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RCSD: School #22:  Stephen Georger
 Instrumental Music Director
Rochester New Horizon band members have been volunteering at RCSD School #22's instrumental band program.  Stephen Georger, the school's instrumental band teacher has developed an admirable program with his students.  The New Horizons members provide supplementary instruction two days a week for one hour.  We really enjoy working with these fine, talented students.  More on the description and history of the program to come.  
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RCSD: School #22 - Roc New Horizons Side-by-Side Concert: March 20, 2014
Concert Program: (click on the title below to go to the You Tube performance video)
RCSD: School #22 - Visit to Roc NH Rehearsal: April 29, 2014
School #22 Band Members Comment on NH Band Concert at Kodak Hall, May 19, 2014

RCSD: School #22 - Band Concert: June 5, 2014
Concert Program: (click on the title below to go to the You Tube performance video)
School #22 Band with Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Volunteers
RCSD: School #22 - New Horizons Red Band Concert :  October 23, 2014
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"Play it Forward"
D & C Article:  Sunday, November 23, 2014  
Written by Bev Maville-Letter

George Eastman’s philanthropic efforts in Rochester are legendary. His founding of the Eastman School of Music and its sister school, Eastman Community Music School, reflected his passion for music by offering training for musicians from childhood through adulthood.

In 1919, Eastman also provided $15,000 for band and orchestra instruments for Rochester schoolchildren.

Fast forward to 1991, when Eastman’s vision expanded with the founding of New Horizons band by Roy Ernst.

Eastman could not have known how the legacy he left would become a global phenomenon through Ernst and New Horizons. At the same time in Rochester, urban schools were struggling to provide any extra instructional enrichment.

Through an unusual set of circumstances, a connection was made last year with Clinton Bell, principal at Rochester’s School No. 22, who also dreamed that his school would have a band program.

Stephen Georger, a faculty member and general music teacher, recruited a select group of 16 students (good grades required), and by January there were 12 New Horizon mentors who gave an hour a week. After working hard, the fledgling band made its debut at a mini-concert in March, then performed in their spring concert with smiling parents, faculty and mentors proudly looking on in June.


One young musician expressed a desire to audition at Rochester School of the Arts. He had just started studying the sax in January 2014. He worked hard as his mentors helped him prepare an audition piece and two scales. Our young saxophonist passed his audition and has just begun his first year in middle school at the SOTA.

In May, Eastman New Horizons welcomed the new band as guests to our annual spring concert at Eastman Theatre. The children were treated to a limo ride and dinner before the concert, and were recognized in the concert for their hard work and dedication.

“Playing It Forward” is our mantra, picking up on what was started in 1919 with George Eastman’s gift of band instruments to Rochester children and helping renew the music program in the city, where more musical ideas are beginning districtwide.

The children and mentors are all thriving in an atmosphere of deep respect and affection. The School No. 22 program has grown to almost 40 members and more than 20 volunteer mentors.

George Eastman would have been pleased.
RCSD: School #22 & School #42 Visit to Eastman School of Music, Monday, May 18, 2015
The pictures below highlight the visit of the School #22 and #42 instrumental music students to Eastman School of Music.  They were accompanied by their teachers, Ms. Kristina Klodnicki and Stephen Georger.  The tour was conducted by ECMS Directror, Dr. Howard Potter.  After the tour, the students sat in on the dress rehearsal of the ROC New Horizons Band Concert in Kodak Hall.  Lunch was served in Messenginer Hall.  Pizza!  Approximately $1400 was rasied at the concert that evening to support the "Play It Forward" program. 
RCSD School #42 Concert May 2015
Spirit of St. John's Community Award