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Catawba Valley New Horizons Band

New Horizons began in Hickory under the direction of Len Allman in September 2009. Initially we were under the umbrella of several different non-profit agencies but became a non-profit organization in 2015. What began as a band with 7 members grew to include the band, a string orchestra and 2 smaller ensembles. Pre-covid, we were at about 60 members. We are excited to see old and new members, both beginning and seasoned players, returning as we continue to make music together.

The Catawba Valley New Horizons Band includes brass, woodwind and percussion instruments such as; flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, tuba, baritone, trombone, and all kinds of percussion instruments to name a few.

Catawba Valley New Horizons Band

Because we play all kinds of music, there is something for everyone.

We meet September through May. We have two, 16 week semesters, with tuition being $150.00 per semester.
We also perform several concerts a year.

We meet Wednesday mornings from 9:00am-11:30am in the rehearsal room at The SALT Block, 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory, NC.

Please come join us! See the “Contact Us” section for more information. We are happy to answer any questions.

Our Band Director

Catawba Valley New Horizons Band Director

Photo Credit: Mikeala Skelton

Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music, joined Lenoir-Rhyne in 1997. He teaches music history and appreciation and applied brass lessons on trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Over the course of the past twenty-six years, he’s had the privilege of working with the jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, pep bands, concert band, wind ensemble, and wind symphony. Nigrelli has also been music director for ten musicals at Lenoir-Rhyne, including most recently FUN HOME, and the 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. He has served multiple terms as and again currently serves as coordinator of the music program.

Dr. Nigrelli is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Western Piedmont Symphony. and also served on the Board of Directors for the LHS Foundation, the governing body for the Harper School of Performing Arts, based in Lenoir, North Carolina. He was a member-at-large for the Board of Directors at the inception of the North Carolina Bandmasters Jazz Section. Dr. Nigrelli is the Camp Director for Lenoir-Rhyne Summer Youth Music, which will be in its 11th year in 2024. He regularly conducts jazz and concert band clinics and brass master classes throughout the region.

Dr. Nigrelli held the position of principal trombone in the Western Piedmont Symphony for 19 years. He enjoys performing frequently throughout the southeast, most notably in past work as founding member of the former Charlotte Brass Quintet and Charlotte Chamber Brass, and the Palmetto Posaunen. He is a past winner of the International Trombone Association’s Robert Marsteller Solo Competition.

Dr. Nigrelli received his Doctor of Musical Arts in trombone performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Contact Information

For Band: Karin Blanchard

For Orchestra: Karen Sain

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