Sorry for this late announcement but this evening’s CLASSES and DRIVE THRU MUSIC pick-up have been cancelled due to the condition of the Parking Lot at the F.E.C. The SNOW and ICE will be removed in time for our scheduled Wednesday and Thursday Classes and Rehearsals! Thank you for your understanding.


2022 Schedule Announcement from Jim

Good evening! I’m sure that all of you are as anxious as I am to get back to making music together. Last evening our Board of Directors made a very conscientious and well thought out decision to recreate a schedule for this Spring that will keep us all moving musically forward while being safe with respect to each other’s health. I’ve spent most of the day reworking this Schedule and am waiting for approval of some of the necessary changes that I’ve made. I expect to be able to post the completed and approved schedule on Saturday. In the meantime, I’m posting this evening the major changes and points so that you can make plains and adjustments to your personal calendar.


1.Rehearsals and Classes will not start until Monday January 17, M.L.K. Day and all classes and rehearsals will be Zoomed so that all members can choose to participate virtually or in person.

2. All new equipment and software will be purchased, installed and tested before January 17th and ALL LIVE classes will be held at the F.E.C. and MAPS facilities.

3. Two new Teaching Members have been interviewed and added to our teaching staff, allowing us to begin with the focus on small group teaching and learning.

4. The schedule is progressive because as the covid spike begins to dissipate the schedule begins to return to a mix of small groups growing into larger ensembles. The main point is that we will be starting the schedule with fewer members in the building at the same time.

5. You will all be working on five new Full Ensemble Selections, Technique by Instrument Families, Small Group and Solo Recital Selections and much more!

6. The schedule will change and grow as the health issue allows for the SAVETY OF ALL MEMBERS. We anticipate these changes to be made monthly and will continue to be organized in the Monthly rotation of A and B weeks.

7. New Music will be passed out by drive by pick -up on posted Monday or Thursday evenings at the F.E.C.

8. Your Board continues to expect that you cooperate by observing all vaccination, boosters, distancing and mask wearing practices and recommendations which will be posted on our webpage.




Hello New Horizons of Summit and Stark Counties! Just a few words of thanks, instruction and information. 2021 was such an exciting year! I really feel that we all worked together creating some of the best performances of our history and without a doubt have enjoyed a huge musical growth. Thank you not only for your dedication, cooperation, commitment, and generosity but more importantly for your desire to grow!

I am very excited about kicking off 2022! Or Spring rehearsal schedule will be posted next week and will contain some very important changes and reorganization designed to offer more small group and sectional rehearsal opportunities. We will continue to rehearse and perform as one large string/ wind/ percussion ensemble as well. Our schedule will begin on Monday January 10th at the First Evangelical Church. Call a friend or former member and invite them back! You have an entire week to warm up and get your parts for “Evil Ways” and “Low Rider” down. That way we can sight read some other new FUN Charts as well!

We are working very hard to improve our Virtual program so that we can continue providing play along options for our classes and rehearsals. Our Board of Directors is presently reviewing our “Safe Health Guidelines” and will post our update of regulatory changes before January 10th here on our webpage. As in the past your cooperation and commitment to the health of all our members is paramount to our success. If you are a wind player, please try to practice with a mask that you have sliced so that you can play with a mask on. It may look silly and be harder to do but, in the end, it may help control and improve your ability to combat this virus. I truly believe that the shots and boosters will continue to prove to be our best defense. Together we can continue to commit to the safety practices that allow us to make music live and, in the moment, as it has always been intended to be.

I look forward to our next downbeat!



I’m sure that you all went home sharing the same feelings of accomplishment as I did! The audience understood the message that we spoke as an ensemble of MUCISIANS! Thank you for your courage and trust in me as we took another GIANT STEP in our growth. I appreciate your hard work and best efforts. I’m really looking forward to 2022!

Here are some informative notes on Thursday evenings RECITAL! Please arrive before 6:00 and find a seat in the Sanctuary. Unless you are performing in the recital you will not need your instrument. There will be no regular rehearsal. The recital will be very entertaining and last about one hour. Many of your friends will be performing as soloist or in small ensembles. A continuous “Holiday Trivia” game will be directed from the stage by our Host, Jaime. A grand prize will be awarded the highest scoring audience member.

At the conclusion of the recital, we will dismiss you by sections at which time you will proceed to our normal rehearsal area forming a line at the double doors. Please bring your copies of the following four Christmas Concert selections 1. Farandole, 2. Here Comes Santa Claus, 3. Do You Hear What I Here, 4. Charlie Brown. Simply place these masters in the appropriate box. Please stay in line as you cross the room to pick up your new parts for two new selections 1. Evil Ways and 2. Low Rider. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in getting this done quickly! Merry Christmas!

