The Snake River New Horizons Band celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a performance at Cottonwood Cove Retirement Center in Pocatello.
Kerrie Tolman and Casey Emerson were the directors, and the set list included songs such as, "Singing the Blues, "Rockin' Rondeau," "Satin Doll," and "Yakety Sax."
The audience was comprised of Cottonwood Cove residents, family members, and curious on-lookers. The band continues to recruit new members and recently added another clarinet player. They are seeking trumpet players, too.
In April, the band will be performing at the women's prison in Pocatello. As band organizer John Meiners says, "It will be our first captive audience--or is it that the audience will be captivated?"
Snake River New Horizons band is open to people of retirement age who want to get back into music, even if they have never played before. Meiners says, "Most of the members played in high school and dropped out (of band) to take on the job of life. Now they want to get back in where there are no demands from your parents to practice, get ready for a recital, play well, etc."
Roy Ernst, the founder of New Horizons International Music Association says, "Playing your best is good enough." In the past 20 years, that national organization has grown to over 200 bands with 8,500 members.
Visit the band's FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SnakeRiverNewHorizonsMusic
For more information about the national organization go to: http://www.newhorizonsmusic.org/
Photos courtesy of John Meiners