Music in the City Park Bandshell in Valley City on Wednesday, June 19, will feature the FM Golden Notes New Horizons Band from Fargo-Moorhead. They will begin playing at 7:15 p.m. Several from the surrounding area is part of this group. People are encouraged to come early and enjoy tacos in a bag, provided and served by Taco Johns starting at 6:45 p.m.
The New Horizons Bands organization was first organized in 2005. Jim Kinlaw was looking for an opportunity to learn to play an instrument and eventually play music with others. A key contact for Kinlaw was meeting Dr. Michael Thrasher at church. Thrasher was part of the music staff at North Dakota State University. Kinlaw asked him if he could teach him to play music. He agreed. Thrasher recommended the alto sax as an instrument and started his lessons. After about a year, Thrasher thought it was time for Kinlaw to play with other musicians. He introduced Kinlaw to an organization called the "New Horizons Bands," whose purpose is to allow former musicians who hadn't played since high school or college, or even with no experience, to play music together. Shortly other contacts were made. Dr. Ed Christianson, a notable Fargo musician and teacher, directed the fledgling band.
The New Horizons Band in the Fargo- Moorhead area was fostered from the beginning by NDSU by providing the group of older musicians a place to rehearse each week during the school year using its band practice room.
In the years that followed they added and lost members; today they number nearly 30 musicians. All of those in the band consider the band "family," to be about more than just playing music. It is also a rich social connection to others where many have formed friendships.
The FM Golden Notes' motto is "Your best is good enough."
Those attending are asked to bring their family and lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with neighbors and friends. A freewill offering is taken each night for the continued support of the City Park Bandshell. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Foss Music Building on the VCSU Campus, College Street Southwest.
Music in the Park is sponsored by the Valley City Parks & Recreation District, Bridges Arts Council, KOVC, Myron Sommerfeld family, CVB Cass County Electric and BEK .
Anyone with questions may call Diane at 701-845-3294, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.