Outreach Performances

  • trying instruments at the Seniors Resource Centre
  • NHB at dinner
  • Outreach
  • Classical popular
  • NHB
  • Adult band
  • Prince George

Band recordings on soundcloud


These are  random rehersal/concert recordings.


New Horizons Band

Fill your life with music, new friends, fun, and accomplishment in our adult band.

Next season starts monday september 8th 2014

Monday from 500-730 at 1st Baptist Church. Join any time. Call Simon at 250-563-4693

Now in our third year!

New beginner group running from 5-6

Membership allows you to attend both groups.The 6 to 730 group is playing at a 2-3 level. The beginner group is just that. We are using Standard of excellence for both groups , books 1 and 3 at the moment. We also play sheet music.

This is a very nice group of people. This is a band for those who want to inprove and learn as well as enjoying everything else.


Playing music is a special joy and it will help you maintain mental and physical health. It is also a way of experiencing life: playing music from the past keeps us in touch with those feelings; daily practice keeps us active in the present, and striving for new goals attaches us to the future.

One band member describes it as “serious fun.” As a member of the New Horizons Music®, you will meet new friends and work with them as a team to learn music for concerts and other performances in the community

. New Horizons ensembles typically perform many times each year in venues ranging from formal concerts to shopping malls to parks to retirement and nursing homes.

Simon talks about the band on cbc



Learn to play music in a band or orchestra as a senior adult -- even if you have no musical experience!

As an adult, you have advantages that will help you learn music. If you played an instrument in school years ago, you will be amazed at how much you remember and how quickly you will be able to play again. Even if you’ve never played music, you are already familiar with the sound of a lot of the music that will be included in your early instruction.

Most adults are more motivated, self-disciplined, and have more time to practice than their younger counterparts. If you attend lessons and practice, you’ll be playing music before you know it! From then on, it’s even more fun to play with others in classes, chamber music groups, bands and orchestras.

In one study, nearly everyone who participated in a New Horizons Music® felt that their accomplishments met or exceeded their expectations. It?s Easy and Fun! “This is a life after retirement. You can take the boy out of the band, but you can’t take the band out of the boy.” -A New Horizons Music® member

Re-learn to play the instrument that you played earlier in life. Choose an instrument that has a sound or look that you like. Check with Simon to see which instrument is needed in the band. When selecting an instrument, keep in mind that in a very small number of cases, physical characteristics may indicate that a particular instrument will be relatively easy or difficult. Options can be discussed with the music teacher.

Getting Started

“I love making music a part of each day, new friendships, and band camps.” -A New Horizons Music® member Use Your Own. If you already have an instrument or if you’ll be using an instrument that your children left behind, be sure to take it into a repair shop to make sure that it is in excellent working condition. Some music students become frustrated because they try to learn on an instrument that no one can play.

Rent an Instrument.

Music dealers in your area rent instruments for a very reasonable monthly fee. It is usually possible to exchange for another instrument if you change your mind. Talk to your New Horizons teacher and check the yellow pages. In many cases, a music dealer has been involved in planning your local New Horizons program and will understand your special needs. Buy an Instrument. Once you’re certain of the instrument you’d like to play, purchase one at your local music store. It is recommended that you learn the basics on a particular instrument before making a purchase. Coles Woodwinds give a 10% discount on all instrument purchases for NH band members

The first New Horizons Band was started by professor Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music in 1991. It was supported by grants from NAMM. the International Music Products Association and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers (NABIM). The word spread through articles in publications such as The New York Times and a feature spot on The Today Show and eventually the program expanded to include bands, orchestras and other ensembles.

Today there are more than 100 New Horizons Music programs in the United States and Canada with many more in the planning phase. For more information on New Horizons Music, visit www.newhorizonsmusic.org History of New Horizons Music® Local Information NHBBrochure_05.indd 2 4/6/05 8:07:21 AM

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For Families

Some of the happiest memories I have of my childhood are concerts I went to with my parents. I didn't always undertand all the music but I sensed its depth and magic.

All children accompanied by an adult are admitted without charge to Alban Classical Concerts.

Membership Fee

Fees are $140 for 14 consecutive weeks. This is a materials and membership fee.

You can start at any time.

At the end of 14 weeks you can sign up for another 14 weeks (level 2 band). The AC New Horizons Band has no end date.


Having players commit for a set time makes it easier for us to budget for music/instrument purchases.



AGM Notice

Will be held at 6pm on Feb 23 at the 1st Baptist Church on 5th Ave.