New Horizons Band

New Horizons Band

The national New Horizons Band program was developed by professor Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in 1991. The program offers adults the chance to learn how to play a concert band instrument and perform with other amateur musicians. The program has introduced thousands of people to the joys and benefits of music making.

The local North Coastal New Horizons Band is the Carlsbad affiliate of the National program.

The bands are hosted by the Museum of Making Music and conducted by Doug and Allison Hargis.

About the Conductors

Doug Hargis is a retired band director who taught for many years in the Poway Unified School District. He has a Bachelors degree from Cal State Long Beach and a Masters from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. Allison has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Baylor University and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from USIU. After teaching middle school bands in Poway, Allison is now the Education Manager at the museum.

For more information about joining the bands, contact Allison at (760) 304-5817 or allisonh@museumofmakingmusic.org



Current Offerings

Scholarship Application
Scholarship Application

Adult Music Scholarships offers adults (21 yrs. and older) and seniors with either no music experience, or those who haven’t played their instruments in many years, the opportunity to be a part of either the North Coast Strings Orchestra or the North Coastal New Horizons Band.   One of the most important aspects of this program, is that any adult who aspires to play a musical instrument for enjoyment and health will have access to this program, regardless of financial constraints. Financial assistance can cover monthly dues or instrument rental fees among other expenses.

New Horizons Band - Spring 2024
New Horizons Band - Spring 2024

The New Horizons Concert Band is a wonderful opportunity to play your instrument in a group of like-minded musicians! Our band is made up of adults who played in middle school, high school or college and then took a break for a long time, or who have played all along. It is strictly an amateur band, but we have a lot of fun.

All who have played a concert band instrument for at least one year are welcome.

Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Museum of Making Music beginning Wednesday, January 10th!

Jazz Band - Spring 2024
Jazz Band - Spring 2024

The jazz band is a subset of our larger band program. There are currently no openings, but to be added to the wait list, please contact us at allisonh@museumofmakingmusic.org

New Horizons Beginning Band - Spring 2024
New Horizons Beginning Band - Spring 2024

The New Horizons Beginning Band is designed as an entry point for adults who have never learned a concert band instrument or for those who have taken a substantial break since they last played! This class is in progress (began in September) but we welcome new registrants.

Participants will learn to read music and play a concert band instrument in an encouraging group setting.

NO EXPERIENCE is needed for this group! We welcome all who want to learn to read music and play a concert band instrument. If you're not sure what to play, come to the first rehearsal or two, and we'll help you figure it out! 

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 4:45p.m. - 5:45p.m. and begin on January 10th!

***Scholarships Available

Tentative Schedule!
January 10
January 17 
January 24 No Rehearsal - NAMM Show Week
January 31 No Rehearsal - NAMM Show Truck Return (the classroom will be full!)
February 7        
February 14 
February 21
February 28
March 6
March 13
March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10    Concert - TBD
April 17    No Rehearsal
April 24             
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22      
May 28 (Tuesday)     Dress Rehearsal and potluck
May 29               Concert at Mira Costa College


For questions, please call Allison Hargis: 760-304-5817 or email allisonh@museumofmakingmusic.org