It is 7:30 a.m. and 9 Instrument fitters from Port Huron Music Center are almost ready to begin their day visiting the middle school in Marysville. What is an instrument fitter one asks? From the student point of view, this is the person who brings a number of band instruments to their school and allows the student to try blowing into each instrument in order to help them determine what instrument is best for them.
The process of fitting is repeated at many elementary schools in various Michigan counties in the Spring of the year. The results of the fitting is recorded for each student and used to help them schedule classes for the year. Hundreds of 4th and 5th graders have now completed the fitting exercise this year.
One might wonder what type of person does the fitting exercise with students. There is a large percentage of fitters that are retired from music instruction. The remainder are dedicated to music and wish to help promote music by serving as a fitter. I am not a teacher of music but find the process of completing a fitting can be gratifying. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the grin of a child when they have experienced the first sound made into the instrument; this often comes after the student says “I can’t do it” and now find it possible. My favorite response heard this year from a 10 year old was “I have waited for this all my life”.
I have used Marysville students in the above but that does not mean it is the only school visited by the Port Huron Music Center fitters. We also have fitted schools in Michigan counties St. Clair, Sanilac, Clio, Lapeer, Genesee, Ingham (not an exhaustive list).
The above dialog presents the beginning step a brand new player executes when learning to play an instrument. This process will also be the first step if you are an adult. Once you get the chosen instrument to your lips, the fun begins. Blue Water New Horizons Music will be hosting a session for new players in early Fall. If you cannot wait that long, you are encouraged to call or visit Port Huron Music Center and they will point you in the direction for getting setup in the correct learning environment. If you only need a refresher for an instrument you have played before, we can handle that also.
Interested in seeing the band? They will be performing at Lighthouse Park on Sunday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m.
The Blue Water New Horizons Band was founded in 1998 by current director Patrick Dempsey & David Teeple. Recently, they celebrated their 20th anniversary of music here in Port Huron. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
The band started out with only 8 members back in the old days but has since grown in size. Still, they wish to increase their numbers and help put music either back in the lives of those who played in the past or introduce music to someone who never got a chance to pick up an instrument before.
If you have any questions for the band, you can contact them at BWNewHorizonsMusic@gmail.com.