Local Band Proves Anyone Can Start A New Hobby At Any Age

If you would like to hear the group perform:

-May 6th, JMU Anthony Seeger Auditorium, 7p.m.

-May 23rd, Avante Care Facility, 2p.m.

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- One local band proves you can pick up a new instrument or hobby, at any age.

Many of the performers in the group New Horizons depend on this group as a way to add structure to their life.

For many of these retirees, this is their first time picking up an instrument.

Will Dabback, the Band Director, said its not just about what you sing, but what you learn through the song.

"Once you retire, you lose that. Those structures are gone and people start searching for whats going to replace those structures," said Dabback.

Knute Leidal put down his french horn after leaving high school, more than 50 years ago.

Now with his free time, he is picking the instrument back up.

"There is an obligation to learn your music and practice so you don't let the rest of the group down," said Leidal.

Dabback said it is also rewarding to watch people overcome the fear, of starting a new hobby at an older age.

With the performance right around the corner, he said your best is always good enough.

"The pressure of completing the activity is all consuming. You don't think of anything else," said Leidal.

Like many of the other performers, Leidal said this group kept him going from age 70 to 78, proving to himself you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to, at any age.

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