New Horizons Adult Band

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Summer program: Summer 2018 Registration Form (includes all dates/fees) - first session May 5, 2018:

NHB Small Ensembles

Lost at C - Monday Evenings - first session May 7, 2018

Once a Quartet - Thursday Evenings - first session May 3, 2018

Join the New Horizons Adult Band if you want to:

  • learn how to play a band instrument (not offered during summer session)
  • brush up your playing skills from the past
  • meet new people
  • have a whole lot of fun

The program provides instruction (not offered during summer session) to adults wishing to learn (or re-learn) to play wind or percussion instruments:

  • flute
  • oboe
  • clarinet
  • saxophone
  • bassoon
  • trumpet
  • french horn
  • trombone
  • euphonium
  • tuba
  • percussion
Western’s New Horizons Adult Band Program, established in 1999, is modeled after similar programs in the United States and is sponsored by the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Currently, there are more than 50 such bands operating in the United States and Canada.

Western’s program was the first New Horizons Band in Canada, and remains one of the largest programs of its kind in North America.

Why join?

Research shows that playing a musical instrument can be good for your health:

  • develops fine motor control skills
  • improves breath control
  • renews a sense of purpose
  • helps make new friends
  • expands your musical interests 

Want more information?

Please leave a message at 519-661-2111, ext. 82974 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Or visit us in the Music Building on a Saturday morning.

What do we do?

We meet Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Music Building Map (PDF, 336 KB) (at the corner of Lambton and Perth).

Courses run during the academic year (September through early April) with a summer session offered in May and June.

There are small and large class instruction with four levels of instruction designed to provide the most appropriate level of instruction.


  • No previous experience or note-reading ability required.
  • You can rent or purchase instruments.


  • Some prior musical experience or taken our beginning class.
  • One hour of band and one hour of sectional (focusing on your instrument with others at your playing level).


  • Participated in the program for more than two terms
  • or previous musical background on the instrument
  • Two advanced band classes. One of 90 minutes of band with an hour sectional; the other with two and a half hours of band but no sectionals.
  • Each advanced band has opportunities to perform throughout the term.
  • In past summers, the combined advanced bands have toured Europe together having 10 fun music-filled days in Budapest, Prague and Vienna.

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions for New Horizons Band.

Contact Information

Coordinator, New Horizons Adult Band
Brenda Smith
Phone: 519-661-2111 x82974