FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking about joining the band and have some questions, check out the items below. 

If you can’t find the answer to your question Contact Us

Have all the information you need and ready to register your interest? Join NHBT

Dan Kapp founded NHBT in 2010. You can find Dan’s story on our “leadership” page.  

Dan & Lisa Kapp built the organization with the help of many volunteers and then retired from their leadership and support roles in June of 2018 to Nova Scotia. We like to keep in close contact with them and their honorary lifetime membership in NHBT means that they are welcome at any time!

They have left behind a dedicated Board of Directors, professional music educators and a host of volunteers to continue what they began. 

The program is geared toward mature adults, usually around 50+, but no one checks ID, so we do have a few members as young as 30. The program will give you an opportunity to have fun making music, to make new friends, and keep your mind and body active.  This program is not designed for school-aged children.

Yes! This program was created to give people an opportunity to learn something new in a group setting. 

You don’t need to know anything about playing or reading music to start. But, the learning curve is steep for absolute beginners, so we recommend a private teacher for the first little while to help you get started on the right foot. But most of all you just need to do your best, and that’s good enough!

Yes. You will have an excellent opportunity to reconnect with your instrument and/or try out a new one. We would recommend either the Beginner I or Beginner II class.  If you have experience on your instrument, please contact Donna to discuss your band placement.

No.  All levels will provide you with a chance to review technique and meet new people. There will also be leadership opportunities and possible small ensemble work for people with skill and experience who want to get in more playing.  If you have experience on your instrument, please contact Donna to discuss your band placement.

Yes. You will need an instrument in good playing condition. 

If you don’t have an instrument, the experienced sales staff at Long & McQuade will help you find the instrument that is right for you to buy or rent. Long & McQuade has an inexpensive rental program to get you started. NOTE: be sure to mention that you are part of the New Horizons Band for your school rate rental discount.

If you own an instrument but are not sure if it’s in good condition, Long & McQuade’s technicians can expertly clean and/or repair your instrument.

The New Horizons Band is a concert band and therefore offers you the opportunity to play a brass or woodwind instrument or join the percussion section!  
Concert band instruments:  flute,  oboe,  bassoon,  clarinet,  saxophone,  trumpet,  French horn,  euphonium,  trombone,  tuba,  bells, xylophone,  drums & many other percussion instruments.

The directors of the New Horizons Band will take you through an introduction of all the band instruments and give you an opportunity to try some out at an instrument exploration workshop in September at the Long & McQuade store, Band Department, 925 Bloor Street West, Toronto.  

Our repertoire is diverse. We play pop, traditional folk songs, jazz, rock, marches, musical theatre songs and classical music of all sorts.  There is something for everyone! 

Membership fee to join one of the concert bands:

$425 for a full year

$230 for the first half-year (the second half-year fee is $195)

The full year includes more than 35 two-hour classes.  Half-year payments allow you to budget your music year. 

The first half-year runs from September to December and the second half-year runs from mid-January to early June. 

Note that those who join for the first half have the opportunity to play in our Band Fest concert and those who join for the second half have the opportunity to play in our The Beat Goes On concert at the end of season.

Included in the membership fee are most band performances and social events.

The fee supports our not-for-profit organization. Our teachers are professionals and we maintain an active music library, rehearsal space and a range of percussion and other instruments to support the band program.  We provide music education for adults that are either new to or returning to music. Unlike many community bands, we provide ongoing musical education. 

Yes, we have several members that participate in more than one concert band at the same level or even more than one level.  Symphonic Band is considered another level of concert band for this purpose.

Before considering joining a second concert band, remember to take into account the amount of regular practice time between rehearsals needed to learn and progress on separate repertoire. 

Your member registration fee currently allows you to join more than one band, subject to the approval of the Head of Education. A fee to be in more than one level of concert band is likely to be added as the bands continue to grow. 

Please see the “Join NHBT” page for how to register as a new member. Existing members have a renewal form available in the member-only area of this website. 

If you have never played music before, or have minimal exposure to music, you are welcome to register for our Beginner I class. 

If you have played music before and have experience playing intermediate to advanced concert band music, you can contact Donna Dupuy, Head of Education before submitting your registration form. This will help determine your playing ability and so help you select the appropriate level of class.

All band rehearsals are held in the Salvation Army Hall, 789 Dovercourt Rd. (north of Bloor St.)  The Ossington TTC station is nearby.  We have use of the downstairs space.

Free street parking is available on Dovercourt Rd. and some nearby streets. Check signs carefully for time and date restrictions. 

We have very limited access to parking at the Salvation Army Hall and issue a few permits per class to those with mobility issues or handling a particularly large instrument. One accessible parking space is available. An elevator from the Hall entrance adjacent to the parking located off Dovercourt Rd. to the downstairs rehearsal space is available for our use during the Salvation Army regular office hours.  If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Donna.

