John Schutz

Leora Zeitlin

Most Americans know the music of Henry Mancini, including his renowned “Pink Panther” theme, but fewer know the composers Clare Grundman and John Edmondson, though they each wrote prolifically for band. All three are among the composers to be featured in the December concert of the New Horizons Band, conducted by John Schutz. Schutz came to KRWG to talk with Intemezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert, which will also include an appearance by the Good Time Singers, conducted by his wife, Diane Schutz.

Leora Zeitlin

Conductors John Schutz and Judy Bethmann have brought the joy of music to thousands of young people over several decades as school band directors. Now they find that they are leading some of their students’ parents – and even grandparents – in the New Horizons Band, a local ensemble that is part of an international movement of community bands for people over 50. “A lot of times, the grandparents go hear the kids play. Now, the grandkids are coming to hear grandma and grandpa play. So, it’s pretty exciting,” says Schutz.