We keep adults “young” and healthy through playing our musical instruments and socialization. With an average of 70, our lives are enriched by the mental and physical challenges of playing music, socializing, and in offering concerts to our community. Our bands and orchestras rehearse and perform 32 weeks a year! One of our members says “NHBCOS challenges me to accomplish something and puts structure in my life.”
NHBCOS is designed to serve an adult population, hungry for music learning and performance opportunities. Active participation in music fills the adult need for challenging intellectual activity. Many of our senior musicians, average 70, had not played their instrument in 50 years or more! Several studies show that playing a musical instrument helps significantly in reducing the chance of developing dementia.
Funds to increase part-time staff, online registration system, percussion equipment (wood block, mallets, trap table, concert snare drum, and travel bag), and a videographer.
Playing a musical instrument relieves stress, improves the respiratory system, provides exercise, improves cognitive performance – things healthy senior adults need.
“It is important to make healthy life choices. This is particularly important as I reach elder status. When I play music I feel the physical benefit, the mental workout and the satisfaction of accomplishment. It is a healthy pursuit with no age limit!” — Harley Ferguson, Euphonium player, Symphonic Band