October 1, 2022

Thiago Lontra

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Music isn’t only for the youngsters: Inside an grownup newbie music program in Toronto

Music isn’t only for the youngsters: Inside an grownup newbie music program in Toronto
The New Horizons Band of Toronto at Band Fest 2019.

  • Music isn’t only for the youngsters: Inside an grownup newbie music program in Toronto
  • Laura Pencer, one of the band's trombone players, left, with bass plyer Gary Christie, middle, and his husband euphonium player Bill Whitbread.

A brand new band program aimed toward older adults who’re freshmen in music is beginning in September and contributors and organizers are jazzed to expertise a doubtlessly transformative new dimension of scales and melody.

Run by the New Horizons Band of Toronto (NHBT) — registration being completed by the positioning — the initiative begins Sept. 19 and runs weekly at a devoted rehearsal house at 662 Victoria Park Ave., by Danforth Avenue.

Randy Kligerman, president of the NHBT, in an electronic mail interview mentioned the live performance band is open to adults, with contributors ranging wherever from their late 30s to early 80s. There is no such thing as a-cost (excluding gear that may’t be reused, like mouthpieces), with devices supplied alongside skilled instruction and music alternative.

Aysen Arikan, a 37-year-old Turkish Canadian, has registered for this system, each for the neighborhood side and to discover one thing extra fulfilling.

“I spotted that I’m not doing one thing actually significant, so I began to search for (one thing),” she mentioned.

The camaraderie of this system, which she heard about from her neighbours, was additionally a giant draw.

“We’re immigrants and our mother and father will not be right here, so now we have not a lot individuals round us, so we thought (assembly individuals) can be improbable,” Arikan mentioned.

“I’m fairly insecure with my musical abilities they usually talked about that it’s an inclusive, welcoming neighborhood — don’t fear about your skillset, simply be your self and check out, and other people within the band will respect you being there and attempting with them,” she continued. “That was sufficient for me to resolve to affix.”

Her final dip into music was when she was younger and studying the keyboard and violin, however Arikan was discouraged by the sensation of failure, notably as a consequence of vital lecturers.

However, wanting forward, whereas she’s not sure what instrument she’ll decide, she’s excited to offer all of them a attempt in the course of the NHBT’s Sept. 12 “petting zoo,” the place contributors can be taught extra about devices of curiosity.

“I consider all of us have our personal private needs to be taught and check out various things, be it deep sea diving or designing a brand new laptop sport,” Kligerman wrote. “However as a consequence of time restraints, household commitments, careers or financial issues, we frequently put them within the proverbial ‘bucket’ with little expectation of ever doing them.”

That’s why, he mentioned within the electronic mail, this program was so essential, as a result of it affords a secure house for inexperienced musicians to be taught the craft, irrespective of their age.

He was a type of individuals, becoming a member of the NHBT in 2010 when it began.

“Quick ahead 12 years, I now play in a live performance and jazz band, two flute choirs and oversee a company that has grown from one band of 25 members in 2010 to a band of 150 members unfold throughout eight live performance … and two jazz bands.”

“Whereas I’m certainly realizing my dream of taking part in in a band, it enriched my life in methods I didn’t anticipate, definitely elevating the extent of pleasure and contentment of studying music,” he mentioned.