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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.

Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, UofSC has cancelled, adapted to online, or rescheduled public events, performances, in-person classes, labs and camps through August 1.


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

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

Cost

$160 per semester for beginning concert band (includes method book and 10, 30-minute private lessons scheduled at your convenience)
$110 per semester for concert/jazz; with participation in the jazz band an additional $40/semester. ($150 for concert and jazz band)
$160 per semester for Jazz Improvisation Combos
$130 per semester for Recorder consorts

Fees do not include instrument rental or purchase but do include music and materials used in classes.

Pay fees and register onlne here.

Download membership information here.


Spring 2020 Rehearsal Schedule

Download the rehearsal schedule here.

Mondays, 10:00–11:15 a.m.
Flute Loops - School of Music, Room 107 - Roya Farzaneh, director

Mondays, 5:30–6:45 p.m.
Advanced Band - String Project big room - Lauren Meccia and Amanda Schlegel, director
Intermediate Band - String Project small room 1 - Christian Folk, director
Beginner Band - String Project small room 2 - Ray Dunovant, director
Mondays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Beginner Jazz Band - String Project small room 1 - Ray Dunovant, director
Crescent Moon Jazz Band - String Project big room - Lauren Meccia, director

Wednesdays:
Clarinet ensemble
(5:30–6:30) School of Music, Room 012 – Ray Dunovant, instructor
Dixieland Codgers (6:30–8:00 p.m.) School of Music, Room 012 – Will Smith, coordinator

Thursdays:
Junior Varsity Combo (6:30–7:30 p.m.) School of Music, Room 012 – John Valerio, director
Varsity Combo (7:40–8:40 p.m.) School of Music, Room 012 – John Valerio, director
Recorder Consorts (see times below), School of Music, Room 213 – Jean Hein, director
    Soprano and Tenor Recorder (4:30–6:00)
    Alto and Bass Recorder (5:00–6:30)
    The overlap is the hour of full ensemble, so everyone gets 1.5 hours of playing.
    Advanced Recorder Ensemble
  
(times to be determined depending upon registration)


Spring 2020 First Rehearsals and Concert Dates


**Clarinet Ensemble meet beginning Wednesday, January 15
**Dixieland Codgers meet beginning Wednesday, January 15

**Junior Varsity & Varsity Jazz Improv Combos meet beginning Thursday, January 16
**Flute Loops meet beginning Monday, January 27
**Recorder Consorts meet beginning Thursday, January 30

**Concert and Jazz Band meet beginning Monday, February 3

Monday, January 27, 2020
Congaree New Horizons Band Program OPEN HOUSE!
Come meet all instructors and hear many different groups! Come find out about the program and how music making with others can improve the quality of your life RIGHT NOW!
Returning members meet at 5:30 p.m.
New members join us at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
Concert Bands and Small Ensembles in Concert
School of Music Recital Hall

Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Night
School of Music Recital Hall


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Amanda Schlegel directs the Congaree New Horizons Band.


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