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New Horizons Indy to play free concert at Scecina

From left, Scecina Music Director Chris Ritchie, Mary Ann Olvey '60,  former Scecina Music Director Sam Rhinesmith, Jerry Jenn '58, and Scecina President Joe Therber. Rhinesmith founded the New Horizons Band of Indianapolis. He plays trombone, and Olvey and Jenn play trumpet in New Horizons.

New Horizons Band of Indianapolis will perform a free concert of big band and Broadway favorites at Scecina Memorial High School at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Scecina is located at 5000 Nowland Avenue. 

New Horizons Band of Indianapolis was founded and is co-directed by Sam Rhinesmith, who was Scecina’s first band director (1955-61) and started the Scecina music program. Rhinesmith retired as band director at North Central High School. 

At the free April 29 concert, the 50-member band also will “salute” Scecina by playing the fight song, which was written by Rhinesmith, as well as the school song and alma mater. 

Some Scecina band alumni who now are members of New Horizons will return to the school for an encore performance. 

“People will be amazed at how good the band is,” said Mary Ann Olvey ’60, a former Crusader band member and now trumpeter in the New Horizons band. “They’re very talented musicians. There’s a nucleus that’s performed together for over 20 years.” 

Jerry Jenn, Class of 1958, also plays trumpet with New Horizons. 

Rhinesmith, who started Scecina’s band, helped form New Horizons Indy in 1994. He plays trombone. 

New Horizons is calling its April 29 concert a “salute” to Scecina Memorial High School. The band will perform the Scecina fight song, school song and alma mater, as well as other band favorites including Broadway tunes and favorite band songs. 

Rhinesmith said the New Horizons Band works hard, practicing twice a week. Besides Rhinesmith, the band is led by three more outstanding directors with decades of music education experience in Indiana: Alvy Lee Spangler, retired band director from Speedway High School; John Marshall, who spent 33 years as Chairman of the Performing Arts Department and head band director; and Robert D. Wiker, who served his country in the U.S. Navy Band and was assistant conductor for 15 years and conductor from 2012 to 2016 of the Crossroads of America Scout Band. 

The first New Horizons Band was formed by Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music in 1991, supported by a grant from the National Association of Music Merchants. The word spread through articles in publications such as the New York Times and a feature spot on NBC’s “Today” show. New Horizons Music is now an international organization with over 200 bands, orchestras, and choirs boasting more than 10,000 members worldwide. 

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Ray Riley wrote:
Welcome back Sam, Looking forward to your concert. See you there.

Wed, April 4, 2018 @ 10:54 AM

2. Sheila barton bosron’60 wrote:
Still love that fight song. Congratulations everyone. Regret being out of town on April 29.

Fri, April 6, 2018 @ 8:01 PM

3. Jan Schmidt Burkhart '62 wrote:
I have wonderful memories of learning to play the French horn in the Scecina marching band, twirling for the Scecina Sweeties and later in the Purdue All-American Marching Band. I credit Sam and Marianne Fillenwarth Rhinesmith for encouraging me to follow a path that included band performances. I look forward to the New Horizons Band concert.

Sat, April 14, 2018 @ 10:29 PM

4. Wally Linne, Class of 1960 wrote:
The way I learned to spell the school's name
SC-EC-INA was because of the fight song. Unfortunately I will be out of town attending a granddaughter's wedding. Please post other performance dates.

Sat, April 21, 2018 @ 8:24 AM

5. Mary Jo Lowe wrote:
I have very found memories of the band. I have stayed with music all my life. Today I am living in Brown County and am playing in our community band today. Sam was the one that gave me the initial instruction on the flute. I continued with more instruction at Jordan at Butler University and in the marching band.

Tue, April 24, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

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