New Horizons Adult Concert Band for Beginner & Novice Musicians
The New Horizons Adult Concert Band of Greater Portland provides an entry point to instrumental music making for adults with no musical experience at all or who have been inactive for a long period and want a fun and supportive place to start over again. Our motto is - "It's Never Too Late!" and "Your Best is Good Enough!"
Many adults would like an opportunity to learn music in a group setting similar to that offered in schools, but the last entry point in most cases was elementary school.
We pride ourselves on being inclusive rather than exclusive. We believe every person has musical potential that can be developed to a level that will be personally rewarding. The first New Horizons program was held in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York run by Dr. Roy Ernst. THere are now more than 120 groups around the country and world!
The group meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm at Saint Ansgar Church's Fellowship Hall - 515 Woodfords Street.
Participants receive periodic instrument specific instruction in small group settings, as well as a weekly full band rehearsal where members work on marches, jazz tunes and other fun band arrangements.
Choose any of the woodwind, brass or percussion instruments to learn or re-learn. Participants do have to provide their own instrument but we can help with procuring one if you don't have one sitting in the closet waiting for you to dust it off!!
The program is run by Nina Andersen (Oatley) who brings a lifetime of passion and dedication to facilitating and supporting adults making music at whatever level they can. She believes community music making is a vital part of our cultural history that needs to be nourished and sustained.
If you'd like more information about how to join contact Nina at (207) 415-0880 or . New members can join anytime!