GRUNDY CENTER There will be more music in the air again at this year's festival thanks to University of Northern Iowa's New Horizons Band. The group will perform the free concert on Saturday morning, July 12 in the Grundy Center High School Auditorium at 10:00 a.m.
Their musical performance will feature Broadway and swing music, a medley of favorite folk tunes, and several marches. Six area musicians are among the performers. They are Gordon Bloxham, trumpet; Pam Doak, saxophone; Margaret Ehrig, flute; Judy Fernow, tuba; Carol Gordon, clarinet and Lois Hartman, trumpet. 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 12 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 Bluedorn 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 musicians are pleased and excited about the opportunity to again showcase the band to the Grundy County area. Admission is free.