“Playing music from the past keeps us in touch with our history. Daily practice keeps us active in the present, and striving for new goals attaches us to the future.”
Pete Metzger – New Horizons Band of Cincinnati – Director Emeritus
Members hail from Blue Ash, Madeira, Montgomery and Indian Hill, and points as distant as Batavia, Fairfield, Forest Park and North Bend. Many retired from careers ranging the occupational spectrum, from white collar to blue.
Research has demonstrated that active participation in music can help adults remain physically healthy and mentally alert. Members find a band fulfills several needs: the need for challenging intellectual activity, the need to have exciting events to look forward to and the need to be a contributing member of a group. Participants quickly become an important part of the group and establish new friendships.
Our Talented and Diverse Band Members
David is a lifelong Cincinnatian having grown up in Pleasant Ridge. He earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University. In his early working years David turned around several small businesses. Subsequently he bought two Servpro franchise licenses and started his own business. After fifteen years, he sold them at retirement. At the age of five, David began piano lessons and played for six years. In the fifth grade, he started playing the trumpet. At the beginning of the eighth grade his father enabled him to take lessons with Michael Denovcheck of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. David has never looked back—he’s played trumpet his whole life, even playing several trumpet with organ solos in his church. Besides music, he enjoys woodworking, photography and golf. David and his life-partner, Bonnie, are frequent visitors to many of the major National Parks. They also enjoy touring state capital buildings.
Rowena grew up in Bedford, Indiana but moved to Indianapolis to attend nursing school at the Indiana University School of Nursing. After graduation in August 1957, she married and began a nursing career at Long Hospital, working in the surgical recovery room until her children were born. When her youngest child was 5, she began a wonderful adventure acquiring a degree in secondary education, a master’s degree in adult education, and her critical care nursing certification—all this time working in critical care. Always having an interest in music, just before retirement, Rowena joined the newly formed Indianapolis New Horizons Band and learned to play the sax. She then switched to clarinet, and has been enjoying it since. In 2011 she moved to Maineville, Ohio and is now a member of the New Horizons Band of Cincinnati. She writes, “Since retirement, I have been busy with child care, music lessons, and trying desperately to become more proficient on the clarinet.”
Saxophonist Don Monaco joined the NHB of Cincinnati in September, 2017. Don is a longtime New Yorker while his wife Else grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Christ Hospital School of Nursing. The couple have two grown children and four granddaughters. Don plays sax in the New Horizons Concert and Dixieland Bands, the Dixieland Domes and the Jump ‘n Jive Swing Band. He also played clarinet in the Sycamore Community Band. In New York, his musical career included clarinet performance in the Long Island Symphony, the New York Borough Community College Concert Band, Nassau College and Queensboro College concert bands. Previously, Don worked as a psychological consultant and counselor, management and executive coach, and rehabilitation specialist.
Nancy began her musical career at age six with piano lessons adding the alto saxophone and oboe in late elementary school. As a music major at Ohio State University, Nancy studied with William Baker, former principal oboist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra and while at Ohio State University was inducted into National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at the Ohio State University and spent the next twelve years teaching elementary general and instrumental music in the Ohio public schools. In 1990 Nancy completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University. After working as a registered nurse Nancy expanded her horizons and spent nineteen years with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) as a Clinical Research Associate monitoring pharmaceutical trials. Nancy reconnected with her musical past in 2009 playing oboe with the Tri-State Chamber Players until 2013. Nancy has recently retired from BMS and now enjoys swimming with the Anderson Barracudas Swim Team and playing oboe with the West Chester Symphony Orchestra and the New Horizons Band.
Don Bedwell, a veteran of the First Marine Division Band, now plays trumpet for both the NHB concert and Dixieland bands. Don and his wife Elaine retired to Madeira, Ohio in 1998 from Texas to be closer to a daughter and two granddaughters. Don and Elaine moved from Dallas/Fort Worth, where Don published American Airlines’ newspaper. After moving here he wrote a 300-page pictorial history of the world’s largest airline, “Silverbird: The American Airlines Story.” That project completed, he joined the Greater Cincinnati Chamber to handle its publications. With a background including 20 years writing and editing for the Miami (Fla.) Herald and Charlotte (NC) Observer, he still contributes to aviation, history and Marine Corps publications.
Geoff Raine has played in the New Horizons Band for eight months, after a 27 year break from music. He retired in 2014 from a mental health agency, where he worked for 25 years. Geoff attended CCM, where he met his wife, Cheryl, a Music Education classmate. It was actually at her urging to purchase a saxophone on the eve of their 46th anniversary that led to his return to music. Geoff played in dance and rock bands from the age of 15 and taught saxophone, clarinet and flute at Buddy Rodger’s, as well as a few area high and junior schools. Geoff is thrilled to be playing again and is grateful for the opportunity provided by the New Horizons Band. He also enjoys playing in the Wyoming Civic Wind Ensemble.
We Have Three Conductors
Schirmer, of Fairfield has more than 30 years experience in public schools, including 27 years in the Lakota district. Her career includes teaching elementary through high school students. She has played clarinet with the Southwest Ohio Symphonic Band, Seven Hills Sinfonietta and Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. A founder of the West Chester Symphony 20 years ago, she has been its conductor ever since. She has conducted both student and faculty musicals at Lakota High, as well as musicals for other groups and churches.
Conway, of Colerain Twp,. has been professionally involved in music education for 33 years, having served as band director at Moeller High School in Cincinnati and Badin High in Hamilton. He retired from the Lakota School District, where he served as a sixth grade band teacher and taught jazz band, choir and other music courses.
Knapp, of North Bend, counts more than 40 years as music educator at secondary schools, colleges and military bands. He is a graduate of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music and the U.S. Army’s advanced courses. He led the UC summer band for three years and annually conducts the Cincinnati Tuba Christmas program. He plays tuba with the 275 Brass and is principal tubist with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra.
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