Community band reaches out with CD

The Terrace Community Band is taking its sound to newborns, children and the young at heart with the release of its first CD.

The Terrace Community Band has made a CD of music for newborns

The Terrace Community Band is taking its sound to newborns, children and the young at heart with the release of its first CD.

Melodies and Memories: Concert Band Music for Kids and the Young at Heart” is expected to be released in January 2017 and will be available in the baskets of items for newborns that the public health centre gives out, thus making it available to all newborns in Terrace and the Nass Valley, says Morgan Molina, Terrace Community Band Society president and CD coordinator.

The CD is a community outreach initiative that the band has wanted to do for a long time but didn’t have an audience in mind so it wasn’t done until now, she explained.

Molina joined the band two years ago and then joined the executive as a director.

After having her first child one-year-and-a-half ago, she received a basket of items for her baby that included a book, CD and other items, and says she has used the CD quite a bit since then.

She suggested to the band that the audience for a CD they recorded could be kids and their fans who are “young at heart,” and the band agreed to it.

The choice of songs to record on the CD was left to band director Geoff Parr, who chooses the songs for the band’s performances and has a great knack for it, says Molina. She thought it would be a great idea to make sure newborns get the CD in the baskets and approached Success By 6 with her idea.

Success by 6 coordinator Darlene Westerman agreed to it and her successor Jan Dolan eagerly agreed as well once she saw the proposal, says Molina.

Besides having a name, the CD also has cover art and wording –– colouring contest sheets went out to kids and four came back to the band, she says. Then two band members, Christina Ward and Teale de Lange, took over to do the artwork and wording.

The band recorded its songs in a different way, creating a fuller sound and Molina says it sounds even better than they expected it would.

In addition to being put with the items in newborns’ baskets, Molina says she will be going to local businesses soon and asking them about selling the CD, so they should be available there in the new year.

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