Alumni who live in or near Norman might consider the New Horizons Band at OU, which rehearses in our very own Band Room, as a way to stay in practice. It was profiled in Monday’s Oklahoman:
The band is open to anyone, including people who have never played an instrument and those who haven’t played since junior high or high school. And there is no need to worry about a dreadful audition. There isn’t one.
Michael Raiber, assistant professor of music education at the University of Oklahoma, coordinates the program.
[…]Most of the New Horizons Band members are ages 50 to 85. The OU music education students who teach them are age 21.
Raiber said the matchup is an interesting, successful sociological arrangement that is beneficial to both groups. The band is an outlet for senior players and offers an opportunity for young OU students who plan to teach junior high and high school band.
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