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The 2018-2019 season gets underway starting the week of September 10th. The details are in the Band Calendar.
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The Beat Goes On
This is our traditional end of season concert and is a celebration in performance for friends and family. It is an opportunity to show ourselves, and others, that it has been a year of progress. Plus, we have a lot of fun.
Members of New Horizons Band organize themselves into small ensembles to select music and organize practices in anticipation of this concert. It is an evening of great musical variety and a testament to the skills and drive of our members.
Band Fest 2018 Saturday, January 27th, 2018
St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church
Our annual Band Fest provides an opportunity for members to meet one another, hear what other bands are playing and recognize those members who are celebrating their fifth year with NHBT. This past year, thirty two people received their five-year pins!
For many players, Band Fest is their first time in a concert venue. Adapting to a new setting, especially for newcomers, can be challenging but the music was wonderful, as shown by the thunderous applause. Special mention goes to the beginners who performed with the confidence and conviction of more experienced players. Many people commented on how accomplished each band sounded. Our professional music directors know how to bring out the best in us.
St.Philip's Lutheran Church December 14, 2017
“Many of St. Philip’s parishioners are very musical themselves and always comment on the improvements they hear in the performances from year to year, this year being no exception. For me, it is always a special occasion when I can play for my church family.”
For the fifth year in a row, New Horizons players presented a selection of Christmas favourites at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Etobicoke. The Symphonic Band performed the afternoon concert for the congregation’s 50-Plus group. The players were from the Thursday morning class, under the direction of Donna Dupuy.
Donna Schwantes (flute) is a parishioner at St. Philip’s. She and her husband, Michael, suggested the idea in 2013 for what has become an annual event.
Donna says the performance is “a good fit” because the players and the 50-Plus members share the same age demographic. She says some of the people were at the NHBT inaugural concert in 2011 at the Glenn Gould Studio.
The St. Philip’s 50-Plus group meets once a month for luncheons and guest speakers. The parishioners and friends also go on excursions around Greater Toronto.
Concert for Retirement Community Dec 5, 2017
Before a packed audience, members of the Tuesday evening Symphonic Band performed festive holiday music at the New Horizons Tower–a seniors residence near Dufferin and Bloor.
Residents enjoyed the variety of music and the energy of the players.
Some people said they’re already planning to attend our future concerts!
Holiday Concert for School Children November 30, 2017
The Thursday Morning Symphonic Band, under the direction of Donna Dupuy, performed a 45 minute concert at McMurrich Junior Public School in Toronto’s west end.
More than 300 children, J-K to grade six, sat on the gym floor to hear a variety of music, featuring many familiar holiday tunes.
Each section of the 50 member band presented a short introduction of their instrument group. They explained how the instrument works, the range, how loudly and softly it can be played, followed by a short piece to demonstrate the actual sound of the instrument.
Band members were impressed with how engaged the children were and how well they participated in the sing-a-longs.
This is one of the many ways NHBT strives to reach out to the community to promote life-long learning and a love of music.