As a member, you gain access to the members-only area of this website where we maintain a band calendar and details about upcoming events.  New information is also reviewed at break time during each class. There are email broadcasts, as needed, and often emails from your music director about upcoming events or class preparation. Notes about what music is being worked and other class details is available online in band-specific music folders. 

We prepare class lists after registration is done and make these available on our password-protected member page.  If you agree to share your email address when registering, it will be included in class lists so that you can reach other people in your instrument section or organize small music ensembles.

Every member is provided a badge that we encourage you to wear in class – there are lots of us and it makes it easier to learn (and be reminded) of other people’s names. 

We also have social events and parties that you might like to attend. 

Your teacher’s email address and that of your band class representative will be provided to you at the beginning of class.

Of course!  Music is a performance art and sharing it with others is important. You will be well prepared for each performance. Your director will make sure you are fully prepared to play your best and have fun doing it. The plan is to perform small concerts for small audiences whenever we have pieces ready, and to play our big concert in May/June.

No. Please contact our Head of Education, Donna Dupuy to arrange a time so that our band director can properly welcome you with music, a stand and a chair! You can use our Contact Us form. 

1- Browse the rest of this website.
2- Send a question to Donna Dupuy, Head of Education for NHBT using our  “Contact Us” form

As a member, you gain access to the members-only area of this website where we maintain a band calendar and details about upcoming events.  New information is also reviewed at break time during each class. There are email broadcasts, as needed, and often emails from your music director about upcoming events or class preparation. Notes about current repertoire and other class details are available online in band-specific music folders. 

We use a combination of method books which can be purchased at Long & McQuade (ask for NHBT discount) and maintain a large library of concert band and jazz music.  Your music director will advise about the method book to be purchased for your class. Details on how to access our current library of pieces are available via the Members page (login required). Login details are sent by email to members once your registration is complete.

Most members are using computers to receive band emails and to gain access to music for printing.  Those without access to a computer or printer will want to find a “computer buddy” to keep in touch and gain access to notes from their music director and the music. 

Chairs and music stands are provided. Other than large percussion equipment, our one upright bass and tuba, members bring their own instrument to classes. Percussionists need to bring their own sticks/mallets.  All members are responsible for preparing their own music folders or binders and bringing these to each class. 

Jazz classes can only be joined as an additional class by members of the regular concert band program. There are additional fees for these full year courses,  each of which are about 35 two-hour classes each. These classes have their own entrance and availability criteria and are only appropriate for those at the intermediate and advanced levels. 

Our summer classes typically run from early June to late July. Details are available near the end of our regular season and classes are open to our regular members first, then we open them up to all members of the community. Fees for our multiple summer classes are separate and payable on a per course basis. 

For big events, we wear our best: black dress shoes, dress pants/below-knee skirt, long-sleeved black NHBT dress shirt (or any black long-sleeved dress shirt/blouse).  Orders for NHBT band shirts will be taken at the beginning of the year.

Our unique uniform piece is red socks or stockings.  A little bit of color makes us stand out!  You are welcome to wear your own or purchase red dress socks when you buy your band shirt.

We ask at the time of registration whether you will allow us to share your email with other band members. Band members use these emails to try to find other members interested in playing together in small ensembles. 

We include photos of our band members performing at concerts and in rehearsal on our website so that people thinking of joining get a better idea of what we do.  For the same reason, we maintain a presence on social media.  Your image may inspire someone else to take their own journey into music. 

If you have any questions about the sharing of information and privacy, please contact Donna.

If predicted weather will make travelling to or from a band rehearsal unsafe for our members, we’ll issue an email broadcast announcing the cancellation of classes.  Check your email before leaving for class if you are wondering. In the event that TDSB classes or University of Toronto night classes are cancelled on a given day/evening, you may assume that NHBT is also cancelled.  We use the email address you provide us at the time of registration, so please ensure we have your current contact information.  

NHBT is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization employing professional musicians as our Head of Education and as Music Directors. 

Consider becoming a volunteer. It’s a great way to get to know the other members. 

Volunteers organize snacks & coffee at band rehearsals (it’s a tradition!), help with setup and storage of our equipment when needed, represent band classes at the Board during monthly meetings, or join the Board of Directors to take a leadership role in the administration. There are ongoing activities in the maintenance of the band music library, our percussion and other shared instruments / stands and supplies, helping with social gatherings and band concerts, organizing performances for small ensembles, managing the member registration, finances, our relationships with the community, sponsors and other New Horizon bands, our space rental agreement with the Salvation Army… and maintaining this website. There’s lots to do and your help is welcome.  If you are interested in volunteering, speak first to your band teacher.