Your Freind in Music!




January Schedule News

Here we are two days away from kicking off the 2021 New Horizons of Summit and Stark Counties Zoom and Live Schedule. I could not be more EXCITED !! Jaime and I have been busy over the Holidays working hard to learn how to best use new techniques and equipment. Our goal as always is to offer all of you our very best musical experiences. We plan to use the remainder of the month of January to experiment, share , and implement some of what we have discovered and learned .

I’m sure that you have noticed that our January Zoom and Live Schedule is similar to that which we followed in the Fall. We will announce and post our Winter Schedule and all new features at our ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING on January 25th. We will meet at 7:00 using Zoom and will pack lots of news and information into 40 minutes. You will Join us using Jim’s Personal Link # which is 820 030 2594 and passcode which is Fenmo.

Even though a vaccine will be available to us soon we are increasing our virtual menu by growing our performance capabilities. Those of you who have been enjoying our Live schedule notice that for the next three weeks there are fewer Live options offered. This is for three reasons. 1). My responsibilities here at home have increased. 2). I need to use more time during this three week period to complete the change over and performance options that we want to introduce starting in February. 3). We are working hard to develop a sustainable Budget that provides you with a program that is enjoyable and musical rewarding. Hang in there with us! I’m sure you will enjoy growing with Jaime and I into a long term future of musical fulfillment.

My closing remarks are as always ones of respect and admiration. Your response and generosity throughout 2020 has been OVERWELMING. Your support has been an inspiration. I believe that each of you do in fact understand that MUSIC is the language of the human soul. I feel that I am accomplishing my purpose. Thank you!!


FUNTIME. SCHEDULE August 10 – 14, 2020

Hello everyone! The first week of our August schedule introduced some changes and although we had a few bumps, I was very happy with our overall improvement. Remember that we are trying very hard to move forward and center on topics that will improve everyone’s MUSICIANSHIP. Jaime and I appreciate your trust and will continue to center in on topics that will help us all grow!

These are the titles that we will be working on this week. Please make sure you bring these to all Zoom and Live Rehearsals, Sectionals, and Supervised Practice Sessions this week.

All Three “Bach and Before” Chorales from the website “Star Tracks”

The Star Spangled Banner

“Raiders March” HL# 4005107

“Smoke on the Water” HL# 4002623

“Swan Lake, Op. 20” HL# 491291

Jaime and I are looking forward to a GREAT week!



View important dates in planning calendar.

JUNE ZOOM CLASS SCHEDULE: NO WIND,PERCUSSION OR STRING CLASS FOR THE FIRST WEEK JUNE 1 – 5. We need some time off to up grade Zoom and relax! I might even get a hair cut!?! BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S ZOOM MEETING, 2:00, June 8th. Jim and Jamie’s class schedule will remain the same starting in the second week of June except for Jim’s Tuesday evening classes which will be 5:00 Baritones; 6:00 Bass Clarinets and Tuba; 7:00 Percussion. Other changes for Strings and Winds will be posted during the first week of June.

INTRODUCING “THE PLAY ALONG CORNER”. We will be adding a New Feature to our internet learning called the “PLAY ALONG CORNER”. We have been working on music tracks which will allow you to play written parts along with four part chorales. Your will receive parts for all four voices and will be able to select and learn to play any and all four of these parts as if you are a member of a quartet. We suggest that you start by counting out loud while clapping the bass line so that you learn how all three upper voices are constructed on the foundation of the bass line. More complete instructions will be distributed with other information on Monday evening June 1st and Thursday evening June 4th. (Please see below!).

PLAY ALONG MUSIC DISTRIBUTION: We are taking this opportunity to introduce you to a new friend and host for our New Horizons Program. The Board of Directors and Congregation of the “First Evangelical Church” located at 369 E. Woodsdale Ave. Akron, Ohio, have invited us to use their Church as HOME BASE! As you know returning to schools and university facilities is at this point unlikely. We are fortunate to have another friend in the community that is willing to host our activities. We are taking advantage of this opportunity by starting next week with “Baby Steps” back towards large group ensembles. We have organized two evenings, Monday June 1st and Thursday June 4th, from 5:30 until 7:00 during which you may drive into the church parking lot and be directed to a drive by music pick up stand. Simply follow the directions of the parking lot staff who will form you into a line that will pull up to a table. Connie Stinnett will hand you the Play Along Music and Instruction Sheet through your window. She will be wearing her mask and we ask you to do the same. If you would like a short tour of the building please pull into a parking space and Carrie Cunningham will be your escort through the facility. We again ask that you follow the correct best practice safe mask and hand washing protocols suggested by our State and Federal authorities. Please allow me to take a minute to thank Carrie, Connie , and Marilyn Katzmark for their help in making this introduction to our newest host possible.

