The local New Horizons Band of Northern New York began September 2009 at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. A clinic for some members is held for one hour a week followed by two hours of band practice under the baton of Ronald Berry. The Swing Band meets during the clinic hour. The band presently has 50+ members and is continuing to grow. New members are accepted at any time throughout the year.The New Horizons Band of Northern New York has performed at Partridge Knoll Retirement Center, the Potsdam Summer Festival, SOAR Luncheons, the Akwesasne Senior Center, the Norwood Parade, the Norwood Village Green Concert Series, the Malone Day Habilitation Facility, with the 7th/8th grade band at Canton Central School District and is part of the Colton Riverside Gazebo Performance Series Grant.
There are several different levels of performance. A member development band, clinic, concert band, and swing band. Member development is designed for beginners. Under Diane Matthie's direction members learn to play their instrument and read music. Clinic is a group that gets together with Diane to review scales, rhythms and go over parts of the band music that may be more difficult. Full band is under the direction of Ron Berry, playing anything from marches to Broadway/Movie/Film themes and other band compositions. Swing band, under the direction of Theresa Witmer plays jazz and swing music. When Crane School of Music is not in session (between semesters, holidays, summer) the New Horizons Band rehearses Thursday mornings instead of Friday.
Rehearsals are generally held at the Crane School of Music. Check Upcoming Events for specific times and places.
Yearly membership starts at the beginning of June. Membership is $90 per year. A reduced membership is available for new members joining midyear.
Board of Directors
President: Mark Josephs (2019-2021)
Treasurer: George Cox (2019-2021)
Secretary: Eileen Raymond (2018-2020)
At Large: Natalia Stahl (2019-2021)
Music Director: Ron Berry (2013-2020)
Associate Conductor: Diane Matthie
Associate Conductor: Theresa Witmer
Associate Conductor: Paul Buell