I am thinking about joining

If you are thinking about joining the band and have some questions, check out the items below. 

If you can’t find the answer to your question Contact Us

Have all the information you need and ready to register your interest? Join NHBT

Dan Kapp founded NHBT in 2010. You can find Dan’s story on our “leadership” page.  

Dan & Lisa Kapp built the organization with the help of many volunteers and then retired from their leadership and support roles in June of 2018 to Nova Scotia. We like to keep in close contact with them and their honorary lifetime membership in NHBT means that they are welcome at any time!

They have left behind a dedicated Board of Directors, professional music educators and a host of volunteers to continue what they began. 

The program is geared toward mature adults, usually around 50+, but no one checks ID, so we do have a few members as young as 30. The program will give you an opportunity to have fun making music, to make new friends, and keep your mind and body active.  This program is not designed for school-aged children.

Yes! This program was created to give people an opportunity to learn something new in a group setting. 

You don’t need to know anything about playing or reading music to start. But, the learning curve is steep for absolute beginners, so we recommend a private teacher for the first little while to help you get started on the right foot. But most of all you just need to do your best, and that’s good enough!

Yes. You will have an excellent opportunity to reconnect with your instrument and/or try out a new one. We would recommend either the Beginner I or Beginner II class.  If you have experience on your instrument, please contact Donna to discuss your band placement.

No.  All levels will provide you with a chance to review technique and meet new people. There will also be leadership opportunities and possible small ensemble work for people with skill and experience who want to get in more playing.  If you have experience on your instrument, please contact Donna to discuss your band placement.

Yes. You will need an instrument in good playing condition. 

If you don’t have an instrument, the experienced sales staff at Long & McQuade will help you find the instrument that is right for you to buy or rent. Long & McQuade has an inexpensive rental program to get you started. NOTE: be sure to mention that you are part of the New Horizons Band for your school rate rental discount.

If you own an instrument but are not sure if it’s in good condition, Long & McQuade’s technicians can expertly clean and/or repair your instrument.

The New Horizons Band is a concert band and therefore offers you the opportunity to play a brass or woodwind instrument or join the percussion section!  
Concert band instruments:  flute,  oboe,  bassoon,  clarinet,  saxophone,  trumpet,  French horn,  euphonium,  trombone,  tuba,  bells, xylophone,  drums & many other percussion instruments.

The directors of the New Horizons Band will take you through an introduction of all the band instruments and give you an opportunity to try some out at an instrument exploration workshop in September at the Long & McQuade store, Band Department, 925 Bloor Street West, Toronto.  

Our repertoire is diverse. We play pop, traditional folk songs, jazz, rock, marches, musical theatre songs and classical music of all sorts.  There is something for everyone! 

Membership fee to join one of the concert bands:

$425 for a full year

$230 for the first half-year (the second half-year fee is $195)

The full year includes more than 35 two-hour classes.  Half-year payments allow you to budget your music year. 

The first half-year runs from September to December and the second half-year runs from mid-January to early June. 

Note that those who join for the first half have the opportunity to play in our Band Fest concert and those who join for the second half have the opportunity to play in our The Beat Goes On concert at the end of season.

Included in the membership fee are most band performances and social events.

The fee supports our not-for-profit organization. Our teachers are professionals and we maintain an active music library, rehearsal space and a range of percussion and other instruments to support the band program.  We provide music education for adults that are either new to or returning to music. Unlike many community bands, we provide ongoing musical education. 

Yes, we have several members that participate in more than one concert band at the same level or even more than one level.  Symphonic Band is considered another level of concert band for this purpose.

Before considering joining a second concert band, remember to take into account the amount of regular practice time between rehearsals needed to learn and progress on separate repertoire. 

Your member registration fee currently allows you to join more than one band, subject to the approval of the Head of Education. A fee to be in more than one level of concert band is likely to be added as the bands continue to grow. 

Please see the “Join NHBT” page for how to register as a new member. Existing members have a renewal form available in the member-only area of this website. 

If you have never played music before, or have minimal exposure to music, you are welcome to register for our Beginner I class. 

If you have played music before and have experience playing intermediate to advanced concert band music, you can contact Donna Dupuy, Head of Education before submitting your registration form. This will help determine your playing ability and so help you select the appropriate level of class.

All band rehearsals are held in the Salvation Army Hall, 789 Dovercourt Rd. (north of Bloor St.)  The Ossington TTC station is nearby.  We have use of the downstairs space.

Free street parking is available on Dovercourt Rd. and some nearby streets. Check signs carefully for time and date restrictions. 

We have very limited access to parking at the Salvation Army Hall and issue a few permits per class to those with mobility issues or handling a particularly large instrument. One accessible parking space is available. An elevator from the Hall entrance adjacent to the parking located off Dovercourt Rd. to the downstairs rehearsal space is available for our use during the Salvation Army regular office hours.  If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Donna.

