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New Horizons Band 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 28, 2019. 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. 

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. 

The band will perform Broadway tunes and favorite band songs. It will also play some Scecina favorites, for example, the school's fight song.

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. 

This story has been updated; it was originally published on March 30, 2018.