Creative 360 welcomes back The New Reformation Band for a Yes We Can! concert on Friday, February 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $15 prepaid and $18 at the door. Bring your own beverage. Call 989-837-1885 or register to attend on Creative 360’s website at becreative360.org.
The New Reformation Band (NRB) is celebrating their 50th year! During a cold Michigan winter in 1970, seven musicians gathered in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Saginaw in a shocking yet highly successful effort to enhance the service with jazz. All of the musicians had played “jazz” before, just not in church, and not with each other. With the exception of the Opperman brothers on piano and banjo, most were shaking hands for the first time. 50 years later the NRB is still having a great time performing and has given thousands of performances worldwide.
Musicians include Dave Bennet on clarinet, John Hill IV on drums, Dave Kadwell on banjo and guitar, Terry Kimura on trombone, Chris Smith on tuba, Dave Tatrow on trumpet and founding member Dave Opperman plays piano and leads the group. Their repertoire encompasses Dixieland, ragtime, blues, big band, and swing… “the hot music that lifts spirits.” It delivers beautiful harmonics reinforced by a beat that sets toes tapping.
About Yes We Can!
Seven years ago, Creative 360 developed an innovative program designed to recognize and honor the contributions of people who are 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing segment of our population has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. The Yes We Can! program gives people of all ages ongoing opportunities to engage with, and learn from, this dynamic group of senior presenters.
Since the program began in the winter of 2014, Creative 360 has celebrated more than 350 Great Lakes Bay artists, scholars, scientists, and community leaders. These octogenarians inspire everyone to be more active and to realize we can all be contributing community members at any age!
Thanks to Garber Automotive, Gavin and Associates, Janet Martineau, Northwood University’s NADA Hotel and Conference Center, and Space Studios for sponsoring this year’s program. For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at becreative360.org or call 989-837-1885.
If you know of someone who is (or soon will be) 80 or above and should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Creative 360
Creative 360 is celebrating 25 years as a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization. 25 years ago, Cynthia Keefe and Linda Z. Smith founded “The Creative Spirit Center” with a vision to make creativity accessible to all. Since then, the nonprofit has become Creative 360 and welcomed countless people through its doors to express, expand and experience the creative process in all its forms. Creative 360’s mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.