New Horizons Band History
The 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.
UNI New Horizons Band
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 around age 50 and older who is interested in taking group lessons and/or playing in the band.
Our 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. 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.
Due to COVID-19, and safety precautions being taken by the University, we will not be hosting in-person group lessons and social hour on rehearsal days.
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.
Start Date: September 8, 2020
Fall Concert: November 17 and November 19 at 9am (Great Hall)
Start Date: February 9, 2021
Spring Concert: TBD
Start Date: TBD
Performance Opportunities: TBD