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East End Arts New Horizons Band Announces Band Director: Matthew Gardiner of Mattituck (posted January 14, 2016)

East End Arts New Horizons Band Announces Band Director: Matthew Gardiner of Mattituck (posted January 14, 2016)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press contact: Stephanie Israel
631-727-0900
sisrael@eastendarts.org
Images available upon request

East End Arts New Horizons Band Announces
Band Director: Matthew Gardiner of Mattituck
Meet him at the public Informational Meeting: Wednesday, January 20

(RIVERHEAD, NY, January 14, 2016) –– East End Arts is pleased to announce Matthew Gardiner of Mattituck has been appointed as the Band Director for their New Horizons Band program for adults. Matthew is a musician, music educator and music director who received his Master of Arts in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music, both from Hunter College in New York. As a music educator, he believes in using music principles and theories to inspire deep and critical thinking through coding and decoding as well as drawing meaning out of text and musical lines. As a director his vision is one that entwines music and community both inside and outside of school. He feels strongly that music can change lives forever. Matthew teaches both instrumental and vocal students privately, leads a youth choir, and was a music director and conductor for the Riverhead Faculty Community Theatre. He has experience in competitive marching bands, playing in jazz bands, leading choirs, musical theatre groups and plays multiple instruments including piano.

The first of its kind on the East End of Long Island, East End Arts New Horizons Band program provides adults ages "50 or better" who have little or no instrumental experience with the opportunity to learn new skills and/or advance their skills and play concert band music in an ensemble of like-minded life-long learners. The program will commence on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 with rehearsals taking place every Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Peconic Community Center located at 970 Peconic Lane in Peconic, NY. Throughout the 15-week semester, the ensemble will rehearse under the baton of Matthew P. Gardiner, East End Arts New Horizons Band Director.

The public is invited to meet Matthew and learn more about the program at an informational meeting for the new East End Arts New Horizons Band program for adults on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Peconic Community Center, 970 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY. In addition to meeting the band director Matthew Gardiner, attendees will learn about the program and can try out instruments of interest on-site (courtesy of Music & Arts of Riverhead, rental agent). Additionally, attendees will meet fellow musicians, the New Horizons Band committee and program registration will also be available. New music, skills and friends await! For more information, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/school/new-horizons.html/event/2016/01/20/new-horizons-adult-band-informational-meeting/114044.

To participate in East End Arts New Horizons Band, advance registration is required and is managed by the East End Arts School, located at 141 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY. For the 15-week semester, the tuition fee for East End Arts members is $250, and for non-members is $300. For more information and to register, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/school/classes.html/event/2016/02/03/-new-east-end-arts-new-horizons-adult-band-program-begins/112516.

The New Horizons Band program was founded 25 years ago by Professor Roy Ernst, the Music Education Department Chair at Eastman School of Music, one of the top music schools in the United States. The New Horizons Bands program has grown to over 215 groups, more than 9,000 participants across the world on three continents, and sponsors numerous summer band camps in North America.

There are many benefits to playing music at any age. Music is a complex activity that helps in memory and motor skills and the coordination of the senses. Music combines physical, mental and social engagement which in turn promotes healthy aging. Music benefits our brain to keep developing it, to keep it active.

Professor Roy Ernst, the founder of the New Horizons program stated: “Playing music in groups supports good mental and physical health, besides being an unending source of joy.”

East End Arts New Horizons Band Planning Committee members are Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director; Mathew Gardiner, East End Arts New Horizons Band Director; Marianne Lewidge, a New Horizons Band founding member; Sussane Jansson, a music enthusiast; Joseph Albanese, Manager of Music & Arts in Riverhead, NY; Daniel Cohen, Manager of Music & Arts in Riverhead, NY; and Gene Lamendola, East End Arts School music faculty.

About East End Arts
East End Arts is a multi-award winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island, NY since 1972, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. East End Arts is committed to building and enriching community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy and inspiration. Each year, East End Arts: exhibits 22 gallery shows in at least three locations, showcasing our community's talent, which provides presenting opportunities for roughly 800 artists in all disciplines; offers over 150 educational art, music, and theater programs as well as private music instruction to our region year-round, serving over 800 children and adults annually; presents over 15 events to celebrate the regions' rich artistic background; provides professional development and resources for both emerging and established artists through workshops, cultural arts forums and access to resources through social media and the web serving over 7,000 individuals; promotes local artists and musicians through education, presentation and community initiatives; and, presents programs for very low or no fee. To learn more about East End Arts, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/. In addition to visual arts class and workshops, the East End Arts School also has over 200 students each semester studying various instruments privately and/or in group sessions, including voice, piano, drums, violin, guitar, and band and orchestral instruments, as well as music composition. Limited scholarship opportunities are available. For more information about private music instruction, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/school/private.html.

For more information, contact Diane Giardi, Education Director at the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171 or dgiardi@eastendarts.org.
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefits the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.