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Peninsula New Horizons Band

Who ARE we?

The Peninsula New Horizons Band was started the late fall of 2012.  We are open to anyone 18 and up with a desire to lean to play.

Experience does not matter!

You do not need to know how to read music -

 we will teach you!

You will have a sense of accomplishment and a lot of fun along the way.

PNHB will conduct formal music lessons for the members. The lessons will be held weekly at Bay View Lutheran Church. Cost for the program is $10 per two-hour session (not including instrument rental).  The fall semester will have 10 to 14 sessions (September thru early December) and the spring semester will have 14 sessions (February thru May).

There are three ways to register:

1) Print the registration form (<– click here) and mail it to :

Paula Eggert, Director

Peninsula New Horizons Band
PO Box 84

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

2) Print the registration form, complete it, scan it and save it as a .pdf file, and email it

3) Fill out a form at the Info Night (first session).

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How did New Horizons Music get started?

Answer: The idea of senior adults playing music was developed by Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music. He envisioned that many adults, as they approached and entered retirement, would be interested in making music in a group setting, but might not have the skills or confidence to get started.

Question: How are New Horizons Music programs different from other music programs?

Answer: New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period. A New Horizons Music program should be inclusive rather than exclusive. There are no auditions. Every person has musical potential that can be developed to a level that will be personally rewarding.

Question: Who sponsors New Horizons Music programs?
Answer: Sponsoring organizations for New Horizons Music programs include music dealerships, schools, community music schools, college music departments, recreation centers and senior centers.

Question: I would like to join a New Horizons group, but I don’t think I have any musical talent. No one else in my family has ever done anything in music. People say that I'm “tone deaf.” Can I really do this?

Answer: Professor Roy Ernst says that EVERYONE has musical talent. “In more than 40 years of teaching, I've never found anyone who couldn’t learn music.” If no one in your family makes music, you would become a great example for them by starting.

Question: I'm not 50 yet. Can I join?

Answer: Absolutely! The program originally was targeted for people 50 and over, however, many groups now open their membership to adults of any age. This is essentially a decision that is made at the local level. There is no hard and fast rule.

Question: How do I know what instrument I should play?

Answer: Your preference is the most important factor and the starting point. If you love the look and sound of a trombone, for example, you should start with that. Check with your conductor or teacher to see if you have any physical conditions that could be a problem. It’s rare when that is the case. If your heart isn’t set on a certain instrument, ask your conductor or teacher what the band or orchestra needs. You will be even more important if you play an instrument that fills a special need.

Question: How do I get an instrument?

Answer: You can usually rent a good instrument in good condition at a modest cost from your local music retail store (your instructor should be able to help you find a local store). Usually, if you change your mind about what instrument you want, the dealer will make an exchange for you. The most important thing is to get a good instrument in good condition. Some people become frustrated if they try to play an instrument that no one could play. If you have an instrument in the attic or if you find one at a garage sale, take it to a music store with a repair shop to find out how much it would cost to put it in good condition and whether the instrument is worth repairing.

Question: How does music benefit me?

Answer: Active participation in music fills important needs for adults – the need for challenging intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have exciting events in the future. For many people, music can serve these vital needs better than anything else. It provides an opportunity to experience profound and serious thoughts or joyful moments. It makes connections to the past, the present and the future. It also connects one to other individuals and other cultures. Making music is a way of making vital connections to life. Early studies indicate that music making can reduce depression and increase the strength of the immune system.