Introduction

We are over 200 music-and-fun-loving members of all ages who play together in five concert bands. We play a wide variety of music on brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.

We welcome newcomers with whatever level of musical experience they have, and even those who have never read a musical note or played any instrument. There is a place for everyone and we will find it for you.

Our green band welcomes those with little or no musical experience, those whose musical skills are a little rusty and those who would like to learn to play a new instrument. Graduates of Green Band and those with prior musical experience are members of one (or more) of our other four bands.

Each band is led by one or two of out five fun loving and experienced conductors. As well coaches work with smaller groups, usually once every two weeks - more often with Green Band members.

All bands perform in concerts in early June and December. Smaller groups (ensembles) perform at community events, in residential homes and in schools.


Social events

Though our raison d'etre is to play music together, We also like to relax and eat and enjoy each other's company.

We enjoy pot luck lunches at the start of each term (Fall, Winter and Spring), with entertainment by our own musical groups. Also a Christmas noontime feast.

Our big evening social events are a Hallowe'en dance/party and a Spring Social. Both are potluck, with entertainment by several of our own ensembles.

About every two years, we form a holiday band of twenty to thirty musicians. They rehearse together through Summer and Fall to prepare a concert for a winter holiday destination. So far, these fun adventures have included a cruise and two trips to Cuba.

Also we have relationships with other bands in our Ontario: each year one of our bands joins with another Ontario for a joint performance.

To get a better feel for our social activities, please check out the archives section of this website.


Organization

PNHB is a non-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors responsible for its financing and operations. Many other PNHB members have volunteered and taken responsibility for organizing many functions and activities including (but not restricted to) roles such as: Librarian, Social coordinator, Concert Band manager, Email coordinator, Green band manager, Financial advisor, Membership dues collector.

Each ensemble also has a manager responsible for collecting fees.

Our five merry conductors and our coaches are paid contractors.


Rehearsals

Church of Living Hope We rent space at the Church of Living Hope for our rehearsals. We have the use of two large rooms, as well as a storage room for our percussion instruments. The church is located at 1, Consumers Drive, off Lansdowne, next to the OPP Offices, and across from the shopping centre on Landsdowne East. The Green Band practices on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11 am in the winter term, then only on Mondays from January until the end of May. Jubilee and Alegro bands practice on Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon. Skylark and Odyssey bands practice on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Consumers Drive. See google MAP


PNHB Calendar 2017 - 2018

Fall Term 2017

Begins on Wednesday September 6, 2017 for all bands except green Band.
Green Band begins on Monday September 18, 2017.
Welcome Back Pot Luck - Wednesday September 21, 2017.
Halloween Social - Friday October 27, 2017,
December Concert - Friday December 1, 2017.
Band Potluck Social - Wednesday December 6, 2017.

Winter Term 2018

Begins Wednesday January 3, 2018.
Green Band begins Thursday January 4, 2018.
Winter Term Finale “ Winterlude” a mini concert for members Wednesday Feb. 28 in band hours.

Spring Term 2018

Begins on Wednesday March 7, 2018.
Spring Term ends on Wednesday May 30, 2018.
Spring Concert - Friday June 1, 2018.
Green Band Info Day- Monday June 4, 2018.
Spring Socials TBA


Our History

New Horizons International The New Horizons Bands program was conceived by Dr. Roy Ernst, then a professor at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester University. He believed that anybody can learn to play a musical instrument, and at any age. The first New Horizons Band was formed in Rochester New York in 1991 and to-day, there are more than 100 similar programs in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

The program aims to provide instruction to adults wishing to learn how to play wind, brass or percussion instruments. It is also for individuals who might have played in high school but put it aside for many years. Membership in a New Horizons Band can fill your life with music, new friends, fun and accomplishment.

The Peterborough, Ontario, Canada New Horizons Bands (PNHB) was formed in the spring of 2002 with 52 new members, and has continued to grow since then. PNHB now has more than 200 members, making it one of the fastest growing and largest of all New Horizons organizations.

PNHB continues to be a member of New Horizons International Association..