DeBy Kathy L. Collins

Did you take music lessons or study a musical instrument when you were younger? Have you ever wanted to pick up and play the instrument again as a part of an orchestra? If you are 21 years and older and want to get back to playing your beloved instrument, come out and join The New Directions Orchestra, Inc.

The New Directions Orchestra, Inc. was founded in February 2012. It is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Founder, President and Conductor, E. Douglas Deck said, “The first year was for formation, and the second year is for growth.”

The orchestra has 29 instrumentalists, but they are in need of instrumentalists who are in the intermediate range of knowing how to play their instruments for Tuba, Bassoon, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Cello, Bass Strings, Percussion, Violins and Violas.

The New Directions Orchestra, Inc. meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church located at 121 Carver St. in Brandon in Room 201 on the second floor.

Cost for membership in The New Directions Orchestra, Inc. is only $40 per month. The sponsor of the orchestra is Music Showcase.

In addition to a fabulous orchestra, if you are interested in joining a chorus, there are opportunities for you with The New Directions Chorus, Inc.  The Chorus meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Room 201.

Deck invites all musicians and singers to “Come and join us. Help launch our second year of making the magic of music happen in our lives as well as in the live of those who come and listen to us perform.” Deck added, “You’re never too young or too old to learn to play a musical instrument. It does not matter if you join a band or an orchestra or simply take up music lessons.”

Deck said, “Thank you for your consideration of visiting and/or joining this exciting adventure in the world of making the magic of music happen by being a member of an orchestra or part of the chorus.”

For more information on The New Directions Orchestra, Inc. and The New Directions Chorus, Inc., please contact Deck at 671-4278 or email him at


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