GRUNDY CENTER There will be more music in the air at this year's festival thanks to University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band. The group, which is new to this year's festival musical entertainment, will perform the free concert on Saturday morning, July 13 in the Grundy Center High School Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.
Their musical performance will feature a medley of Broadway and swing music, patriotic favorites such as a King march and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Four area musicians are among the performers. They are Carol Gordon, clarinet, Margaret Ehrig, flute, Gordon Bloxham, trumpet and Judy Fernow, tuba. Both Gordon and Bloxham are section leaders. All reside in or near Grundy Center.
The UNI New Horizons Band was formed in 1999, joining a national movement of bands originated by Roy Ernst from the Eastman School of Music (1991). The band serves two types of musicians in the Cedar Valley Community people who played an instrument in a former life (such as high school) and people who currently play a band instrument. Most members are from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, but also travel from surrounding towns. The band always welcomes new players of any level.
There are 16 former band directors with years of experience in the group. The band meets for three terms throughout the school year (fall, spring and summer). It performs a holiday concert in December and a spring concert in May at the Gallagher Bludorn Performing Arts Center. The concerts are extremely popular and well attended.
Diana Blake, a retired band director from Waverly is the group's conductor. She makes every practice entertaining and audiences also sense her personality.
The Felix Grundy New Horizons concert is sponsored by Richelieu Food Processors of Grundy Center. Admission is free.
The musicians are pleased and excited about the opportunity to showcase the band to the Grundy County area.