Starting Tuesday, September 13th, the Danbury Music Centre will offer “Discovering Musical Concepts Band:” a weekly beginner band for adults. The new ensemble, for adults starting a wind, brass, or percussion instrument for the first time, will meet each Tuesday at 10:30 for new members and at 12:00 noon for returning. Albert Montecalvo will lead the ensemble in weekly rehearsals at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT, 06810.
Tuition is $250 for the semester (September through December). Students will need to rent or purchase an instrument, as well as the book Essential Elements Comprehensive Band Method, Book 1, published by Hal Leonard.
This band will be an ideal opportunity for adults who have no prior experience playing an instrument – particularly those who wish they had had the chance earlier in life, and would like to make up for lost time by starting now in a friendly, group setting.
Director Albert Montecalvo says, “It will be a very relaxed atmosphere where people can come in, give it a try, and see how it works for them. We will offer all of the band instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, any of the saxophones; trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone horn, tuba, percussion.”
Albert Montecalvo has served as Director of the Danbury Music Centre Summer Band Program for eleven years, and as Conductor of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble for five years. In 1998 he retired from a 30-year career teaching in the Carmel, New York School District, where he was director of middle and high school bands as well as K-12 Director of Music. Al has performed as percussionist with many local orchestras including the Ridgefield Symphony, Chappaqua Orchestra and Danbury Symphony, and has played drums and percussion with various theater groups including the Downtown Cabaret Theater, Seven Angels Theater, Musicals at Richter and TheaterWorks in New Milford. He also performs with the Sonny Carroll Big Band, the Norm Hathaway Orchestra and the Berkshire Big Band. Al was an adjunct music professor at Western Connecticut State University for five years where he taught music education courses, supervised student teachers and conducted the WCSU Symphonic Band.
Please contact the DMC for with any questions 203-748-1716.