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 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.
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
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.