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It's time to strike up the community band

Posted: September 5, 2017

It's Time to Strike up the Community Band

If you've been staring at your old trombone and longing to play again, or if your tuba is calling out to you, don't ignore it - - you now have a chance to get the band together again.
Matthew Careless, band instructor at Robert Andrews School, is starting an East St. Paul community band.
Careless said the parents of his students set the tone for the group.
"I hear from all the band parents from the band program at Robert Andrews, and you know, their kids are in band and they're always saying 'oh I used to play an instrument back in high school and I kinda miss it'," Careless said.
"So it's meant for people that used to play, at any level, and want a fun, easy going opportunity to get back into playing."
Careless has been spreading the word through Facebook and has a "handful" of people already signed on.
He said they'll be playing concert band music, and the level of music they'll tackle will be determined once they all get together.
"It depends who walks through the door," he said, noting he'll have a variety of music ready to go, from beginner to more advanced.
He said the goal is to have a good time around music again.  Some may want to use this as a tune up to move on to bigger and better things, while others might be content to play in the community band and just have some fun.
Careless said he'll be the facilitator/conductor and the band starts meeting Sept. 12 from 7-8:30 pm in the Robert Andrews School band room.
For more information, contact Careless at mcareless@retsd.mb.ca


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