By Carra Stasney

It’s never too late to learn a musical instrument! At least that’s what Matt Williams believes. He is the founder and conductor of the Tucson New Horizons Band, a musical group that provides an opportunity for older adults to learn and play an instrument in a group setting. All you need is your instrument which can be rented or purchased from one of the local music stores. Members may have no experience at all or have been away from music for many years and looking to begin playing again.

The band rehearses from 3-5pm on Sunday afternoons during the school year at the Fred Fox School of Music on the University of Arizona campus, where Matt is also a teacher. The band prepares for and performs concerts, a wonderful way to show off their new skills. They welcome members of all ages, but most members are near or over the age of 50. “We are thrilled to be able to offer a pathway for adults to learn an instrument in a group setting,” said Matt Williams. In their most recent concert, on May 4th of 2019, they performed separately and side by side with the younger U of A Honors Outreach Band, which is an auditioned band of 6-9th graders. That seems like such a neat way to connect musicians across generations.

The first new member rehearsal for the fall band will be September 29th. Learn more by finding them on Facebook, visiting their website www.tucsonnewhorizons.org or emailing Matt Williams mlwilliams@email.arizona.edu

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