Fiddle Summer Camp Opportunity

Submitted by: Julie Kennedy

The Ohio School of Scottish Arts is offering a weeklong class with US Scottish fiddle champion Elke Baker at Baldwin Wallace University (in Berea, south of Cleveland) this summer, June 24-30 2023.

Heidi and I attended the school several years ago and Elke is tops, very professional, a patient instructor and amazing player. She also hands out LOTS of traditional Scottish fiddle arrangements which are good for contra dancing and celtic groups. The group is mixed, from pre-teens to adult, and Elke works with students of all levels.

You can study as a day student (morning and afternoon 3-hour sessions) or residential. There are concerts and music sessions presented by school attendees every evening.

Lyrics for Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer

Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer By Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson 1943

Over the dim-lit flarepath
An anxious silence reigned.
Scanning the blue horizon,
Our anxious eyes were strained.

The radio sets were humming,
They waited for a word,
Then a voice broke through the humming,
And this is what they heard:

“Comin’ in on a wing and a pray’r,
Comin’ in on a wing and a pray’r,
Though there’s one motor gone,
We can still carry on,
Comin’ in on a wing and a pray’r.

What a show, what a fight,
Yes, we really hit our target for tonight.
How we sing as we limp through the air,
Look below, there’s our field over there.
With a full crew aboard and our trust in the Lord
We’re comin’ in on a wing and a pray’r.

Listening, watching, hoping,
Was all that we could do,
Waiting for J. for Jimmy
And all the gallant crew.

Then over our longing vision
A dim grey shadow fell,
And, like music, came the message
That told us all was well:

Thank you so much

Cal and I would like to thank everyone in the New Horizons organization for the welcome you have given us this year. We have loved getting to know you and to make music with you, and are excited about even more opportunities to do so in the New Year. Thank you to Jim and to Jamie for welcoming us into the outstanding community of instructors in this group. We feel privileged to work with such outstanding and dedicated musicians.

We would also like to thank the group for the extremely generous holiday gift. It was not necessary, but very much appreciated.

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to take time with family and friends to enjoy and appreciate all of the blessing of the season. We look forward to seeing all of you in the New Year and are eager for the new musical adventures that await all of us.

With love,

Bev and Cal

Appreciation for the past year’s musical journey

To my fellow New Horizons Band members,

I just wanted to share my great appreciation for the privilege of being able to share this past musical journey with you all, I gained a greater appreciation of listening and seeing other musicians playing. To be able to listen to the strings on “Song of the Birds “, to listen to “Big John on bass and the sax, the way each of the strings articulate the notes led by Jaime, I loved the French horns very distinct sound , I loved the trumpets loud beautiful sounds with “Doc and Maynard”, and the rest of the swinging crew, Of course my fellow trombonists, each of the brass section members, the wind sections flutes, oboe’s, sax sections, being led by Bev,Cal and our fearless leader Jim, I’ve enjoyed each and every encounter be it the practices or concerts, I think of Psalms 150. I want to thank each and everyone of you for your help and support. I look forward to our next encounter.

Sincerely, fellow music enthusiast and lover.

Abyemabi Kwalume

Free Online Music Theory Course

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Submitted by Mike Hoeprich (Violin)

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) infections on the rise in Northeast Ohio

Here is info from the CDC website.

Northeast Ohio health officials warn that RSV is spreading earlier and faster this year than previous years. We are seeing a higher than normal membership reporting RSV-like symptoms.

RSV-infected adults typically have mild, cold-like symptoms only. These include:

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

RSV is especially worrisome among immunocompromised adults. The CDC warns that people with preexisting conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, should be especially cautious during RSV surges.