From its beginning the Vermilion Community Music Association has offered an opportunity to refresh musical abilities and to experience a vast array of music.
It also has offered opportunities to simultaneously enjoy a musical and social atmosphere -- and all of this within a geographic area much larger than the town of Vermilion.
VCMA far exceeds its early ideals of music and recreation, adding education and entertainment to a growing list of goals. These four fundamental goals -- musicianship, recreation, education and entertainment -- allow membership to perform and rehearse in a musical and social environment, and these four goals are the foundation on which VCMA continues to grow.
The band, under the direction of George Harizal, has about 30 members and is always seeking more, especially trumpets and a bell player. Practices begin Oct. 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3747 W. Liberty Ave., Vermilion, and continue 7-9 p.m. every Thursday.
As is true with many community groups, the groups said they frequently hear newer members and prospective members saying things like, "I haven't performed since my school days." Members are quick with encouraging words: "Don't worry, it'll come back to you. Performing is like riding a bike."
No auditions are required.