As a member, you gain access to the members-only area of this website where we maintain a band calendar and details about upcoming events.  New information is also reviewed at break time during each class. There are email broadcasts, as needed, and often emails from your music director about upcoming events or class preparation. Notes about what music is being worked and other class details is available online in band-specific music folders. 

We prepare class lists after registration is done and make these available on our password-protected member page.  If you agree to share your email address when registering, it will be included in class lists so that you can reach other people in your instrument section or organize small music ensembles.

Every member is provided a badge that we encourage you to wear in class – there are lots of us and it makes it easier to learn (and be reminded) of other people’s names. 

We also have social events and parties that you might like to attend. 

Your teacher’s email address and that of your band class representative will be provided to you at the beginning of class.

Of course!  Music is a performance art and sharing it with others is important. You will be well prepared for each performance. Your director will make sure you are fully prepared to play your best and have fun doing it. The plan is to perform small concerts for small audiences whenever we have pieces ready, and to play our big concert in May/June.

No. Please contact our Head of Education, Donna Dupuy to arrange a time so that our band director can properly welcome you with music, a stand and a chair! You can use our Contact Us form. 

1- Browse the rest of this website.
2- Send a question to Donna Dupuy, Head of Education for NHBT using our  “Contact Us” form

I am a member (or have already signed up to join this year)
and need some details...

As a member, you gain access to the members-only area of this website where we maintain a band calendar and details about upcoming events.  New information is also reviewed at break time during each class. There are email broadcasts, as needed, and often emails from your music director about upcoming events or class preparation. Notes about current repertoire and other class details are available online in band-specific music folders. 

We use a combination of method books which can be purchased at Long & McQuade (ask for NHBT discount) and maintain a large library of concert band and jazz music.  Your music director will advise about the method book to be purchased for your class. Details on how to access our current library of pieces are available via the Members page (login required). Login details are sent by email to members once your registration is complete.

Most members are using computers to receive band emails and to gain access to music for printing.  Those without access to a computer or printer will want to find a “computer buddy” to keep in touch and gain access to notes from their music director and the music. 

Chairs and music stands are provided. Other than large percussion equipment, our one upright bass and tuba, members bring their own instrument to classes. Percussionists need to bring their own sticks/mallets.  All members are responsible for preparing their own music folders or binders and bringing these to each class. 

Jazz classes can only be joined as an additional class by members of the regular concert band program. There are additional fees for these full year courses,  each of which are about 35 two-hour classes each. These classes have their own entrance and availability criteria and are only appropriate for those at the intermediate and advanced levels. 

Our summer classes typically run from early June to late July. Details are available near the end of our regular season and classes are open to our regular members first, then we open them up to all members of the community. Fees for our multiple summer classes are separate and payable on a per course basis. 

For big events, we wear our best: black dress shoes, dress pants/below-knee skirt, long-sleeved black NHBT dress shirt (or any black long-sleeved dress shirt/blouse).  Orders for NHBT band shirts will be taken at the beginning of the year.

Our unique uniform piece is red socks or stockings.  A little bit of color makes us stand out!  You are welcome to wear your own or purchase red dress socks when you buy your band shirt.

We ask at the time of registration whether you will allow us to share your email with other band members. Band members use these emails to try to find other members interested in playing together in small ensembles. 

We include photos of our band members performing at concerts and in rehearsal on our website so that people thinking of joining get a better idea of what we do.  For the same reason, we maintain a presence on social media.  Your image may inspire someone else to take their own journey into music. 

If you have any questions about the sharing of information and privacy, please contact Donna.

If predicted weather will make travelling to or from a band rehearsal unsafe for our members, we’ll issue an email broadcast announcing the cancellation of classes.  Check your email before leaving for class if you are wondering. In the event that TDSB classes or University of Toronto night classes are cancelled on a given day/evening, you may assume that NHBT is also cancelled.  We use the email address you provide us at the time of registration, so please ensure we have your current contact information.  

NHBT is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization employing professional musicians as our Head of Education and as Music Directors. 

Consider becoming a volunteer. It’s a great way to get to know the other members. 

Volunteers organize snacks & coffee at band rehearsals (it’s a tradition!), help with setup and storage of our equipment when needed, represent band classes at the Board during monthly meetings, or join the Board of Directors to take a leadership role in the administration. There are ongoing activities in the maintenance of the band music library, our percussion and other shared instruments / stands and supplies, helping with social gatherings and band concerts, organizing performances for small ensembles, managing the member registration, finances, our relationships with the community, sponsors and other New Horizon bands, our space rental agreement with the Salvation Army… and maintaining this website. There’s lots to do and your help is welcome.  If you are interested in volunteering, speak first to your band teacher.