Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
As far back as I can remember there was music in the Hauk homestead, tucked away in a quaint village near the Baltic Sea in Germany. Father bought our first piano during the uncertain days of WW II.
As by divine providence, a young lady,an unemployed music teacher from the nearby city visited our farm one day to obtain produce without cost. She did not go away empty-handed, and I had my first piano lesson. After a series of fixed visits and lessons with Fraulein
Deutsch, it was I who pedaled weekly eight Km to the city,come rain come shine.
I also taught myself to play the accordion, going on tour with a local folk-dance group to seaside resorts, where we entertained vacationers. Beside playing the accordion, I was the group's photographer, developing my own black-and-white prints.
About that time a deacon from the city organized a brass choir in our village. That was my exposure to the euphonium. I learned to love that instrument, but did not have a chance to play again until decades later. After I retired from Harris/RF Communication's Product Design Engineering, a friend,Paul Klett, lent me his instrument one Summer. He also talked about a certain old-timer New Horizons Band. Would I be interested in checking it out? I did.
The rest is history.
Playing in the Symphonic Band is both challenging and rewarding; doubly so being a member of the tuba/euphonium ensemble Brasso Profundo. I hope to continue my music-making as long as I can carry the instrument, which, it seems, gains more and more weight before each new season.