Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Music feels good at any age

The experts I work with at the UIndy Center for Aging & Community tell me that healthy aging at all stages of life includes pursuing activities and hobbies that you’re interested in and that make you feel good.

Though not necessarily prompted by age, I recently rejoined the Indianapolis Municipal Band after an absence of about four years -- and it feels great to be back. As I sit in my 4th Horn chair in the middle of the group, I look around and see an interesting mix of musicians.

There’s a healthy amount of gray and white hair. Then I glance to the trombone section and see what can’t be more than a 13-year-old boy. And there is every age in between, from high school to those in the middle of life, like me. I never thought much about it before, but remarkably, we all play nicely together, figuratively and literally. Our music also comes in all ages, from classical compositions to works from modern composers; from swing to contemporary Broadway. It is no secret that music is a tonic that transcends human divisions and brings together unlikely partners. In this band, there is no generation gap. It is a perfect intergenerational activity, where all ages work together toward a common goal.

The band is currently preparing a concert to honor United States Veterans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey, approximately 66% of living veterans are 55 years old or older. As a concert band musician, one of the most touching experiences for me is seeing the gratitude and emotion displayed by older veterans as they rise proudly to be remembered, honored and applauded by the crowd during their military group’s anthem in the Armed Forces medley. In the case of aging veterans who attend concerts, this qualifies as pursuing an activity that makes you feel good and contributes to healthy aging.

This year, the Indianapolis Municipal Band is privileged to feature as guest conductor, Col. Michael J. Colburn, current director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

Veterans deserve and are appreciative of the tribute we will perform.  If you know a veteran who might have trouble getting out, I encourage you to bring them to a free concert on Sunday, November 6 at 3pm in the Great Hall of the Indiana State Museum.You might just make their day.

Lidia Dubicki
CAC Project Assistant

1 Comment:

Indiana State Museum said...

Thanks for the mention! The museum also has a popular photo board with pics of veterans, current military, etc. submitted by family members. Its hard to look at without getting choked up...