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New Horizons Band of Western New York

New Horizons Band of Western New York


New Horizons Band LogoThe New Horizons Band of Western New York provides opportunities for "chronologically gifted" adults (50 and older) to learn to play a musical instrument and enjoy playing with others. Former players wishing to "reacquaint" themselves with their instruments and novices can join at any time. For only a few dollars per session, you will receive instruction in group lessons, band rehearsals and music.

No previous background in music or on an instrument is necessary to join. Members can testify that it is possible to learn to play an instrument as a senior adult! Playing in a group is just too much fun to leave it all to the younger kids. Information about the New Horizons Project can be found at

Participants must provide their own instruments in good repair. No audition is required for membership. In fall and spring sessions, group lessons/ensemble rehearsals and band rehearsals are on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3-5 pm in Mason Hall on The State University of New York at Fredonia campus. During the first hour, Fredonia music education students provide instrument instruction and coach small ensembles. The entire band rehearses during the second hour under the direction of Dr. Katherine McKay, Music Education Professor Emeritus. In the summer, the concert band rehearses biweekly and performs in several communities. Click the Calendar link below for specific dates and locations.

Dr. Kate McKay, Professor Emeritus of music education at Fredonia, serves as the New Horizons Band conductor. Dr. McKay has conducted New Horizons Bands in Iowa and Georgia, and she founded a New Horizons Band in Hagerstown, MD.

For more information, please contact Craig Scott: 603 247 6524

2024-2025 Calendar

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