You will also receive registration information for “Live Private Lessons” and “Small Group”interests. These opportunities will be provided based on interest of our membership at both the Church and at Jim Stahl’s Cavalier Studio. Coaching and teaching personnel will be assigned based on the interest response of the membership. We would like to add these opportunities to our schedules late summer and into the Fall. Please know that we will always do our best to improve our Zoom quality as we move forward towards our New Horizons “New Normal”. These in person live opportunities are not replacing our Zoom schedule put are expanding our offerings! Stay Safe! Jim


View a graphic flowchart of the seven steps to a super Sinatra.

Step 4). 132-138; TRANSITION INTO “Fly Me to the Moon”; Spring Tempo, quarter = 92

Flutes; Oboes; Bass Clarinets; Trumpets; Trombones; Baritones. Measure 138 – Tie eighth notes on first beat, and eighth notes on second beat creating two quarter notes on the first two beats of the measure. Honor the tied pick up note to one from the and of four in measure 137.

Clarinets – Connect the triplet figure with horns in measure 134 and 135 also accent beat two in each of those two measures. DO NOT play the first eighth note of beat three in 136. Change the half note on beat 3 of measure 137 to a quarter note and quarter rest on beat four.

Horns – Connect triplet figures with the clarinets in 134, 135, 136 by playing tied eighth notes with an accent and the half and whole notes softer.(like a sforzando).

Baritones and tuba – Emphasize eighth notes on 2 in 134 and 135. Emphasize beats 2 and 4 in 136. Only play the second eighth note of the fourth beat in measure 137.

Snare drum/ride cymbal – Add a rim knock on beat two of measure 134, 135, 136. Play the triplet fill on beat three on snare to cymbal crash on the and of four on ride cymbal. (Most important fill in tune).

Mark your music folks! I will be contacting you this week to set up small group sectionals on this tune on the internet. We have been experimenting the last couple of weeks and are very happy with the fun and success we have had with private lessons and small group meetings. We will be using the ZOOM platform. We ask that you download the free APP to your CELLPHONE. We have had far better connection and video/audio lick from phone to phone than computer to computer or phone to computer. Please watch for information on the “HOT NEWS” window or contact me directly @ 330.858.2045! I’m EXCITED!!!!!


MEMBER RESOURCES Band Practice Tools

March 18, 2020 Seven Steps to a Super Sinatra

Step 2). Measure 117-124 “THAT’S LIFE” Softer and Cooler than Step 1. This is a woodwind chorus blending flutes, oboe and clarinets playing the melody. Saxes join the brass in accompanying the woodwinds. Saxes pass triplet figure to trombones every other measure creating a continuous triplet rhythm pattern from 117 – 122. Everyone practice playing the skeletal rhythm of measures 123 and 124. Do this by only playing the pitches on beats 1,2,3,4 in measure 123 and 1,2 and 3 in measure 124. To create a crescendo from mp to f simply practice playing these seven beats as one phrase. When you can do that , add the rest of the notes around those solid pitches that are on the seven skeletal beats.

Step 3). Measures 125 – 131 “THAT’S LIFE” This third chorus is called “the take it home chorus” because it combines the full band making the final driving lyric statement of the tune to the audience. The trumpets change the rhythm of the “That’s Life”lick to match the same pick up lick as into measure 109. (Play the D quarter note on the fourth beat of 124 and the Bb as a quarter note squarely on one of 125. Sounds like “That’s Life” on four/one). Flutes, oboes, clarinets and saxes pick up the melody line from the trumpets on the second beat of measure 125, and pass it back to the trumpets on one of 126. Trumpets please diminuendo the half note in 126. Saxes play the fourth beat triplet figure forte and get off the tied eighth note on one of measure 127. Saxes please play the quarter notes on 2, 3 and 4 softer and get of the half note on the down beat of 128 on three. The trumpets and flutes have the melody with no grace notes please, releasing on one also in 128. Trumpets play the third beat without the tie to beat four. Replay the E as part of the triplet on four. Saxes do not play the grace notes in measure 130 on the fourth beat but please give it a slight accent. EVERYBODY IN THE BAND crescendo measure 131 and accent the eighth note on beat three. We will execute a GRAND PAUSE on the and of three. I will cue the trumpets who will play a triplet on beat four into an accented G whole note on beat one of measure 132. The new tempo is established by a RIDE BEAT starting on beat two and through measure 133. COOL MAN! Please mark your parts and practice, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!