BOUNTIFUL — If your instrument is spending too much time in the closet, these days, then Bountiful City is looking for you.
The city is currently in the process of forming its own community band, open to musicians of all ages from Bountiful, Woods Cross, West Bountiful and the surrounding area. Senior citizens and teens are equally welcome to join the group, which is seeking performers for all positions.
“If you have an instrument and want to come set the world on fire, we’d love to have you,” said Karl Keyes, who is helping to organize the group. “Just call us and let us know what instrument you play and what kind of music you like.”
The idea for the band was inspired by the wealth of musicians in the area who may have played in high school or college, but have only found limited opportunities to play since. Since the band is in the process of forming, all instruments are welcome at the moment.
“Over the year’s we’ve had some alumni bands play at the various schools,” said Keyes. “They had some senior citizens in there, and they had some good sounds.”
The specific sounds that the Bountiful Community Band will share with the world, however, are still up in the air. The band hasn’t yet found a conductor, and won’t decide things such as musical selections until the conductor and a functional band are in place.
“We’re going to have to get some harmony and go from there,” he said. “There are still some questions that have to be answered, but they’ll be answered by the participants.”
The amount of time commitment expected of band members is another question that will have to be decided later, since Keyes and other organizers will be looking for a consensus on the practice schedule.
“We’d have to have a meeting or two before we could set that up,” he said. “I have a feeling that will depend on the support we get.”
Whatever the details turn out to be, city officials are already looking forward to having an active community band in the area.
“He and the majority of the city council are totally in favor of this,” he said. “In fact, I can’t think of one (city council member) who isn’t.”
Though the band welcomes high school and even junior high students who might be interested, Keyes said that there’s probably a practical lower barrier when it comes to age limits.
“Little Johnny, who is 5 years old and plays the harmonica, would probably be encouraged to practice for another couple of years,” he said.
Still, that leaves plenty of residents open to joining the group. Though there are no official deadlines for the formation of the band, Keyes encourages those who are interested to call as soon as possible so the band can get things rolling.
“We want to get some practice in before the snow makes it too slick to walk outside,” he said.
For more information or to become a charter member of the band, call Keyes at 801-824-8687. He requests that no calls be made on a Sunday.