New Horizons groups become well known in the community through performing in many different settings. Some of the main types of performances are:
• Joint concerts with school, community, or university ensembles
• Shopping malls, especially during the holidays
• Open rehearsals (especially good for a first performance)
• State music conferences
• Parades (usually with a truck or pontoon boat)
• Formal concerts
• Summer concerts in the park
• Retirement centers
• Senior centers
• Nursing homes.
Ensemble Participants: $100 monthly for a weekly 2-hour rehearsal
Group Lessons Available: $60 per month for a weekly 45-minute lesson
Participants will receive 10% off regular monthly private lesson rates.
Instruments, music stands, performances, and books are not included.
Registration fee required for all participants: $45 (includes a MC shirt)
About David DeWitt, Director
Education: BS in Music education – Nazareth College of Rochester
MM in Trombone Performance – University at Buffalo
Assorted classes in Theory and Arranging – Eastman School of Music
David DeWitt taught in the Rochester and Buffalo city schools for 35 years and served as lead band director at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. There, he directed a wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and jazz combo, and taught music theory, music history, and brass performance. Under his leadership, BAVPA’s jazz ensemble became the first high school band from Buffalo invited to perform at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. He also served as an adjunct professor at Canisius College in Buffalo where he directed the school’s jazz ensemble. His retirement in 2016 and subsequent move to Sarasota brought new opportunities to perform as a trombone and tuba player. His musical versatility and larger-than-life personality have quickly made him among the most in-demand brass players in the region. He is very excited to be taking on the helm of the Gulf Coast New Horizon’s Band, and looks forward to seeing this unique ensemble develop and grow.