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NHBCOS Interview Spotlight

New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs has over 100 musician members. Each and every member has a unique life story to tell. We would like to introduce you to our fabulous musical family.

Getting to Know You....Donna Deis

  1. Name? Were you named after anyone? Donna Deis

  2. Where are you from? Fort Wayne, Indiana

  3. What band are you in? Symphonic

  4. Do you play in more than 1 musical group? NHB Flute Choir (when it gets together). Occasionally play flute with the church choir, or play in a small 3-6 piece orchestra accompanying the choir in a cantata.

  5. What did you want to be when you were a kid? Teacher

  6. Do you have kids? Yes: Rob 45 & Ken 43. (Each are married, and have 3 sons & one daughter.)

  7. Do you play more than 1 instrument? Used to play piccolo, but sent it to my granddaughter, since I wasn't playing it in band anymore.

  8. What is your favorite dessert? Homemade ice cream. My Dad had a hand crank version, and he would make it in the basement several times a summer. I loved to lick the dashers after he scraped them. We make it now several times a year for the family.

  9. What do you like to do in your spare time? Play my flute. I started playing when I was 9, and have played most of my life in bands, and a few small groups of flutes. I started my oldest granddaughter Leah on the flute when she was in 5th grade. She now plays in a youth symphony in PA. I still love to play duets with her when she comes to visit from PA. I like to hear several of the grandkids play piano. I taught my 5 older grandkids to swim, and now am teaching the youngest, who is in kindergarten. I take them swimming when we can find time. I am active in the Parkinson's Support Group, putting the monthly newsletters together, chairing the 2016 Symposium, and helping out where I am needed as a member of the Executive Committee. I taught Sunday School for lots of years, served on church committees, coached soccer for 30 years - until I was 68. Always volunteering for something, somewhere. Like to bake.

  10. What is or was your career? Full-time Mom for 13 years when my kids were young, math & computer teacher, later Computer Programmer. Retired in 2007.

  11. What is your favorite type of music? Flute Classical, and Band - all kinds.

  12. How did you get involved in music? My Mom played the flute in the G.E.Orchestra, when she worked there in the late 30's & early 40's. I used her flute through high school and college.

  13. What is your favorite Summer activity? Taking my grandkids (5 in town, 3 in PA) swimming. Spending time with my husband at home. Playing my flute.

  14. Have you ever been to a different country? Mexico & Canada for short vacations.

  15. Describe yourself in 3 words.... Caring, organized, over-booked

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

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