The Mouth of Amelia invites you to a New Horizon Band Concert presented by Amelia Arts Academy featuring your friends and neighbors.
WHEN: Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 PM.
WHERE: Amelia Plantation Chapel, Omni Amelia Island Plantation
WHAT: A student, a pastor, a doctor, and a lawyer walk into a room… It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it is a typical Thursday night at Amelia Arts Academy. People from all walks of life join together once a week to play in the New Horizon’s Concert Band. The band, which was formed at Amelia Arts Academy in the summer of 2000, provides a place for instrumentalists of all skill levels to play together and improve their musicianship. The band plays Big Band tunes, marches, swing, holiday music and more.
“When I first started the New Horizon’s Band I didn’t even know how to put together my flute, let alone play it!” says Kate Wiest, founding member of the Arts Academy’s New Horizon’s Band and Board of Directors member. The members of the band span from professionals to beginners like Wiest, and, according to Amelia Arts Academy Director, Pegge Ealum, “That’s what makes it special. The band allows veteran players to share their knowledge, while beginners have a chance to learn. The end result is a band that plays well together and sounds great!”
According to Roy Ernst, founder of the New Horizon’s International Music Association, is to provide an entry point to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period. “The New Horizon’s Program is inclusive, unlike many other music performance programs that are exclusive. There are no auditions – we feel everyone has musical potential that can be developed by their participation in the band,” says Ealum.
WHY: The band also enjoys sharing their love for music with the community. Amelia Arts Academy presents two free concerts yearly that feature the band, in addition to numerous visits to assisted living facilities and community events that include the Downtown Fernandina Beach Fourth of July Festivities.
COST: The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming concerts or joining the band, contact Amelia Arts Academy at (904) 277-1225.