New Horizons Band

UNI New Horizons Band RehearsalThe first New Horizons Band was started in 1991 by Professor Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music, New York. His philosophy was that anyone can learn to play music at a level that will bring a sense of accomplishment and the ability to perform in a group.  

​There are currently more than 200 New Horizons organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe with many more bands, orchestras, and choruses in the planning stages.


The UNI New Horizons Band began in 1999 with 17 members and has grown to its current size of 90+ members.  This band welcomes anyone age 50 and older.  

The New Horizons Band includes beginners, those who may have previously played an instrument, who currently play an instrument, or who might like to change instruments.  The most senior members of our group are 90+ years old.  

​Band members in the UNI New Horizons Band come from Grundy Center, Waverly, Janesville, Floyd, Readlyn, Sumner, Fredericksburg, Tripoli, Dysart, Hudson, Jesup, Denver, Charles City, Maynard, Oelwein, Dike, Waterloo and Cedar Falls.



The UNI New Horizons Band meets for 12 weeks in the fall and spring and for 8 weeks in the summer.  Rehearsal takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Davis Hall and practice rooms in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI Campus.  

Lessons are scheduled from 8:00-9:00 a.m. (during the school year) and full band rehearsal follows from 9:00-9:50 a.m.  Rehearsals are always followed by a social time of coffee, treats, and friendship.  Group lessons are taught by UNI music education students.

The UNI New Horizons Band is directed by retired music educator, Diana Blake.

Visitors are always welcome at rehearsals.  If you have an interest, but are not sure if this group is for you, come visit and see how much fun we have!  Contact Diana Blake to schedule a time to attend rehearsal.  Any member will be glad to tell you more about the group.



Fall Session: September 21 - December 9, 2021
  • Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday at 9-10am (Davis Hall) *Group Lessons for select sections at 8am (Location TBA)
  • Fall Concert: December 13, 2021 at 7:30pm (Great Hall)


Spring Session: February 8 - April 28, 2022
  • Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday at 9-10am (Davis Hall) *Group Lessons for select sections at 8am (Location TBA)
  • Spring Concert: April 29 at 7:30pm (Great Hall)

Summer Session: June - July, 2022 (Dates TBA)
  • Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday at 9-10am (Davis Hall)
  • Performance Opportunities: TBA