Every week, mornings at Temple Beth Or are bursting with the sounds of trumpets, horns and clarinets.
Participants from as far as Cincinnati and Troy come to Temple Beth Or to play instruments in the New Horizons Band, a band program through the University of Dayton where music students teach citizens ages 55-90 how to play varieties of music.
“I had often thought of getting back to playing music but I didn’t have any chance, motivation or opportunity,” said Philip Aaron, a participant in the concert band.
New Horizons Music is a national organization with more than 200 members and about 70 in the UD chapter, which is directed by Dr. Linda Hartley in the music education department.
“A unique thing about the Dayton New Horizons Band is its relationship with Hartley’s music students,” said Aaron. “They have an opportunity to learn how to direct by helping to direct the New Horizons Band.”
“I want my students to receive hands-on experience,” Hartley said in agreement. She hopes the program will continue to grow so they can offer more learning options for older adults.
However, Aaron said the band isn’t all teaching and learning; it’s also a great way to socialize and meet new people.
“One of our core values is to have fun,” said Aaron. “It’s a great way to get together with other people and play music.”
Both Aaron and Hartley invite the UD community and Dayton community members to come out and see the bands play Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at Temple Beth Or for “An Informance,” which Hartley said is a combination of information and performance.
Hartley said the program is always looking for new members to fill spots in the concert band, jazz band and German polka band.
“It’s unique to the University of Dayton and seems to fit our mission of our students learning then leading,” she said.