Workshop Registration ~ March 2020

Workshop registration is now available for non-members.  If you are not a current member of NHBT, you may select one or more of the “non-member” items below to add to your cart. NHBT members are those that are registered for regular classes  (February-June 2020). 

Registration for new and current NHBT members is still open for the March 2020 workshops. 

When a workshop item has already reached its maximum enrolment, it  will no longer have an “Add to Cart” option.

All workshops are held at NHBT’s regular rehearsal location. Please note that these workshops occur during a week where no regular NHBT classes are scheduled (March 17-19). 

Location: 662 Victoria Park Ave (North-West corner of Victoria Park and Danforth Ave) immediately south of the Victoria Park subway and bus TTC station. 

You will be using our online “store” to make your selections and to then place an order for the workshops you want to attend. 

Click on any workshop item to get more information about the workshop and the instructor.

Once you place your order you will receive an email acknowledgement with the details of your order. You will then get an updated email confirmation. You should not send payment until you receive your final email confirmation. 

W1 ~ Flute FUN-damentals – Class Full

Tuesday 17 March 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Minimum enrollment: 8 participants.  Course maximum: 20 participants.

The flute is an amazing and versatile instrument; technical prowess and having a great tone in all registers is so important.  Join this amazing and interactive workshop and learn how to get the best sound possible out of your instrument.  The focus is on sound, embouchure, breath support, and enjoying all aspects of the flute.  This workshop is suitable for flute players of all levels – beginner through experienced.  Bring your flute and have fun!

W2 ~ Percussion 101

Tuesday 17 March 2020 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Minimum enrollment: 8 participants  Course maximum: 20 participants.

Do you want to learn about all of the fantastic instruments that sit expectantly behind the band?  Have you always wanted to just hit something and not get in trouble for it?  Well, your opportunity has come!  Percussion 101 is a workshop for those who want to learn about the percussion section and give some of the instruments a try.  This is an interactive workshop, and participants are invited to bring their own mallets or sticks if they have them.  (Don’t worry if you don’t!)  No pre-requisite skills for this course, just a desire to learn.

W3 ~ Care and Feeding of Your Percussion Equipment

Tuesday 17 March 2020 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Minimum enrollment: 6 participants  Course maximum: 20 participants.

So, are you a drummer or a percussionist?  How do you REALLY carry timpani?  Why so many different sticks and mallets?  If you want to know more about the instruments in your section, join this fun, interactive, and informative workshop.  This is an interactive workshop.  Please bring your sticks and/or mallets.

Pre-requisite skills: Some experience performing in a percussion environment is required.  Ability to read percussion music is required.

W4 ~ Jazz in NHBT – NHBT Members Only

Wednesday 18 March 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Minimum enrollment: 8 participants.  Course maximum: 20 participants.

Have you thought about joining one of our Jazz classes?  Are you unsure what you need to know to be successful?  This quick introduction will give you a sneak peak at what goes on in the jazz classes here at NHBT, what the expectations are, and a chance to play some great music with others.  All instruments are welcome.  The ability to read music and rhythms in your clef is required.  Bring your horn and learn what our jazz enrichment classes are all about.

W5 ~ How Low Can You Go?  The World of Low Brass

Thursday 19 March 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Minimum enrollment: 6 participants  Course maximum: 20 participants.

When you play a low brass instrument, your sound anchors the whole band.  Your role within the ensemble is integral to the success of all.  Bring your trombone, baritone, euphonium, or tuba and join in with this interactive workshop that focuses on the melodic and harmonic role of this section in a band environment.  Expect to be challenged to make an amazing sound in all registers and expand your range.  This workshop is suitable for low brass players of all levels – beginner through experienced.

    1. Please place one order per person. Do not combine orders. 
    2. Click on program names to read about them in more detail. If you want to select a program, add it to your shopping cart from either the class summary or the detail. 
    3. Review your shopping cart contents and total fees and adjust as needed by clicking on the Shopping Cart Total value. 
    4. When you’re ready, follow the prompts to checkout.
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    7. You will receive an email acknowledging your requests. 
    8. Your requests are reviewed and, if needed, someone will be in touch with you to discuss potential changes. If necessary, changes will be made by our NHBT volunteers and you will receive a new confirmation email – that is your invoice. 
    9. Wait until you receive confirmation of your band program selections before you pay. You may then pay by the method you selected (eTransfer, cash or cheque)
    10. Once your payment has been received and processed you will get a final “order completed” email.

