May 27

A sunny day for a New Horizons visit to chapel!

band2-2018Nancy Trudell, Intermountain Board member, coordinated with Chaplain Chris to once again bring the New Horizons Community Band to a Tuesday chapel time in May.  The band has visited campus a number of times before, each time bringing energy and enthusiasm to their music and their interaction with kids and staff. This year, the weather was SO beautiful tat we decided to try something new… a concert on the lawn!

The band is made up of about 70 community members, from a variety of backgrounds, ages and experience who enjoy playing together.  This most recent visit to campus was especially fun, because the program consisted of marches from Star Wars, which is VERY popular with our children in residence. They also played a medley of Disney songs featuring tunes from a Jungle Book to The Little Mermaid.

Chaplain Chris billed the Spring Concert as a special visit from New Horizons, complete with “instrument petting zoo!” It was fun to hear from the children what they expected the “petting zoo” to be. Though no animals were involved, all of the children’s eyes lit up when they learned that they would get a chance to play trumpets, percussion, trombones, and other instruments. It was entertaining to watch one of our littlest guys on campus to play a trombone that was as tall as he was… and he was delighted when he made a sound “like a ‘lphant!”

The children enjoy the relationships they have built with the band members by this point, some of them having seen the band a few times during their treatment. And, of course the band members love the interaction with the children. One band member remarked at the close of the time together… “Well, that was fun! The highlight of my week!”band1-2018