NHBT Band Fest 2019 - Photo: Gary Christie

Music Classes!

Membership and Class Registration for Term 2 of the 2022-2023 season is now closed

The Term 1 Weekly Agenda for the 2023-24 season will be available soon

Our Term 1 Classes will begin in September with professional instruction at five levels of concert band and two levels of big band

Our members join in-person or via our live-streaming

What have we been up to?

We offer in-person Concert Band and Big Band classes, now with the option of joining remotely

Online Musicianship and Workshop classes continue

These are offered at different class levels to meet your needs

We provide lots of other ways to engage with others while you continue to develop your musicianship

It’s never too late to join us, and it has never been easier to take part in learning music

We're Now Preparing for the first term of our 2023-24 Regular Program

Inaugural Instrument Loan Program for Beginners

For those just starting with NHBT as Beginners, loaner instruments will be provided to each new registrant in the Beginner I program. Participants can choose from concert woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.

Not sure which instrument to choose? Join one of our workshops where you can learn about and try playing all instruments, under the guidance of our music professionals!  

Loaner instruments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to new members, and class sizes are capped at twenty people.

Already own a concert band instrument? Bring your instrument to our workshop, where a representative from Long and McQuade will assess and make any repair recommendations.

Click on Contact Us to start a conversation or for further details.

Here’s some recent media coverage on our music program:

 City News ~ A Band for Adult Music Students

Registration for Summer 2020 Online Classes
Summer classes start at the beginning of July 2020. All classes will be offered online this year.
Members of the Regular Program for 2019-2020 can register for our summer classes via the Members page (login required). 
New to NHBT or returning from past years?  We welcome you to our summer program of online classes.

New or returning to music?

NHBT has 5 levels of concert band plus enrichment classes in jazz and theory.

It's Never Too Late

Find out more about New Horizons Band of Toronto
About Us

The Beat Goes On Concert ~ June 1, 2019

New Horizons Band of Toronto is a music education and performance program for mature adults who wish to play a concert band instrument in a friendly group setting.  Concert band instruments are:  flute,  oboe,  bassoon,  clarinet,  saxophone,  trumpet,  French horn,  euphonium,  trombone,  tuba,  bells, xylophone,  drums & many other percussion instruments.  We offer band classes ranging from absolute beginner to advanced levels, conducted by experienced, professional music directors.  The two-hour classes are held once per week in the daytime or evening.  We also offer enrichment classes in jazz performance and music theory.  All classes are held at 662 Victoria Park Ave (North-West corner of Victoria Park and Danforth Ave) immediately south of the Victoria Park subway and bus TTC station.  For more information about our music program see About Us.

NHBT members perform regularly in the community in large and small ensembles.  To ask a question or to have us perform at your event, submit  a Contact Us form.

 For insight into how music and NHBT can enrich your life, watch the TVO documentary about our band entitled The Beat Goes On

Being a “Super-ager”…

A New York Times article (December 2016) suggested that (re)learning to play a musical instrument will go a long way to keeping your brain as sharp as when you were 25!  So, take up a challenging activity…master a musical instrument!

Learning, Living, Laughing

You won’t only learn to play an instrument; you’ll be meeting and making new friends in and out of the band room.  Band is a great place to meet other adults who love music as much as you do.

Your best is good enough!

Dr. Roy Ernst, Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music, and founder of the New Horizons International Music Association

It's wonderful being a part of a band again, but even better being a part of this caring community.


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!


New Horizons Band of Toronto is a member of New Horizons International Music Association

The New Horizons movement was founded more than two decades ago by Dr. Roy Ernst, professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. The reach of this movement is now truly international.  Find out more about the New Horizons International Music Association.

Thank you to our Supporters


We're one of Canada's many Community Bands & Orchestras

New Horizons Band of Toronto is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity

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