Never too late to chase musical dreams
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 firstname.lastname@example.org