Band concert at Berger Center
Saturday April 2017 -
The New Horizons Concert Band of Sonoma County will be returning to the Berger Center on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. for another rousing concert.
The New Horizons Band is a member of a nationwide senior citizens activity started by musical educator Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in New York. Ernst realized the value of music for seniors who had previously played an instrument or wanted to learn to play one, and the value of belonging to a musical organization. There are now over 200 such bands all over the United States, Canada and Europe. The local unit in Santa Rosa was the second organization in California and began in 1998 with 12 players. The Band has grown to 82 members, several of whom live in Oakmont – Dan Derham, trumpet; Jud Goodrich, French horn; Helen Hargrave, oboe; Gene Isaeff, euphonium; Rose West, flute; Ed Kelleher, tenor sax; Roger Morcomb, percussion; and John Ray, trombone.
The band is under the direction of three retired music teachers: Lew Sbrana, director from Healdsburg, and Associate Directors Sid Gordon from Redwood High School in Marin County, and Ray Walker from Santa Rosa. Lew Bishop is also an associate director and plays bassoon in the Band.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the Berger Center for an afternoon of delightful and entertaining music by accomplished musicians. The concert is free, but there will be a free-will offering for those who wish to participate.