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New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs

 

...creates vital connections to family, friends, and community.  Our adult-only bands (ages 30+) 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.  Our members, average age 70, recapture the enjoyment of playing music at a time when intellectual endeavors are vitally important.  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.

New Symphonic Band Conductor and 
Concert Band Conductor Announced!

We are very pleased to announce the selection of our new conductors for Symphonic Band and Concert Band. After a thorough search of several regional resources, references, auditions, interviews and lengthy discussions, we have hired Amanda Kemp as the Symphonic Band Conductor and Stephen Rumbold as the Concert Band Conductor. We look forward to working with Amanda and Stephen in the coming months and years and feel fairly certain that you will also find them very well qualified, enjoyable, committed, challenging, energetic, and delightful to work with and watch in our future concerts. 

A special thank you to Jeff Ader, conductor of the Summer Day Band and Amanda Kemp, conductor of the Summer Night Band, for stepping up at the last minute, selecting the music based on the limited instrumentation and successfully and pleasantly delivering a summer program we will long remember. 

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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. 

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.

Board of Directors for Friends of NHBCOS 2020-2021: 
 

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.

 

Dennis Atkinson - President

Val Bardis - Vice President

Tim McDevitt - Treasurer

Wayne Griffin - Secretary

Tom Fellows - Director

Harley Ferguson - Director

Mike Lewis - Director

Marty Slivka - Director

Nancy Wilson - Director

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.