Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
I grew up in southern Wisconsin where my father was the "bandleader" for over forty years. I found ways for my parents to stop my violin playing and they switched me to cornet. My first instrument was not a b flat instrument (a donation which is all we could afford) so I had to adjust the tuning slide to get as close to a b flat instrument as I could. I learned to hate marching band but developed a love for concert band. I was promoted to first chair Fluegle horn in a section of one where I had a small solo in Handel's Royal Fireworks and was hooked. I worked in hospitals from the time I was sixteen and that paid for my college education, graduating from The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with a degree in Economics. I spent the rest of my career working in procurement and contracting most of which was at The Genesee Hospital but retired from Rochester General in 2005. I have always been a music lover and wanted to play again ( I hadn't played since High School) and read about New Horizons in the local papers. I joined in 2007 and remember at an early rehearsal pinching myself to see if I was really playing in a concert band, not imagining that would ever happen again. My late wife Anjel and I raised and educated four children one of who still lives in the area. I have four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
I love playing in New Horizons, sailing my boat on Lake Ontario, doing church music and other church related work, volunteering at a hospice and tutoring K and first graders at school nine in Rochester.