THE VILLAGES HOMETOWN BAND
is comprised of Villages residents with a variety of musical backgrounds,
from professional to those who have picked up their instruments after
an extended hiatus. The band currently has 97 members and performs
concert band music from Broadway, Hollywood, marches and pop classics.
The Hometown Band performs at the Savannah Center,
throughout The Villages and beyond.
The band rehearses Tuesdays from 4-6pm at Mulberry Recreation
Center in The Villages, from mid-August through April.
Tuesday, 4 to 6pm, Mulberry Grove
Hugh Wicks 352-431-8004
“Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music?
If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises
in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”?
“Every culture and every individual seem to have their own interpretation
of what music is. We can tell not only when a note seems wrong
but also when a group is not on exactly the same tone. Hugh can even
tell when he doesn’t hear the “rest”!
Starting in October I’ve shared a section of an article from the Elder
Advisory Group titled “The Seven Biggest Benefits for Music to Older
Adults.” This month we are at #7 - Music can be a powerful tool for people with memory loss. “Music is stored differently in the brain than is speech,
so it can bring forth recollections that mere words cannot. The cognitive
and emotional; effects of music help people with dementia connect not
only with their own memories, but also with other people and the world
around them. Music also reduces agitation and anxiety and improves their sleep.” Regardless of where you are at in your life, the true beauty of music
is that it connects people and is a universal language that speaks from the heart and soul.
Roughly 6 weeks to our March 20th concert! If you will not be able to participate March 6th to March 19th, please let your section leader know
so we can get an accurate count of participants for the concert.
Dress for the March concert is a long sleeve white shirt, black pants,
black socks and shoes, and a Hometown Band tie or scarf. If you do not
have a tie/scarf, see Diane Hubert (in flutes). If you are seasonal you will
need to return the tie/scarf to Diane at the end of the concert.
2/1 Sandi Clarey
2/1 Nick Siecko
2/2 Mike Chiaro
2/10 Dean Winston
2/14 Bill Pauldine
2/15 Robert Lebkuecher
2/15 Karl Schmitz
2/19 Breeta Littlefield
Attendance Policy for playing a Concert
As we continue grow
in quality of
performance and quantity of members
it is imperative to
have full attendance
at rehearsals. We all know that there are
very good reasons
why people are not
able to attend every rehearsal and those reasons are respected; however, the following guidelines have been established to insure
the highest level of performance that we
can possibly achieve.
It is expected you
attend at least 1/2 of
our rehearsals as well
as the dress rehearsal
in order to be able to perform at any
Concert. If for some reason you are unable
to achieve this, you
will still retain your membership in the
Band, but will not perform at that particular Concert.
You know how much practice you need in order to play the
music well, but keep
in mind that the full group needs YOU!
To achieve the proper blend and balance of
the ensemble, it is necessary that you are at each rehearsal to contribute your part
so the Director can make the necessary adjustments.
If there are special circumstances in not being able to meet the above requirements please contact the Director and you will
be notified of any exemption which
might be granted.
I hope you understand and support the
policies mentioned above while we
continue to improve musically.
THE VILLAGES HOMETOWN BAND CALENDAR
Sun 19 4pm
Mon 20 TBD
Ready to Play 4pm
Ready to Play 4pm
Ready to play 5:30pm
Mulberry Rec Ctr
8445 SE 165th Mulberry
The Villages, FL 32162
1545 Buena Vista Blvd
The Villages, 32162