The New Horizons Concert Band plays the Berger Center
The New Horizons Concert Band of Sonoma County will return to the Berger Center on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., for another entertaining and rousing concert. This concert has become an annual event popular with Oakmont residents.
The local band is a member of a nationwide senior citizens activity started by an experienced musical educator, Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Ernst realized that there were many people who had played in high school and college bands that had a lingering desire to play again. The concept was a good one, and there are now over 150 such bands all over the United States and in Europe. The local unit in Santa Rosa was the second organization in California. It began in 1998 with 12 players and has now grown to 72 members, several of whom live in Oakmont. They are Sugar Carlton, percussion, Dan Derham, trumpet, Jud Goodrich, French horn, Helen Hargrave, oboe, Gene Isaeff, euphonium, Roger Morcomb, percussion, Elmer Swanton, tuba and Marilyn Jackson, librarian.
The band is under the direction of four music teachers: Director Lew Sbrana from Healdsburg, and Associate Directors Sid Gordon from Redwood High School in Marin County, Ray Walker from Santa Rosa schools, and Lew Bishop who also plays the bassoon in the band.
Oakmont residents and their guests are invited to enjoy an afternoon of delightful and entertaining music by accomplished musicians. The band will be playing familiar show tunes, marches and numerous other arrangements. The concert is free, but there will be a free-will offering for those who wish to participate.