New Horizons Band Guelph Program Descriptions

Concert Bands $180 for 12 weeks (including concert)

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments are welcome.   Repertoire is fun with a wide range of musical styles explored in a traditional large concert band instrumentation.

    (Concert Band repertoire is graded on difficulty from 0-6.)

       Green Band -   Grade 0-1.5 (Beginner) - Tuesday & Thursday (1 hour each) 9:30 - Three Willows & Lakeside Church. Conductor - Andrew Cherry

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome.  Open to anyone who wishes to learn a new instrument.  Basic instrument technique and music reading instruction are the focus of this group.  No experience necessary.

          Red Band   -  Grade 1 - 3 - Tuesday morning 9:30 - Three Willows Church. Conductor - Donna Dupuy

Open to anyone who has a moderate amount of band experience with their instrument.  The focus is on playing together as a group and following the conductor.  A wide range of musical styles are explored in traditional concert band instrumentation.

          Blue Band   -  Grade 2.5 - 4  Thursday Morning 9:30 - Lakeside Church. Conductor - Brent Rowan

This band is for those who wish to be challenged with more advanced music.  The focus is on developing a diverse repertoire and moving at a quicker pace while still creating enjoyable musical experiences.   A wide range of musical styles are explored in traditional concert band instrumentation.

Jazz Improvisation -  $160 for 10 weeks (including concert)
             Monday 1:00 - Lakeside. Conductor - Brent Rowan
Learn how to improvise in a jazz setting.  The focus is on playing jazz blues tunes and learning how to interact with others to create a jazz solo.  Using blues scales and reading chord changes are taught while learning some basic fun jazz tunes.  Any level of experience is welcome but an introductory level of music theory would be beneficial.  The level of music reading is not a challenge; more emphasis is placed on listening and creating a musical reaction to what you hear.

*NEW* Intro to Jazz Improvisation -  $160 for 10 weeks 
             Monday 9:00 - Lakeside. Conductor - Brent Rowan
What on earth is Jazz Improvisation, and can I do it?  You learn how to improvise in a jazz setting. Bassoon? Flute? French Horn? Ukulele? Any musical instruments are suitable for Jazz Improvisation. 

Big Band - (Audition band) Grade 3+,  Wednesday 1:00 PM   Lakeside Church starting September 20  - $180 for 12 weeks (including concert) Conductor - Brent Rowan

In the style of a traditional Jazz Big band or Swing Band, this ensemble will have a focus on developing a large and diverse repertoire that can be performed in a wide variety of venues. Membership in the ensemble is by audition or invitation. The ability to adapt to a variety of musical styles as well as instrumentation will be a factor for membership in this group.  The focus of this ensemble will be on reading music in a jazz big band style with some opportunities for improvisation. It is expected that the members will be able to retain a large and diverse repertoire. Instrumentation will consist of up to 4 rhythm section, 4 saxophones and 4 brass players.

Brass Ensemble   Monday 9:15 AM  Lakeside Church - $160 for 10 weeks (including concert).  Conductor - Andrew Cherry

Think "Canadian Brass" only a bigger group and less travelling!  A wide range of brass choir styles will be explored for Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba.  The focus will be on blending and balancing the brass sound with a fun and relaxing musical experience.

Woodwind Ensemble Monday 11:00 AM   Lakeside Church - $160 for 10 weeks (including concert). Conductor - Jennifer Rodrigues

Classical and popular music with Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Oboes and Bassoons. Enjoy the richness of sound made by the fellowship of collaborating woodwind instruments.  Experience how the various timbres of sound in the woodwind section fit together to create beautiful music.  Approximately grade 2-3.

Funk Bucket Percussion Ensemble - (Not currently offered)

Do you have a heartbeat? Can you hit a bucket with a stick? Then you are OVER-qualified to join Adam for an exploration of rhythm reading, groove, time and fun! Enjoy the connection of group drumming, on buckets of course. All are welcome.

Music Theory - (Not currently offered)

This 10 week series of music theory lessons will help develop an understanding of basic music theory as it pertains to playing music in a concert band, choir or other traditional music ensemble. The content will focus on music notation, key signatures, time signatures and musical structures. Participants will also have ample opportunity to ask questions based on their current understanding of music theory.

Music is provided, and you are encouraged to practice on your own time as well.

We are a "Learning Band", not a "Performance Band". The primary focus is on learning and enjoyment. We do occasionally have performances where we invite family, friends and guests to hear us, or share our music with the broader community.