MEET OUR MEMBERS – New Horizons Concert Band

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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David Bowers, trombone

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David Bowers played trombone from seventh grade all the way through high school and, at the urging of his trombone teacher, entered the School of Music at The Ohio State University. Working his way through the music education curriculum on trombone/baritone, David met his future wife and current New Horizons Band director Sally – something he describes as the best part of his collegiate experience – before completing his degree in music education. David taught music for two years in the public schools of Ohio before returning to OSU to study law and starting a career in corporate law. After her appointment as the director of the New Horizons Band at the Community Music Division, Sally convinced David to begin playing again after many years of relative inactivity. “I am glad that I did,” David explained, “it's been a very enjoyable experience.”

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Dave Carr, alto sax

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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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Patrick Durkin, trumpet


Sally Etz, flute


Diane Fronko, trumpet

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There was always music playing in the house when Diane was growing up. Her father was a trumpet player who had learned by ear and his friends would often come over to practice together. After Diane's father passed away 13 years ago, she began to realize that she missed the sound of the trumpet even if it wasn't her father's polka music. Taking his old trumpet, Diane started lessons five years ago. At first she was unable to even make a sound, but soon she could play a few notes and then a few songs. With the encouragement of her teacher, Diane joined New Horizons and played in an ensemble for the first time in her life. Now that her cats don't mind her practicing, Diane has found music as a means to lift the spirits and thank her father for sharing his love of music.

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Maryon Gray, clarinet

 

Betty Jensen, flute

 

Barry Levin, tenor saxophone


 

Thelbert McNeely, tenor saxophone



Gayle Morse, flute

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On Gayle's 50th birthday, her husband surprised her with a flute. Their son and daughter had been taking piano lessons and as she heard them each day, Gayle noticed them getting better and remembering how much she had loved playing in high school band and orchestra. After 30 years away from her instrument, Gayle decided to join the Flute Ensemble and then the New Horizons Band. Amazed by how little time it takes for new people to start or change instruments before fitting in, Gayle looks forward to all of the rehearsals and concerts throughout the season. Gayle, when she is not playing flute, works in marketing and communications.

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Mark Russo, tenor saxophone

Alison Ryan, oboe

 

Margaret Schmid, flute

Kierstyn Schwartz, clarinet

 

Joan Steggeman, clarinet

 

Tom Stinchcomb, flute

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Tom is a retired DePaul physics professor. He learned music in grade school taking piano lessons and switched to flute in high school in order to play in the band. His teacher was Paul Koepke, who at that time was a college student in the same town. Paul later on became a well-known flute professor and composer. After college, Tom had little time for the flute. However, when Tom's youngest son, Dan, began to take flute lessons from Russell Johnson of the Chicago Symphony, Tom and Dan found lots of fun playing flute duets. THey occasionally still do four decades later. Tom found out about CMD New Horizons Band from David Baker since both played in the St. Paul's UCC church orchestra. Tom as thoroughly enjoyed playing in the CMD-NH Band and Flute Ensemble for three years and looks forward to continuing as long as his 88-year-old ears, embouchure, and lungs will allow.

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Rob 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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Nancy TenHoor, clarinet