New Horizons Band Guelph Program Descriptions
(Concert Band repertoire is graded on difficulty from 0-6.)
Fall-Winter-Spring - 12 Weeks, $160,
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.
Green Band - Grade 0-1.5 (Beginner) - Tuesday (1 hour) & Thursday (1.5 hours) mornings
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
Open to anyone who has a moderate amount of band experience on 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
This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument. 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 I/II
Fall-Winter, Grade any, 10 Weeks, $130, Monday Morning/Afternoon
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.
Jazz Performance Ensemble
Fall-Winter-Spring, Grade 3+, 10 Weeks, $130, Wednesday Afternoon
This ensemble will have a focus on developing a large and diverse repertoire that can be performed at a wide variety of venues. Members of this ensemble will act as ambassadors for the New Horizons Program, demonstrating the joy created by music making and music sharing. Participants in this musically demanding ensemble will be invited to audition. Ability to adapt to a variety of music styles as well as instrumentation will be a factor for membership in this group. The focus is jazz ensemble; arranged music, improvisation, learning songs by ear and from a lead sheet will all be a part of this program. Instrumentation will consist of up to 4 rhythm section, 3 saxophones and 3 brass players.
Fall/Winter, Grade 2+, $130, 10 Weeks, Friday afternoon
Ever wonder what a room full of flutes sounds like? Led by a great local professional Flutist, Marlene Wallace, all things flute will be covered in this ensemble. This is a great way to learn more about the flute and the beautiful music a room full of flutes can make!
Fall/Winter, Grade 2+, $130, 10 Weeks, Friday Morning
With more than 50 years of experience leading musical ensembles, Richard Watson will take this group of clarinets on a musical journey that dreams are made of. Learn about the diverse music that can be made with the instrument affectionately known as the licorice stick!
Fall-Winter-Spring, Grade any, 10 Weeks, $130, Monday Afternoon
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 relax musical experience.
One day Workshop, Grade any
Do you like to hit things? Try this one day percussion workshop. Unlock the mystery behind why percussionists wear running shoes and always seem to be smiling! Percussion techniques will be discussed, tactics and solutions for reading rhythms will be presented and music will be made with a variety of percussion instruments.
Winter, 10 Weeks, $110, Wednesday Morning
This is an introductory music theory program. Set up to cover any gaps left by previous musical experiences this course covers scale construction, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, score reading, transposition and more.
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 and friends to hear us, or share our music with the broader community.