New Horizons Band has a variety of ensembles. These are self-led groups that organize their own rehearsals, secure their own music, and schedule their own performances. Current ensembles include the Polka Dots, Post Horns, Tempered Brass, Old Post Office Brass Quintet, Three for All, and Jazzy Flutes. The Silver Swing Jazz Ensemble is generally led by a UI music education student who will organize rehearsals.
Jazzy Flutes and Friends
Jazzy Flutes and Friends -- six flutes, string bass and piano -- plays jazz music mainly from the 40’s and 50’s. Our gigs include assisted-living housing, adult daycare, hospitals and weddings. Give us a call; we love to play. Contact: Jan Nelson – 319-688-0030.
Old Post Office Brass
The Old Post Office Brass began as a trio (trumpet, horn, and tuba) in late 1997. During 1998, it was briefly a quartet (added a trombone). By the end of the year it had become a traditional brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba), taking the name "Old Post Office Brass" which reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office. In 2003, OPOB was invited to play at the AARP National Convention in Chicago. The group performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for a variety of audiences in different venues. Contact: Steve Schomberg -- 319-541-2290
Polka Dots was the first small group formed from members of the New Horizons Band. They debuted in the summer of 1996 with just 5 members. Polka Dots is a bit larger now (6-10 members) and has performed over 400 times at many locations in Iowa City and the surrounding area. As the name suggests, the music from this popular group always includes polkas, waltzes and a march or two. Contact: Glo Berry -- 319-337-5008
Post Horns is one of the more recent small groups and is comprised of the 6-member horn section of the New Horizons Band. The origin of the name, "Post Horns," is two-fold, incorporating their home base (the old Post Office) and the historical role of the "post horn" player riding the "post wagon" to announce the delivery of mail in earlier times. This group performs regularly in the area for diverse groups. Their play list always includes some old favorites where audience participation is encouraged. Contact: Glo Berry -- 319-337-5008
This 18-20 piece ensemble enjoys playing "Big Band" music. With the recent revival of music from the 1940's, this group has become popular with the younger set as well as the "silver seniors" from that era. The band plays regularly at the Iowa City Jazz Fest and always draws a big crowd. Additionally, starting in 2006, Silver Swing hosted "Generations of Jazz," an annual event where they share the stage at CCPA (Coralville Center for the Preforming Arts) with area high school jazz bands. Contact for Silver Swing is Jerry Musser at 319-351-8402
The Tempered Brass is a quartet comprised of two trombones, euphonium and tuba. Unfortunately these instruments are “temperamental” and refuse to perform by themselves. Consequently they are accompanied by four “well-tempered” individuals who are set on having fun while providing their listeners with a bit of entertainment. Tempered Brass performs an incredible variety of musical styles from classics to jazz, along with some dialog that will make the entire process thoroughly enjoyable. Contact: Chuck Kreeb -- 319-351-1455
Three for All
“Three for All”—a New Horizons Band sub-group that consists of Jan Nelson, flute; Jon Cryer, double-bass; and Dick Caplan, piano—performs jazz-style arrangements from the great American songbook, as well as their own transcriptions of easy-listening classics of many sorts. Contact person—Jan Nelson – 319-688-0030.
Instrumental groups led by student directors meet at 8:30 A.M. on the days of rehearsal. Current groups include brass, clarinets, flutes, percussion, saxophones, and double-reeds.