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

Current Offerings

New Horizons Band - Spring 2023
New Horizons Band - Spring 2023



The New Horizons concert band is a great way to play your instrument in a group of like-minded musicians!

The 2022 Spring Band will be an indoor program.

For the time being, all band members will play together in one large concert band.

*At least one year of playing experience required.

Rehearsals will be on Wednesday's from 5:30 pm - 7:00 at the Museum of Making Music beginning Wednesday, January 11th!

Please contact Allison Hargis: 760-304-5817, for more information.

Jazz Band - Spring 2023
Jazz Band - Spring 2023

The Jazz Band is one of the offerings of our New Horizons Band Program.

There are no available spots for new members as of now, but please contact Allison Hargis if you are interested in a future opening!

Scholarships are available.

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.

Program Events

New Horizons Jazz Band Concert
February 6, 2023
The Museum’s adult band program invites you to enjoy a special concert with the jazz band ensemble!