Gathering of NHBT members before The Beat Goes On Concert May 26, 2018 . Photo:Tim Lowe

It's Never Too Late

Find out more about New Horizons Band of Toronto
About Us

New Horizons Band of Toronto is a band program for mature adults who wish to play a musical instrument in a friendly group environment.

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 at 789 Dovercourt Rd (just north of Bloor) and near Ossington TTC station. Classes are available in daytime  and evening time slots. 

In addition to the regular band classes, our programme provides opportunities for our members to improve their skills by participating in small ensembles and performing within our community.

For more information about our music program, or about registration, see About Us

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

Patricia, Doug & Donna in Concert
Dan Kapp in Concert
Doug in Concert

Being a

Music helps you to live a longer, healthier, happier life. Playing in a band fosters social skills, reduces isolation, strengthens self-discipline and helps people share life with others. 

Research shows that playing an instrument helps you to sharpen your memory and retain and even develop fine motor skills. It is a physical and mental workout that helps suppress anxiety and depression. Most of all, IT’S FUN!

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! Work that brain and make it a year to remember.

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. Making music is important, but that’s not all you’ll 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 Roy Ernst. Dr. Ernst is professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Membership in the international support group provides many benefits. In September 2017, more than a dozen of our players spent a week at a New Horizons camp at the Orford Music Centre near Sherbrooke, Quebec. The Montreal N.H. band was the sponsor. It was the first ever New Horizons camp in Canada.