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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," Coffman said.