TO THE FM GOLDEN NOTES
Our chapter of the New Horizons Bands organization was first organized in 2005. One individual, Jim Kinlaw, was looking for an opportunity to learn to play an instrument and eventually play music with others. A key contact for Jim was meeting Dr. Michael Thrasher, at church. Michael was part of the music staff at NDSU. Jim asked him if he could teach him to play music. He kindly said, "Sure." Michael recommended the alto sax as an instrument and started his lessons. After about a year Dr. Thrasher thought it was time for Jim to play with other musicians. He introduced Jim to an organization called the "New Horizons Bands." whose very purpose is to allow former musicians who hadn't played since high school or college, or even with no experience to play music together. Shortly other contacts were made. Dr. Ed Christianson a notable Fargo musician and teacher, took upon himself, the task of directing the fledgling band.
In the years that followed we added and lost members to our group until today we number nearly 30 musicians. All of us in the band consider our band "family" to be about more than just playing music. It is also a rich social connection to others where many have formed warm friendships.
We fill a special musical niche in this community. Jim has connected us to numerous venues, many of which are in senior residences in the area, all of whom welcome the very special entertainment that the FM GOLDEN NOTES offers.
If you are
looking for a band to be a part of, please consider joining the FM GOLDEN
OUR DIRECTOR, PETER SCHIEFELBEIN
Golden Notes New Horizons Band
2018 Fall Concert
Golden Notes Scrapbook
page update April 25, 2020