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May 24, 2005 > Newark does it again

Newark does it again

by Jane Butterfield

How does Newark maintain that "small town feeling" and why do Newark residents never want to leave? Perhaps it is because Newark continues to provide an outstanding array of recreational and community events. This tradition makes for unforgettable fun.

Newark thrives on small town events. For example, if you visit the new Silliman Aquatic Center, you are sure to find a truckload of beaming children, friends and family members splashing around together in one of the largest community aquatic centers in the country.

Newark consistently shines when it comes to celebrating seasonal events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Newark Days Community Birthday Bash, where colorful clowns and face -painted children mingle on newly mown lawns. These kite-flying, sun-drenched afternoons are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell paintings.

Music has always been central to the Newark community vision. Newark annually hosts the wildly popular Music in the Park concert series, at the Shirley Sisk Grove near NewPark Mall. These concerts consistently attract both multi- talented local artists and satisfied crowds, with music as raucous or melodic as Motown, Big Band and Carlos Santana.

Soon Newark residents will enjoy a new musical sensation- The Newark Area Symphonic Winds. This newly formed band is the brainchild of multi- talented musical teacher and director, Kevin Hanson. With help from local musicians such as Sheryl and Carl Medford, Hanson has organized a coalition of local residents and musicians who are committed to both musical excellence and high performance standards.

During the day, Hanson works as a full time music teacher in Newark's local elementary schools, but on Monday evenings you will find him at Newark Memorial High School, directing The Winds. Hanson's dream is not only to showcase the talents of local musicians, but also to bring the community together for enjoyable musical events and evening concerts.

The band is comprised of both wind and percussion instruments. Although local musicians must audition for openings, no one is discouraged from joining. "We never turn anyone away," said. Hanson. "As long as you are willing to hone your skills, you are welcome to join." Hanson's wife Miho is a talented flautist and avid musician.

Approximately 25 local musicians attend regular Monday evening practices at Newark Memorial High School. The band is currently looking for percussionists and wind musicians. If you want more information or are interested in joining, please stop by the high school on Monday evening. The band practices from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the music room across from the gym. You may also contact Hanson at

As an added community treat, The Newark Area Symphonic Winds will perform a free "year-end" concert on Saturday, June 18, at the Harbor Light Assembly of God Church located at 4760 Thornton Ave. in Fremont with guest artist Brad Catania, a local professional trumpet player. The public is cordially invited to attend.

The Newark Area Symphonic Winds
Saturday, June 18
4 p.m.
Harbor Light Assembly of God Church
4760 Thornton Ave., Fremont

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