In the checkout process you are providing the contact and related information that will be used to create or update the NHBT workshop attendance records and to generate the class lists.  

Fees for workshops reflect the costs of the workshop plus a small portion of the operating costs for NHBT which include renting space, paying our professional educators, buying and maintaining equipment and our music library. 

Our Code of Conduct helps us ensure a welcoming environment for all our band members. It is embedded below for ease of reference. All members are obliged to observe the elements of this code.

There is a minimum attendance for each workshop so that we cover the costs of presenting each one of these and to ensure a productive learning environment. There are no refunds for workshop classes once your place is confirmed. 

Your email address and contact information is used for the class lists and to be in touch with more workshop information.  Addresses and phone numbers are used only for NHBT use. 

You have the option of letting us retain your contact information so that we can contact you about other events and updates. 

With your authorization, NHBT may use photos or videos that include you during rehearsals, events, and performances on the public portion of our website, on the social networking sites we administer, or similar public outreach. 

NEW HORIZONS BAND OF TORONTO (By-Law Number 1, Appendix “A”)Members’ Code of Conduct

The following information is provided to inform members of their responsibilities as committed members of the New Horizons Band of Toronto. This policy and practices outlined applies to behaviour during large band classes, sectionals or small ensemble rehearsals, concerts social events, or any other gathering of members participating in and/or representing New Horizons Band of Toronto.

If a member behaves in an objectionable manner, creates disharmony with other band members or with teacher-conductors or coaches during any related New Horizons Band of Toronto activity, then that member’smembership in the New Horizons Band of Toronto may be revoked without remuneration. The Board of Directors will review such situations, on a case-by-case basis and if necessary, ensure that appropriate action is implemented; whether that be remediation or to revoke membership.


In fairness to other band members and New Horizons Band of Toronto’s desire to produce high quality performances, please make every effort to attend all classes/rehearsals. Individuals who miss numerous practices prior to a concert are to speak to the teacher-conductor involved to get their approval to play in any upcoming concerts.

If a member must take a leave of absence or is otherwise unable to perform, they are to make best efforts to inform the teacher-conductor(s) of their absence in advance.

Class/Rehearsal Decorum

Please observe appropriate and respectful class/rehearsal decorum, giving the teacher-conductor your full attention and avoiding conversation which is distracting to others. Save conversation for the break. If you need help, ask the teacher-conductor. If you ask your neighbour for help, do so quietly and not while the teacher-conductor is talking.

Playing your instrument when the teacher-conductor has stopped conducting is discourteous to the teacher- conductor and to those around you.

You are asked to refrain from using personal electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, iPads, etc.) for communication and/or entertainment purposes during classes and/or rehearsals. If you must absolutely use these devices, you are asked to leave the classroom/studio to do so. This activity is a distraction to you and to those around you.

Concert Decorum

Please conduct yourself in an appropriate manner at all times while at the concert venue. Remember that the performance begins when the band or ensemble walks on the stage. The audience will judge your performance from this point until you leave the stage at the conclusion of the presentation.

Distracting behaviours such as talking and excessive body and foot movements should be kept to a minimum.

Members are expected do their fair share in assisting with any needed set-up before a concert and clean-up after a concert. This could be in the form of stacking chairs, taking down stands, returning music, loading trucks, etc.

Members are to adhere to the then current concert dress code.

Music Management

As well as your prime resource during a class/rehearsal or performance, sheet music represents a significant cost to the band. Because of this, it is important that you take full responsibility for any original sheet music entrusted to you.

All original sheet music must be returned by the end of each class. Original music should only leave the classroom/rehearsal space with the permission of the teacher-conductor and must be signed out. This also applies to original scores.

When original sheet music is entrusted to you, it is to be returned to the librarian or your teacher-conductor in the same condition as it was received (i.e. no permanent markings, no holes punched, no highlighter, no tears, etc.). If the music is not returned in acceptable condition, you may be charged a fee to replace that part.

Equipment Management

New Horizons Band of Toronto’s equipment (i.e. percussion, instruments, stands, sound, amps, accessories,social, etc.) represents another significant cost to the band. Because of this, it is important that you take full responsibility for any equipment that is entrusted to you; whether borrowed or used.

If you borrow New Horizons Band of Toronto’s equipment, an Equipment Management Form must be completedand approved by your teacher-conductor and submitted to the Asset Officer.

The equipment must be returned to the Asset Officer at the agreed upon time or as requested. Should the equipment not be returned in the same condition as it was when you signed it out, other than normal wear and tear, you may be charged for the repair or replacement of that equipment.

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