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Release: April 4, 2001

Senior citizens, middle-schoolers to perform at IMU April 5

In a vivid demonstration that music can be a lifelong endeavor, 165 sixth-graders and 50 senior citizens will perform separately and together Thursday, April 5, on the University of Iowa campus.

The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the second-floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The sixth-graders will be directed by Steve King. And the senior citizens, all members of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center New Horizons Band, will be directed by Don Coffman, Ph.D., the band's founder and an associate professor of music education in the UI College of Education. The New Horizons Band will play first, followed by the Linn-Mar band. Then the bands will merge to rehearse two tunes in a clinic setting.

"I want to reinforce that music-making can be a lifelong activity," Coffman said. "The young people have a chance to see what people their grandparents' age enjoy doing and the people in my New Horizons band have an opportunity to appreciate the efforts of these students. We have plenty of activities that are age-segregated and not enough activities in our society that encourage mingling of diverse generations for a common pursuit."

For more information about the event, or about the New Horizons Band, contact Coffman at (319) 335-3026, or via e-mail at