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Northshore Community Band 'off to a great start'

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Since the idea of forming a Northshore Community Band has met with enthusiasm, organizers are now planning weekly rehearsals at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     The new band’s director, Southeastern Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Voorhees, said more than a dozen adult amateur musicians attended an interest meeting on Sept. 18 and agreed to continue gathering each Tuesday in the Pottle Music Building Annex, room 167A, at 7 p.m.

     “I’m delighted with the turnout. We’re off to a great start with a fine group,” said Voorhees. “The musicians at the meeting were collectively able to play a wide range of instruments including flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, French horn and percussion.”

     But additional musicians and instruments are welcome, he said, adding, “We are especially in need of more trumpets.”

     Voorhees said the new band, which is being organized through Southeastern’s Community Music School, is designed for adults “who may otherwise have limited opportunities to play in a band.”

     “Several of the musicians who attended the first meeting were Katrina evacuees from St. Bernard Parish who played in a community band there before the storm,” Voorhees said. “Now that they are settled on the north shore they are anxious to help form a new band in this area.”

     Musicians interested in participating may contact Voorhees at (985) 345-4537 or

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