It has been decided to cancel tonight's rehearsal, and we'll continue to keep you updated as to our future schedule. Don't quit practicing though....
Minneapolis Public Schools/Community Ed will be making announcements later today about their plans as well. Knowing that information will help us determine our future schedule. This is new territory and appreciate your understanding as we navigate these waters.
Mara is one of our newest band members of North East Community Band, having just joined this past spring. She enjoys playing flute alongside other flautists and piccolo players. She has played flute for 14years now (and played piccolo for 6 of those years as well).
In her non-band life, Mara works as a Registered Nurse (RN) at both a community clinic and a hospital in South Minneapolis. She loves her jobs and the difference she makes in her patients’ lives.
Outside of work she also enjoys cooking, baking, running, hiking, camping, and biking... most recently she has signed up for her first triathalon and hopes to successfully train for and complete that this coming summer.
Her favorite music movie is August Rush. If she could play any other instrument in the band besides the flute and piccolo, she’d want to play the bass clarinet. Her dream job if she could pick anything other than nursing would be to record movie music and be a part of famous scores in well-known movies (really anything by John Williams or Hans Zimmer).
Dave has been with the band since 2003 and plays the alto saxophone; he is also a board member and our part-time music librarian
He recently graduated from college with a Degree in Teaching social studies teacher.
He thinks guitar "is really cool" if he could play any other instrument; and his fun fact---he loves and raises ttortoises!!!
He likes our band because, "NECB is a welcoming group and provides a low-stress environment in which to make music with other people and be challenged to grow as a musician. It's fun, has some great people in it, and is close to home! (It's also the only band I've ever played in, so it's not like I have much to compare it to... :) )".
Jenny -has been with the band since 2016 and plays Flute.
In her regular life she teaches early childhood music, gives private flute and piano instruction, and sees clients for music therapy.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out/food/arts/being outside with her husband Jordan (Trumpet), tutoring Somali women in English, reading fiction, helping at church, spending time with friends and family, and playing with their "awesome" cat Milo.
She is a "jam canning newbie" and hopes to do more--they have cherries, rhubarb, and Concord grapes in their yard, and trying to cultivate raspberries and strawberries.
She loves teaching music and helping people; and if she could play any other instrument, it would be percussion. With NECB band, she enjoys "playing great music with my husband and other fun people in the neighborhood!"