NHBT Band Fest 2019 - Photo: Gary Christie

Band Classes started Sept 9th – see Band Calendar 

New or returning to music?

Five levels of concert band plus enrichment classes in jazz and theory

Thinking of joining? Wondering what instrument to play?  Curious about trying a new instrument?

Join us at our Instrument Exploration Workshop. You’ll be able to try a range of instruments under expert guidance. Volunteers will be there to help with registration. 

When and where: Thursday,  September 12, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Long & McQuade, Band Department (2nd floor), 925 Bloor Street West, Toronto.  Need more details? Contact us, not the store. 

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 environment.

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. Classes are available in daytime  and evening time slots. 

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. 

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

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. The reach of this movement is now truly international. 

Find out more about the New Horizons International Music Association

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