The Woodward News

September 15, 2013

Group looking to form a community band

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Are you a musician whose clarinet has been consigned to the closet? Your bass drum banished to the basement? Your saxophone sitting in a storage shed?

A new group is offering you the chance "to blow the dust off your instruments and play music again," according to Greg Nuse.

Nuse is a member of a start-up committee that is looking to form the Woodward Area Community Band.  He said the goal of the community band is to provide an opportunity for those with musical talent to come together and play their instruments as part of an ensemble.

Even though he is "around music every day" as the assistant band director for Woodward Public Schools, Nuse said he would still enjoy the chance to play music as part of a band himself.

He feels there are others in the area who perhaps feel the same way.

"I know we have a lot of talent in our community," he said.  "A lot of people who have the ability to play but may not have the opportunity."

Nuse said that seems like a waste of talent to him.

"Once you get out of college a lot of people just put their instruments down, and I think that's a waste for them to spend all those years learning to play and then have nothing to do with it," he said.

But with the community band, Nuse said these musicians can once again play and perform the instruments they worked hard to learn, while also sharing their music with others.



INFORMATIONAL MEETING SCHEDULED

Band organizers will be holding an informational meeting on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodward High School band room to help spread the word about the musical project.

Nuse said musicians from all over Northwest Oklahoma are welcome to participate.

"We're wanting people from really anywhere in the area, including Mooreland, Vici, Buffalo, Shattuck, Fort Supply, Sharon and Mutual, just all the surrounding communities," he said.  "This is definitely not just exclusive to Woodward."

Also the band is open to musicians of all ages.

"We're inviting anybody from 9th grade to 99-years-old," Nuse said.

However, those wanting to participate in the band are encouraged to provide their own instruments, although "any instruments are welcome," he said.

"We're hoping people have their own instruments because we're not really able to provide any right now," Nuse said.  "But that's not to discourage anyone from coming to the informational session and seeing what we can do for them."

Nuse said the goal of the informational session is to gauge how much interest there is in the band and then decide what kind of performances the band would like to do.

If there's enough initial interest and enthusiasm, Nuse said "ideally we'd like to start with Christmas music right away and see about forming some ensembles to go out and perform during Crystal Christmas."



A BAND FOR THE COMMUNITY

Nuse said he is excited about forming the community band because "I really think there's a need for it in the community and I think there's a lot of people in the area who would enjoy being a part of it."

But he believes the Woodward Area Community Band will not only be beneficial for area musicians who get a chance to play again as part of the band, but also for the community itself.

"It's a good thing for the community to have people come together and be involved with something within their community," he said.

The band will also be a way to build a sense of community among the band members, he said.

"As Woodward and the area grows it's easier not to know who your neighbors are," Nuse said.  "But this way people get to know other people who they may not normally run into in other parts of their lives."

The band will also be a positive addition to the community, he said, as it will provide another avenue of entertainment for area residents.

"We're looking at maybe doing concerts throughout the year whether that's performances at the Arts Theatre or at Crystal Beach Park, we'll just see what people are interested in doing," he said.

Anyone with questions or who would like more information about the Woodward Area Community Band can contact Nuse via his Facebook page.

He said organizers are also in the process of creating a Facebook page for the band itself.

"Even if they're not able to attend the informational session, hopefully with the Facebook page and this article we'll get the word out that we're here and get people interested and we can continue to grow," Nuse said.