MEET OUR MEMBERS – Jazz Ensemble

David Baker, trumpet

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David is a university administrator and one of the original members of the CMD New Horizons Band. Starting his musical career as a trumpet player, David also played the trombone and baritone in middle school. Now, after twenty years of inactivity, David is once again playing trumpet and sharing in his family's love of music making. “After spending the last twenty years going to recitals and watching my children perform, it is a special pleasure for me to take the stage myself, making music and getting to know people from so many walks of life,“ David said. ”We have a musical household, but I was always the designated listener. I feel that I'm playing better than I did as a kid, and I love the challenge of deciphering the rhythms and making the right sounds under the stress of performance.”

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Patrick Durkin, trumpet

 

Debby Eichten, piano

Mack McNeely, tenor sax

Dave was at a Super Bowl party when one of the guests mentioned that he was playing in a band. It had been 60 years since Dave last played his E-flat alto sax, which he had kept for many years without an opportunity to play, but he got his sax overhauled, resumed playing and now enjoys the camaraderie and music of the New Horizons Band. As proud as Dave is of his accomplishment no one is more supportive than his nieces and nephews who are amazed at their uncle's ability to begin playing again at his age. “They are so proud of me. I could not quit now even if I wanted to. How could I explain it to them?”

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Carol Rosofsky, piano

Joan Steggeman, clarinet

Bob Taugner, trombone

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Having taken a break from playing since his high school days, Bob had been pushing his daughter to learn instrumental music and was surprised when it was suggested that he take up trombone again and play with the New Horizons band. Now in his third year, Bob also plays in DePaul's Dixieland ensemble as well as big band music with another group. After all these years he could not be more pleased to have returned to his musical roots.

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