Never too late to chase mu­si­cal dreams

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

Re­search shows that 70 per cent of adults re­gret never hav­ing learnt to play a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, but you have the chance to buck that trend.

Through its learner group pro­gram, the Mitchell Shire Con­cert Band is of­fer­ing lo­cals the op­por­tu­nity to learn an in­stru­ment, and no prior mu­si­cal knowl­edge or own­er­ship of an in­stru­ment is nec­es­sary.

You’re never too old to learn, and with a new learner group be­gin­ning soon, the MSCB wants you to join in the fun.

The band fea­tures wood­wind (flute, clar­inet, sax­o­phone), brass (trum­pet, French horn, trom­bone, eu­pho­nium, tuba), and per­cus­sion (tim­pani, bells, drums, ef­fects) in­stru­ments, with band mem­bers rang­ing from 10 years of age right through to late 80s.

Nigel Div­ito said it would be great to see more adults in the learner group, even if they had ab­so­lutely no ex­pe­ri­ence with in­stru­ments.

‘‘Ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that chil­dren and adults are equally ef­fec­tive learn­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘The learner group is a great way to get to know other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity as it brings peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds to­gether.

‘‘You not only form great friend­ships but ex­pe­ri­ence great per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion from mak­ing music.’’

Mr Div­ito said there was a lot of read­ily avail­able re­search high­light­ing the nu­mer­ous pos­i­tive ben­e­fits of learn­ing a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, from in­creased in­tel­li­gence to en­hanced mem­ory.

‘‘How­ever, the most im­por­tant thing is that it’s fun and the start of a new, in­ter­est­ing and life­long hobby,’’ he said.

The cost for the learner band lessons is just $5 a per­son, or $10 a fam­ily per week, and a once-off $45 de­posit per fam­ily or per­son is re­quired for the in­stru­ments.

Each learner also needs a

Mak­ing music: Mitchell Shire Con­cert Band has a new learner group be­gin­ning soon and wants as many lo­cals as pos­si­ble to join.

music book, which costs about $20.

The MSCB is also keen to strengthen its trum­pet sec­tion and is look­ing for any­one who can play the in­stru­ment, or any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing it, to get in touch.

The MSCB has been based in the re­gion for more than 50 years and has the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing one of the best con­cert bands of its type in the state.

Eric An­der­sen, re­tired head of the Defence Force School of Music, di­rects the se­nior band and as­sists with the learner pro­gram, which is un­der the di­rec­tion of Sandy Sex­ton.

The MSCB web­site at www.mitchell­shirecon­cert­band.org.au pro­vides fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the band.

An in­for­ma­tion ses­sion for any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the learner pro­gram will be on April 27 at 6 pm in the band hall in Pol­lard St, Sey­mour, just at the turn-off to the Sey­mour Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion phone Pam on 0438 652 724 or e-mail sec­re­tary@mitchell­shirecon­cert­band.org.au

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