsity and Varsity Jazz Improv Combos meet beginning January 14th, 2021
Recorder Consorts meet beginning January 14th, 2021

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

Spring Concert 21 - May 4th, 2021 at 7:00PM

Virtual Concert will be streamed live to the School of Music YouTube page and the CNHB Program Facebook page.


Performance Archieve

Click these links to see our previous concerts:
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)


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.

Download membership information here.

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Amanda Schlegel directs the Congaree New Horizons Band.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.