Beginner’s band class starting this fall ~ call conductor Kim Barlow
UTTERSON — Ever wanted to join a band — play an instrument? Perform in public? Or just have fun — and keep your memory sharp?
In 2006, Kim Barlow — a gifted, all-round musician and teacher in Port Sydney — started teaching a beginning band class for adults with Kathy Kilbourne, a former high school music teacher in Gravenhurst.
Kilbourne was conducting the Muskoka Concert Band, which Barlow and her husband Neil later took over and now run, along with the Gravenhurst Bifocals (who play the Barge this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Gravenhurst at Gull Lake Rotary Park).
Kilbourne and Barlow had about 20 students, some who had never played an instrument and some who had played piano or a different band instrument.
This band class is still going strong, says Barlow, who now runs it alone, with many new faces coming through our doors.
It’s now called the Kingfisher Cottage Band.
Many former students now play in other local concert bands: The Muskoka Concert Band, the Gravenhurst Bifocals Band and the Huntsville Community Band.
Barlow’s goal is to provide the opportunity for “anyone who has the desire to learn, to play a band instrument, regardless of their age or experience.”
Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument is one of the best activities for continued good health and mental acuity, she says. “In a musical group, players have the satisfaction of teamwork, a sense of purpose with the benefits of social interaction. Mostly, making music is fun!”
The Kingfisher Cottage Band is now an intermediate level band, but Barlow is starting a new “beginning level” band in September.
“I’m inviting anyone who wants to learn an instrument (or anyone who has played before and wants to start up again) to come out and join in the fun.”
She says, “starting in September, we’ll meet at the StephensonTownship (community) Hall in Utterson on Monday afternoons for an hour from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Call Barlow this summer at 705-789-8860 to get signed up. And if you need an instrument she can help you arrange that, too. She’s “looking forward to having you with us.”
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