Monday, June 08, 2015

The Amazing Worthington City Band

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is The Amazing Worthington City Band, a Minnesota-based intergenerational band whose membership ranges in age from 8th grade to older adults, or “the most wisdomed tune makers”.

(Check our archives for parts 1-46.)

Young and old practice at the Worthington Senior High School and then share their concert tunes at 7:30, Wednesday nights at Chautauqua Park next to the beautiful Lake Okabena.

City Band Concerts begin their summer kick-off on May 28th, Memorial Day at 11:00 in the park supporting the American Legion and VFW’s 'Salute to our Servicemen and Women'.

About 200 community members come out each Wednesday to celebrate music and tap their toes with the Amazing Worthington City Band.

A ten minute intermission features local talent and the kiddies get to take part in a special march topped off with a treat.

The billowing breeze off the lake, the soaking sunshine throughout the shadows, and the happy giggles coming from the squeaking swings all add to the great time all ages have on Wednesday nights in Worthington down by the lake.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

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