New Horizons ‘kicks’ off 11th year of music

       The New Horizons Band opened its 11th year with a jazz concert at the First Evangelical Free Church Jan. 25.

Ed Nuccio (left) leads the New Horizons Kicks Band Jan. 25 during a fundraiser jazz concert for the First Evangelical Free Church, where the band also practices. Kicks is one of five New Horizons bands.
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       A crowd of more than 50 people heard old-time favorites such as “Cool” (from the “Westside Story” musical), “Tiger Rag” and “Groovin' Hard.” The main group was the 18-piece Kicks Band, with songs also performed by ensembles within it.
       The band leader is Ed Nuccio, assisted by his wife Mary. Ed is a former Air Force Academy band member who taught at Cheyenne Mountain High School for 30 years.
       The Nuccios oversee five bands in all, as well as smaller spin-off groups, which play around town. The church is one of the practice locations (Monday and Wednesday nights).
       The event was a fundraiser for the church, at 820 N. 30th St. “We had an extremely generous offering for First Free and we were so pleased about that,” Mary said afterward. “They are the best people in the world.”
       New Horizons, a nonprofit organization, welcomes new members, although at the moment there is no band for beginning musicians.
       Members pay a fee of $3 per participation hour, the website states.
       For more information, call 634-2463 or go to

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