New Horizons Band
Launched in 2009, New Horizons at CMS is quickly becoming a popular favorite. Under the direction of Patricia Hurley, New Horizons now offers an opportunity for those just learning to play an instrument, as well as an advanced level. In the advanced level, standard band literature graded level 1-2 in all styles and genres will be performed. Assisting Patricia Hurley this year are Andrew Sherwood as Woodwinds Instructor and Tom Briggs as Percussion Instructor. Download a copy of our brochure and registration form for more information.
New Horizons Beginners will meet each week at Community Music School on Tuesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. Like instrument sectionals on Tuesdays will be followed by a band rehearsal; band rehearsal only on Thursday.
New Horizons Intermediate Band rehearsals are twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. with performances scheduled during the semester. Placement will be at the discretion of the director.
Tuition & Fees
16-week New Horizons Beginners Band is $395
16-week Intermediate Band is $250
New Horizons program discounts include:
- 10% Senior Citizen Discount (65+)
- 5% Discount on multiple lessons or groups
- 5% Refer A Friend Discount – invite a friend to join New Horizons and receive additional savings upon their enrollment
Most instruments rent for about $25 a month. You’ll also need some basic equipment (one-time charge): a music stand, a shirt, and the instruction book. We don’t want cost to be a prohibitive factor for any potential band member, so please call us at 860-767-0026 to discuss our payment plans and other financial aid options.
About New Horizons
The New Horizons music program was introduced in Rochester, New York in 1991, the brainchild of Roy Ernst of Eastman Conservatory. Today there are about 150 New Horizons bands, choruses and orchestras in the United States and Canada, with thousands of participants. These organizations provide an entry point for adults who have either never studied music or who have been away from it for many years, allowing them to share the joyful experience of recreational music making. As it was first developed, members had to be at least 50 years old, but we have opened our program to any adults who are available between 10 and 12 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for group lessons and band rehearsals.
New Horizons bands are always nurturing, non-competitive and supportive in style. There are no auditions or chair tryouts. Everyone is welcome! As long as the band exists, there will always be space for new beginners to join the ranks and discover the joy of making music together.
The national New Horizons organization even sponsors several adult band camps each year, where participants come from all over the country to meet each other and make music together. The groups often perform in a variety of community venues, sometimes joining forces with other community bands or orchestras.
We invite you to join the recreational music movement — you’ll be glad you did! Be a part of the New Horizons Band of the Connecticut River Valley.