We keep adults young and healthy through playing musical instruments and socialization. Our lives are enriched by the mental and physical challenges of playing music, our interactions with each other, and by offering concerts to our community. Our bands and orchestras rehearse and perform 32 weeks a year! One of our members says ”NHBCOS challenges me to accomplish something and puts structure in my life.”
New Horizons is designed to serve an adult population, hungry for music learning and performance opportunities. Active participation in music fills the adult need for challenging intellectual activity. Many of our senior musicians, whose average age is 70, had not played their instrument in 50 years or more! Many of our almost 200 members tell us “next to my family, NHBCOS is the most important thing in my life.”
Operating income to enable us to keep musician participation fees as low as possible; selecting, purchasing and implementing an online registration system; a volunteer videographer; and a volunteer General Manager.
Playing a musical instrument relieves stress, improves the respiratory system, provides exercise, and improves cognitive performance- all things seniors need to stay healthy!
“Playing music keeps my 76-year-old brain active because playing music requires me to recognize musical notes, know how to play them on my instrument, read music time signatures, articulation, and expression all at the same time! It keeps me alive!” — Wayne Griffin, trombone player