New Horizons Band

Cancellation Notice

Updated July 2, 2020 - Given the continuing health and safety concerns with COVID-19 and current University guidelines, we are unable to offer the New Horizons Band program in Fall 2020. While this is an extremely challenging decision to make given what we know and do not know, it is the right one from a health and safety perspective. Current members, please continue to read email updates for restart plans. New inquiries, please email

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20th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks to all who joined us for the December 1 concert celebrating New Horizons Band’s 20thanniversary!
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About New Horizons Band

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 program was the first New Horizons Band in Canada, and remains one of the largest programs of its kind in North America. We have 200+ members over the five band levels.


Why join?

Research shows that playing a musical instrument can be beneficial for your health:
  • develops fine motor control skills
  • improves breath control
  • renews a sense of purpose
  • expands circle of friends
  • broadens 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 (near the corner of Lambton and Perth). Each band level has a specific rehearsal schedule.

Both our Fall and Winter sessions follow the academic year (September through early April) for all five levels of band. We do offer a Summer session during May and June for four levels of band - a combined Beginner/Beginner II band level, an Intermediate band level, and two Advanced band levels.

All instrument instruction provided for the Beginner / Beginner II / Intermediate band levels will be in a group setting for each respective instrument, and by each band level, during both the Fall and Winter terms. Please note - there is no instrument instruction provided during the Summer session.

  • No previous experience or note-reading ability required
  • You must arrange for your own instrument – you can either rent or purchase instruments
  • One hour of instrument instruction and one hour of band
  • Optional rhythm/theory class for those students wanting to learn more
Beginner II
  • You will have successfully completed Beginner level instrument instruction and band
  • One hour of instrument instruction and one hour of band
  • Optional 4 part chorales class with focus on playing within a group setting
  • We recommend remaining in our Beginner II level until such time as you feel comfortable and confident moving into the Intermediate level instruction and band
  • Prior musical experience, or have completed the Beginner II level class
  • One hour of band and one hour of instrument instruction by each respective instrument (focusing on your instrument with others at your playing level)
Advanced I & Advanced II (two band levels)
  • Participated in the program for more than two terms or previous musical background on your chosen instrument
  • Two Advanced band classes – two and a half hours of band (no instrument instruction provided with either Advanced level band)
  • Each Advanced band has opportunities to perform throughout the term
  • Every second year, you have an opportunity to join a group of NHB members (from various band levels) to tour various European countries. This trip is open to all NHB members. You can travel with other like-minded NHB members for 7 – 10 fun music-filled days. Some of the trips have included Budapest, Prague and Vienna, Ireland (2019)



Click on the links below to listen to an audience member's recording of Lost at C's December 5, 2018 performance at Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library.


New Horizons Band European Tours

  • 2005: Vienna, Budapest, Prague
  • 2007: Paris, Vimy, Brugge, Amsterdam
  • 2009: Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki
  • 2011: Rome, Florence, Venice
  • 2013: Berlin, Luebeck, Copenhagen
  • 2015: Edinburgh, York, London
  • 2017: Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw
  • 2019: Belfast, Galway, Dublin


once a quartet- new horizons band photo

Contact Information

Brenda Smith
New Horizons Band Coordinator
519-661-2111 x82974