Music helps you to live a longer, healthier, happier life. It gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Playing in a band fosters the retention of social skills, reducing isolation, self-discipline, sharing life with others.
Research shows that playing an instrument helps you to sharpen your memory, retain and even develop fine motor skills. It is a physical and mental work out. Playing also helps you to suppress depression and anxiety. But most of all, IT'S FUN!
A recent article in the NY Times suggests that (re)learning to play a musical instrument will go a long way to keeping your barin as sharp as a 25 year old's!!
"So, make a New Year’s resolution to take up a challenging activity...master a musical instrument. Work that brain. Make it a year to remember."
Getting Involved Registration for next season will begin some time in June. Keep checking here for more info.
LEARNING, LIVING, LAUGHING
You won't only be learning to play an instrument, you'll be meeting and making new friends to play with, in and out of the band room. Making music is important, but that's not all you'll do! (learn more)
New Horizons Bandof Toronto is a band program for mature adults, who wish to play a musical instrument in a friendly group environment.
We have band classes at four distinct levels: band classes for absolute beginners and those who want to re-connect with musical skills they haven't used in years, band classes for people who have been playing for a year or two, and band classes for those more experienced players who want to learn more about playing in a band while making new friends.
Each class meets once a week for two hours. We meet at a hall that is just a short walk from the Ossington station (Dovercourt and Bloor West).
Is coming May 25th and 26th, 7:30pm at the St. Michael's College Arts Centre (Bathurst and St. Clair West). Ticket are only $10 for this amazing showcase concert and available from members or on this website under the tickets sales tab. The evening will feature band classes representing all levels of the program, and an appearance from the Jazz Orchestra and Woodwind Jazz Choir. The evening will be hosted by Lianne Mauladin, Toronto-based comedienne with an international following.
And I quote...
"Being in a band has been on my bucket list for over a decade. When I saw the notice for the New Horizons Band at Long and McQuade, I signed up on the spot. The band is such fun and band night is now definitely my favourite night of the week!" - Jane
"Who knew that the challenges of learning to play music again after 40 some years would be so much fun? " - Michele
"Your best is good enough!", Dr. Roy Ernst, Prof. Eastman School of Music, founder of the New Horizons Band Organization