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


Good evening, everyone! Just want to take a moment to share with you all the POSITIVE FEELING of appreciation, achievement, and accomplishment that I have been feeling during the last six months.

I am so Blessed to have the opportunity to share with you all, my never-ending love of music. I can hear, see, and feel that you are growing toward this same inter glow as many of you are beginning to really feel the connection that we are making with our audiences. You are not just playing notes and making sound with your instruments you are connecting with them as your instruments becomes part of you and your inner feelings. Please remember that the more you know about the language the better you can use it to communicate your innermost artistic expressions. MUSIC IS THE LANGUAGE OF FEELINGS!!!!

I am also impressed with your deep feelings of cooperation and concern for each other. You may have noticed that each week we have different numbers of members who attend our classes and rehearsals. We are trying very hard to provide a schedule that is flexible, but also effective. We are carefully entering the time of the year during which our individual health becomes more challenged. Each week I have receive calls from responsible members who have made the correct decision to stay home simply because they feel that they are a little under the weather and do not want to put others in danger. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! These responsible decisions are what have allowed us to move forward and collectively advance our growth and understanding of the ART! MUSIC is like any other art form. It doesn’t exist in a unison format. It must be shared to exist, however taking care of yourself and being considerate of others is the formula for intelligent growth.

Finally, I need to express my sincere appreciation for the Board of Directors and Staff of our organization. I have the privilege of being surrounded by a team of people who REALLY CARE. They each understand the TRUE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS. They contribute their best efforts UNSELFISHLY toward the TEAM’S GOALS. They understand my old logo “FUN is spelled WORK, and WORK is spelled FUN.” MUSIC and Hard Work are the magic ingrediencies that are moving each of us forward. We are growing into something special, and I am so happy to be a small part in each member’s success. I’m so excited about our upcoming Concerts and a new year of continued growth!

\THANK YOU ALL! Each member is important! Remember…. I’M HERE FOR YOU!!!!


Member Reflections

Hello my friends and band mates, I wasn’t able to make it to practice because I have MS, which is exacerbated by the weather, however, I just wanted to share with you all my excitement about the strings performance on Monday, I enjoyed each song, especially Tocatina(I hope that’s right) and the band as well, I am looking forward to making beautiful music with you all, I also want to thank each of your help at various times.

Fellow music lover, Abyemabi


Kathryn Weaver (violin) has recently been diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and is having a hard time breathing. Apparently it’s the same germ that causes RSV. She is slightly better but is not expecting to be back to New Horizons for a couple weeks. Her goal is to be back for the John S. Knight performance.

Kathy Jesser (trombone) recently had surgery and has been scootering ( hmmm, I wonder if that’s a word) around her house. She’s hoping to get the okay from her doctor tomorrow to bear weight on her foot. Her goal is to be in good enough shape to make rehearsal on Monday.

Please keep these two in your thoughts, and pray for quick recoveries!

Member Reflections & Transitions

Dear NHBSSC family,

I would like to announce that I have accepted a research fellowship in Silver Spring, MD, and will be relocating by the end of the month. While my NHBSSC membership and association will remain as they are, you will see much less of me at rehearsals and concerts. I will keep in touch with Connie for materials to work on. Whenever possible, I will attend virtual rehearsals and major in-person performances.

I must thank the teaching faculty, and all past and current members of the Board of Directors for making this experience possible. The camaraderie of all other fellow NHBSSC members who, like me, find themselves on their own noble musical journeys, is much appreciated. Lastly, this is an excellent opportunity for me to express my immense gratitude for the personal guidance and encouragement I have received from Jim over the years. I will be reporting my musical progress to him in the years to come as well.

Thy humble music seeker,
Iskinder (alto sax)


My music for Mandalorian was on a stand up front with the super big base drum. Someone must have put it somewhere after rehearsal because by the time everyone left, the stands were put away but there is no sign of my music. Please text me at (330)612-5542 if you know where it is. My email hasn’t been working the last 3 days. Marilyn Katzmark

I found 2 green snake humidifiers for possibly a cello over by the hangers. I will have them with me tomorrow at our gig. You might not even know they are missing yet.


Although it has been a few years, some of you may remember Nancy Sauer who played with New Horizons in the flute section. Unfortunately she passed away Friday August 5th, 2022. The obituary is posted below:

February 12, 1941 ~ August 5, 2022 (age 81


Miss Nancy Sauer, age 81, passed away on August 5, 2022 at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center. Nancy was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late William and Pearl Sauer.

Along with her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by a sister, Marilou Sauer.

A graduate of the University of Akron, Nancy pursued a 38-year career as an elementary school teacher, educating thousands of students in the Ellett (Hatton) and Manchester systems. Passionate about teaching, she continued as a reading specialist for 4 more years in the Akron system.

An enthusiastic tennis player, she played and organized leagues over 50 years and counted those women as some of her best friends. An accomplished pianist, she also played the flute in the New Horizons band, making numerous friends through that organization.

Nancy is survived by her brother, William, of Chicago, as well as numerous cousins in the Akron and Columbus areas.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 10 AM to 11 AM at the Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange Street, Akron. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 100 E. Waterloo Road, Akron.


Early this morning, Carrie Cunningham’s (clarinet) sister, Barbara Tomsello, passed away after a lengthy illness. Barb was Carrie’s older sister and the last remaining sibling. Barb left behind her husband, Tony, and 2 children, as well as 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Carrie mentioned the family was not planning on a funeral service or calling hours but may at some point arrange a memorial time for family members. .

Although the family realizes she is at peace and no longer struggling, please pray for God’s comfort as they deal with this loss.

If you would like to send Carrie a card her address is: 49 Wynstone Dr., Mogadore, OH 44260. Below is her obituary:

Barbara “Barb” J. (Fisher) Tomsello

September 22, 1946 ~ August 6, 2022 (age 75)


Barbara “Barb” J. Tomsello (nee Fisher), age 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at home with loved ones. Barb resided in Barberton and was born in Portage County, living her entire life in Northeast Ohio. Preceded in death by her parents, Clive and Mareta Fisher, as well as brothers, Kenneth (Lynn) and Ronald (KIA Vietnam). She is also preceded by her first husband, Carl Veppert, the father of her children. Barb is survived by her husband of 31 years, Anthony “Tony” Tomsello; kid sister, Carrie (Jeff) Cunningham; children, Wendy (Dick) Phillips and Brian (Sue) Veppert; grandchildren, Kyle (Adrienne), Kevin (Rachel) and Colin Phillips and Clair and Abby Veppert as well as great-grandson, Cole Phillips, many nieces and nephews, step children, Ryan and Danny Tomsello and special aunt, Mary Lou Silvers. Cremation has taken place with internment at Hillside Memorial Park with a celebration of life in the near future….. while Barb lovingly looks upon us and does her word searches.

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