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Over 40 people attended the monthly meeting of the New Horizon’s on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre.  Guests for the occasion were the Swing Band of Grand River New Horizons Music.  New Horizons, NHIMA, is an international music association with 189 registered groups with most in North America, but some in Italy and Australia.  There are 16 in Ontario, with local groups in Waterloo, Guelph and Burlington.  Grand River New Horizons has, at this point, five different music groups: the Swing Band which plays swing and jazz music from the 40s as well as other dance tunes, the 1914 band which plays music popular at the beginning of World War I, the Parquet Players (show tunes, pop tunes from the 70’s), the Beginner Band (those starting out), and the Concert Band.  The Swing Band performs up to 10 concerts in a year and we were pleased to have them play for us.

Playing music from the Big Band Era, the Swing Band is normally an ensemble of 16 musicians, including saxes, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass and drums. A flugelhorn was used in the band’s arrangement of the song Summertime, instead of a trumpet, as its conical bore gives the instrument a much mellower sound. The different types of music were explained before the group played – boogie woogie, swing, bossa nova, samba, rock and blues. The last piece, often called a “chaser” in the old days to get people to go home from the dance, sometimes at 4 in the morning, was a polka medley.

The next and final meeting will be on Thursday, May 10th at the Maryhill Heritage Community centre from 10 – 11:30 a.m.  Admission is $2.00.  Guest speaker will be Noah Irvine, Youth Advocate for Mental Health and his topic will be Resilience in the Wake of Mental Health.  For more information please contact Joan Haid (519) 648-2742 or by email at jehaid@netflash.net

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