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.

Hometown Band

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.

Ways to Improve Practice Time




February Birthdays

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.


Tues 4pm

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

Savannah Center

1545 Buena Vista Blvd

The Villages, 32162



Rehearsals Resume

Jan 3 

Dress Rehearsal


Mar 20


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