The level of expertise isn’t important to the Prince Rupert and District Music Society — all that’s important is an interest in playing music.
The music society is exploring the prospect of a beginner band to encourage novice musicians to continue playing and former players to whip the dust off their old instruments and start playing again.
“We are looking at giving people a second chance to get into music,” said John Turner of the Prince Rupert and District Music Society, who added the idea was sparked by interest from community members.
“We’re always looking for more people to participate in music. Obviously, we think it’s a good thing.”
A list of people interested in joining is currently being compiled, along with the instrument they are committed to playing. The society is hoping to find musicians playing brass instruments such as trumpet, trombone, french horn and baritone tuba, along with wood wind instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone and oboe, and a drummer for percussion.
Turner encourages anyone who would like to pick up one of these instruments to get involved.
“Ultimately, my goal would be to get people to a level where they can play with the existing community band,” he said.
The society will hold a meeting this week to look at what’s available and will then move forward with the creation of the band.
Anyone interested is asked to email John Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.