Tribute to Caroline

700BandGroupPhoto.jpg Caroline's daughter Lucy pictured (in dark blue) with the band after the tribute concert.


Caroline joined the the New Horizons Band of Gulfport (NHBand) in January, 2009. At that time, the band practiced on the campus of Eckerd College under the direction of David Irwin. Originally from England, she played in a brass ensemble as a young adult while in the U.K.

Like many members of the NHBand, she had put music on hold while she married, had three children, and moved with her husband and children to the United States.

She bought a trumpet and began her musical journey, joining the trumpet section of the NHBand. She always had a great aptitude for music and practiced daily, almost for the fun of it. Soon,she had taught herself to play the trombone - a bass clef instrument - following several years of playing trumpet which is a treble clef instrument.

She joined the Pasadena Community Band as a trombone player. Now she was a member of two bands. Other bands in the area caught her eye and she joined the Second Time Arounders, the Masonic Band and the Pinellas Park Orchestra.

However, thoughout the years, she remained the principal trombonist for the NHBand which moved to Gulfport in 2016. Many of the songs that we played at her memorial concert featured trombone solos and riffs that she had worked so hard to perfect for performing these pieces. Below we have a selection of pictures taken at the concert and you will notice the yellow boutonnieres that the band chose to wear for her. The color symbolizes "friendship like a yellow rose, rememberance like a yellow ribbon, and brightness like her personality."


700-M-3831.jpg

700M-3641.jpg


700-3665.jpg


700-M-3636.jpg


700-3653.jpg


700-M-3689.jpg


The New Horizons Band of Gulfport

Do you play a musical instrument or would you like to learn?
All that is required is a desire to play an instrument.
The style of instruction is entirely supportive
and free of competition and intimidation.
Your best is always good enough !
Join us on Tuesday Nights at the Gulfport Senior Center.


Here are some more pictures taken at our concert for Caroline:

215-DSCF3674.jpg
215-DSCF3733.jpg
215-DSCF3763.jpg
215-M-DSCF3666.jpg
215-M-DSCF3715.jpg
215-M-DSCF3724.jpg
215-M-DSCF3775.jpg
215-M-DSCF3781.jpg
215-M-DSCF3798.jpg

In order to maintain a high standard of instruction the New Horizon Band of Gulfport
hires instructors from colleges and schools, each week.
This is a major expense along with renting venues to hold concerts.
None of these expenses are passed on to concert audiences.
All performances are free and open to the public.
It is a way for the Band to increase Community Enrichment by sharing live music.


Thank you to all the many people who contributed to this web page,
especially Joe Comosy who took the pictures.


POEM