Peninsula New Horizons Band
Door County, Wisconsin  

Contact: Paula Eggert; Kathy Krauss
Peninsula New Horizons Band
(920)743-7995 home--(920)495-3402 cell phone


Innovative Program to Create ‘New Horizons’ for Beginning Musicians Over 50 Introduced in Sturgeon Bay, WI (October 18, 2012)—The New Horizons Band (NHB) is living proof that, when it comes to learning to play a musical instrument, it truly is “never too late.” Most NHB members, who are at least 50 years old, started taking music lessons only after passing their half-century birthday. Yet the New Horizons Music concept, the result of a groundbreaking music course at the University of Rochester’s (NY) Eastman School of Music, has become a popular performing ensemble in communities across the U.S., enticing amateur musicians ranging in age from their early fifties to mid-eighties. This fall, the program will launch in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 1756 Michigan Street.

To kick off the NHB program, on October 18th, a “Play Day” will be hosted by members of the Peninsula Symphonic Community Band and New Horizon instructors – Paula Eggert and Kathy Krauss. On this day, interested adults will have the opportunity to try out various wind, and percussion instruments under the guidance of the New Horizon Instructors and other local music professionals.

Starting the week of November 5th, the Peninsula New Horizons Band will begin conducting formal music lessons for the NHB members. The lessons will be held weekly: evenings-- at the Sturgeon Bay Middle School band room or during the day at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church- Sturgeon Bay. Cost for the program is $10 per 2-hour session (not including instrument rental). The spring semester will be have 14 sessions. This fall there will be an introductory 4-week session during the month of November.

Paula Eggert, director of the Peninsula Symphonic Community Band, will serve as the NHB’s conductor, and Kathy Krauss and Paula Eggert will serve as instructors. Recent studies have determined that adults over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the population. According to Paula Eggert, NHB programs embrace this burgeoning group of Americans, offering an activity that seniors can easily adapt to fit their needs.

“The NHB program restores intellectual stimulation and opportunity that members had previously relied upon the workplace to provide,” said Paula Eggert. In fact, some holy unions have even been formed. Charley and Rita Rose, both 80 years old, met while performing with the Rochester ensemble, and were recently married.