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Bluegrass Bands and Orchestras for beginning to intermediate players

Posted by lewalt on Tuesday, November 20, 2007

        In my bio, I mentioned being the director of the "New Horizons Bluegrass Band" in Spokane, Washington.  In that we have 20 players, it's really an orchestra, comprised of beginning to late-intermediate level banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass players.  

        The band is part of a nation-wide program called "New Horizons", originally designed folks over 55 who either played an instrument earlier in life, or who always wanted to learn but somehow never got around to it.  To my knowledge, we're the only Bluegrass band in the program.   The main focus is on helping musicians with little or no experience playing with other musicians before an audience, and along the way, they learn more about theory and mechanics.

         With all that in mind, I have a question.  Are there other similar groups or programs out there, and if so, would you be interested in sharing teaching methods, arrangements, ideas, etc?

Harold Streeter



1 comment on “Bluegrass Bands and Orchestras for beginning to intermediate players”

lewalt Says:
Sunday, November 25, 2007 @1:54:45 AM

Don't know how to go back and edit a post, but forgot to say that age restrictions for the New Horizons' program mentioned above have been relaxed.  The criteria is: 1) do you want to play? 2)do you still fog over a mirror?



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