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Calling all adults: New community band is for you

Byron CenterVan Singel Fine Arts Center is starting the first Byron Center Community Band this spring for adults in the community to create and share music with others. 

Community Band is an opportunity for adults with a minimum of high-school-level band experience with brass or woodwind instruments. Interested individuals can dust off their old instruments or assistance will be provided to those who need a loaner. 

Byron Center parent and BCCB organizer Nicole Gdowski said she and her husband, West Middle School math teacher Jeff Gdowski, missed playing in community bands since starting a family and wanted to start one in Byron Center. 

“My twin girls are 8 years old and I finally have time to commit myself to the community, (and) I have a strong desire to play again,” she said. 

Byron Center High School Fine Arts Director Marc Townley, who will direct the new ensemble, is leading a Beat & Greet mixer and rehearsal to gauge community interest on Monday, May 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the BCHS band room. No commitment is required for attendance.

“Anything that brings our community together will have a positive impact,” Townley said. “Making music can bring people together of all ages and backgrounds and is one of the most rewarding experiences.”

Those interested can RSVP here or email joinbccb@gmail.com with any questions. 

Van Singel Fine Arts Center is starting the first Byron Center Community Band in spring 2024

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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