CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 6, 2000
Senior citizens, middle-schoolers to perform at Clapp April 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Old and young will come together to make music at Clapp
Recital Hall Friday, April 7.
The Iowa City New Horizons Band and about 40 students from Hill Middle School
in Naperville, Ill., will play together and separately during a 1:30 p.m.
concert at Clapp. The combined bands will open with a Sousa march, then New
Horizons will perform for about half an hour before Hill Middle School performs
a number of pieces.
The event is free and open to the public.
New Horizons, which is made up of senior citizens, is directed by its founder
Don D. Coffman, an associate professor of music education at the University
of Iowa. Coffman was recently quoted in a Washington Post article about the
psychological and social benefits derived by seniors from learning to read
music and play instruments.
Following Friday's performance, Coffman will conduct a music clinic for
the Naperville students.
"We want to show these young people that music is a life-long behavior,"