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New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs

 

...creates vital connections to family, friends, and community.  Our adult-only bands (ages 18+) enrich the lives of our 170 band members through the unique and life-enhancing relationship between music, musician and audience.  

 

Music performance fulfills the need for challenging, intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have exciting events in the future.  The band develops healthy habits and provides life-changing rewards. 

 

We model 'love of music' for our youth and they witness the lifelong enjoyment music can bring.  We encourage our musicians to collaborate with all 'music lovers' of all ages and cultures.

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Amanda Kemp, Symphonic Band Conductor

 

Amanda Kemp is a native of Colorado Springs and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her master's degree from Colorado State University Pueblo, both in music education. Amanda has been teaching instrumental music in Colorado Springs School District 11 for 14 years. Also, during that time, she performed with the Colorado College Concert Band for 6 years and held the principal clarinetist position for 4 years. She currently performs with the Little London Winds and serves as treasurer on their board of directors. Amanda has studied conducting under W. Dale Crockett, Dr. Richard Mayne (UNC) and Dr. Jacob Chi (CSU-P). With a passion for bringing live music to audiences in a fun and engaging way, Amanda brings excitement and energy to each rehearsal. 

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Stephen Rumbold, Concert Band Conductor

 

Stephen is a retired music educator and musician with extensive experience as a performer, conductor, arranger and music educator. During his teaching career in California and Arizona, Stephen taught and directed a wide variety of groups at all levels, ranging from elementary classroom general music, middle school and high school bands, choirs and orchestras, and at the college level as Director of the Windjammers college/community concert band at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, and Assistant Director of the The North Coast Symphony Orchestra.  During those years of teaching, Stephen was also an active performer on the French Horn. 

Tom Fowler, Kicks Jazz Band Conductor
 

Tom Fowler leads the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs Kicks Jazz Band.  Tom also is an applied saxophone instructor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Co-Director of jazz ensembles at Cheyenne Mountain High School.  In addition, he serves in the jazz mentor program sponsored by the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.  

 

Tom retired from the faculty at Wichita State University where he was Associate Director of the School of Music and Director of Jazz Studies.  From 1980 to 2008, Tom was Educational Director of Wichita Jazz Festival Inc.  During the early 1970’s Tom lived in Colorado Springs as a member of the North American Air Defense Command Jazz Ensemble (Norad Commanders), and has since performed with jazz artists Doc Severinson, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Vince DiMartino, Manhattan Transfer, Michel Le Grand and The Four Freshman.  Since moving back to Colorado, Tom has performed with area bands including the Colorado Springs Contemporary Big Band, Swing Connection, Springs City Jazz Band, Bob Montgomery, Little Big Band, Thin Air Big Band, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory Faculty Jazz Quintet.  

Ingri Fowler, Orchestra Conductor

 

Ingri Fowler taught strings in public schools for over 30 years and was one of the directors of The Youth Symphony of Colorado Springs.  She is a professional violinist and plays with many professional ensembles.  Ingri has grown the NHBCOS orchestra program from its infancy and it now has over 25 musicians enjoying her leadership.

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Carla Scott, Preparatory Orchestra


Carla Scott began playing the piano in third grade and oboe in her fourth-grade school band program.  She graduated from Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois and Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. She has done post graduate oboe studies with David T. Abosch of the Denver Symphony and Liviu Varcol of the Frankfurt Radio Philharmonic. Carla has also studied at Colorado College and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She played principal oboe with the Pueblo Symphony for 33 years and is a Past-President of the Pueblo Symphony. Currently, Carla is the principal oboist of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and Past-President of the Executive Board of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic. She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the principal oboist of the Siemens Orchestra in Erlangen, Germany, a soloist with and member of the Pueblo Symphony, the Mozart Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Pueblo Municipal Band, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and the Bach Concert Series at First Christian Church.  She has also played viola with the New Horizons Orchestral Strings and the Pikes Peak Philharmonic. In addition, Carla is a free-lance musician and private instructor.  She retired from the Colorado Springs Harrison School District 2 after 31 years teaching elementary general music and band. Carla taught elementary orchestra in Colorado Springs School District 11 for 14 years, middle school orchestra for Colorado Springs School District 20 and is currently teaching Upper Elementary Strings at the Vanguard School. Music is her love and her passion.

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Robert Dunn, Purple Mountain Clarinets

 

Clarinetist Robert Dunn is a graduate of both Colorado State and Wichita State Universities. He has been performing on clarinet and other woodwinds for over 45 years including a three-year stint in the North American Air Defense Command Band (NORAD) and many years in the Colorado Springs Symphony, Colorado Springs Opera Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Chorale Orchestra. Mr. Dunn also performed in numerous orchestras with the Fine Arts Center Productions from 1973 until he retired in 2012. He was a high school and junior high school band director for 27 years, a District Music Coordinator for 12 years and a high school Assistant Principal for 4 years. Robert is also a very highly regarded music instrument technician and specializes in repairing and restoring flutes, clarinets, and saxophones through his shop, Black Forest Woodwinds.

Board of Directors for Friends of NHBCOS 2021-2022: 
 

Friends of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs (FNHBCOS) is a non-profit organization that supports the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs.

 

Mission Statement:

Friends of New Horizon's Band of Colorado Springs creates opportunities for lifelong learning and appreciation of music in a welcome and wholesome environment, resulting in enhancements to the lives of our musicians, our audiences, and our community.

 

Marty Slivka - President

Val Bardis - Vice President

Tim McDevitt - Treasurer

Wayne Griffin - Secretary

Dennis Atkinson- Member

Harley Ferguson - Member

Jim Keuning - Member

Nancy Wilson - Member

Sudy Hill - Executive Assistant

Sunny Kurth - Executive Assistant

Our Annual Meeting is held in October of each year. New board members are elected at that time.

Ed & Mary Nuccio, Founders
 

In 2002, Ed Nuccio and his wife Mary Nuccio founded the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs, a musical band for adults who wanted to resume their interest in playing music.  The Nuccios grew it into four bands, three jazz trios, and chamber groups.  September 2017 marked the 16th year for the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs. 

 

Ed Nuccio came to Colorado Springs in 1958 to play with the Air Force Academy Band.  He went on to become the first full-time band director at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School and taught there for 25 years.  He led the Cheyenne Mountain High School bands and marching band for nine years, taught at Douglass Valley Elementary School, Broadmoor Elementary School, and Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School. He also was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2004.  

 

Ed Nuccio will always be known for nurturing children, teens, and adults in their pursuit of music.  Our longtime band director, educator, and founder passed away April of 2016.  

We make music, we build community, and we improve our health with every note we play.