Longtime music teacher John Webster knows that one is never too old to learn to play a band instrument.
That’s why Webster, with the help of Southwestern Oregon Community College, has launched the New Horizons Band project. It will offer adults a chance to play concert band instruments such as clarinet, saxophone, oboe and flute. The band will not include string instruments.
“It’s all about coming together and having fun; it’s more of a social gathering than a class,” Webster said.
He said the program is geared toward beginners and those who were once active in school music programs but have been inactive for years.
“It’s an entry level group, with focus on those with little or no experience,” he said.
Those with some experience and those who learn quickly would likely be placed in a group separate from the beginners.
The fee for the program has yet to be determined, and no college credit is offered. In addition to the fee, students must provide their own instrument and purchase a music lesson book.
People interested in the program are encouraged to join Webster for an information meeting at 7 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Azalea Middle School music room, 505 Pacific Ave, Brookings.
Webster is an instructor at the college and the music teacher at Azalea Middle School. He also serves as director for the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra and is a board member of Stagelights Musical Arts Community. He plays French horn.
Webster has a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and a Master of Fine Arts in music education. He was involved with the New Horizons music program in Fresno, Calif., prior to relocating to Brookings.
New Horizons is a nationwide non-profit organization that provides entry-level music programs for adults with no experience or who wish to relearn how to play an instrument. People can learn more about New Horizon’s during the Sept. 11 meeting.
Webster will be assisted by Brookings resident Pat Foht, a lifelong musician and educator. She has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, San Jose in flute and viola performance. She plays with the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra.