Peterborough New Horizons Bands

What's Happening

Register NOW for the 2024-2025 season. Whether you are a beginner, rusty or experienced. We have a band for you to learn a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Contact us at or go to Contact Us to register. Instrument rental options are available. Inexperienced plays (Green band) rehearse on Mondays and the others on Wednesdays, during day time hours. Our main season is September to May. Here is our pamphlet explaining PNHB
June 19 2024, PNHB will have an exhibit at the Living Well Senior Showcase, from 9am-4pm, at Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough. There will be over 100 exhibitiers offering products and services and information for seniors and their families. Check the link for parking directions.
September 9 2024, PNHB Open House. First day of our 2024-2025 Season. 9am-noon. Get information. Register to start that day in Green Band or to register for one of our more advanced bands that start September 11, 9am-noon for Jubilee & Allegro and 1pm-4pm for Skylark and Odyssey. 1 Consumers Pl Peterborough. Lots of parking.
Stay tuned for our next concert in the Fall 2024. All 5 of our concert bands will be performing. Tickets are $15 (children 10 and under free). Purchase tickets from band members or at the door.
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Peterborough New Horizon Band is a registered charity. To donate click here


We are more than 175 music-and-fun-loving members of all ages who play together in five concert bands. We play a wide variety of music on brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.

We welcome newcomers with whatever level of musical experience they have, and even those who have never read a musical note or played any instrument. There is a place for everyone and we will find it for you.

Our green band welcomes those with little or no musical experience, those whose musical skills are a little rusty and those who would like to learn to play a new instrument. Graduates of Green Band and those with prior musical experience are members of one (or more) of our other four bands. Our video

Each band is led by one or two of our five fun loving and experienced conductors. As well, coaches work with our members in smaller groups, usually once every two weeks - more often with Green Band members.

All bands perform in concerts in May and December.

Smaller groups (ensembles) perform at community events, in residential homes and in schools. We encourage new ensembles to form around a particular interest: there is something for everyone.

Check out the Music Making page for more information on the bands and conductors.


We rehearse at the Living Hope Church 1 Consumers Pl, Peterborough (on Lansdowne), typically between 9am-4pm. See the members page for the current schedule for each band and events. Wheelchairs and pushers are available for those who need help.

Social events

Though our raison d'être is to play music together. We also like to relax, eat and enjoy each other's company.

Our Social Committee organizes many fun events, like pot luck lunches, often with entertainment by our own musical groups, picnics at the zoo and other group events.

About every two years, we form a holiday band - the "Sunshine Band". The band rehearses through Summer and Fall to prepare a concert for a winter holiday destination. So far, these fun adventures have included a cruise and two trips to Cuba.

Also we have band exchanges with other New Horizons Bands. At these special performances, we come together to share our musical experiences,

To get a better feel for our social activities, please check out the archives and members sections of this website.


PNHB is a non-profit organization administered by a member volunteer Board of Directors, which is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the bands. Other PNHB members have volunteered and taken responsibility for organizing many functions and activities including roles such as: music librarian, social coordinator, concert band manager, email coordinator, green band manager, treasurer (a Board position), and membership dues collector.

Each ensemble is self-governing and has a treasurer responsible for collecting fees.

Our five merry conductors and our coaches are paid contractors.

Our History

New Horizons International The New Horizons Bands program was conceived by Dr. Roy Ernst, then a professor at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester University. He believed that anybody can learn to play a musical instrument, and at any age. The first New Horizons Band was formed in Rochester New York in 1991 and to-day, there are more than 100 similar programs in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

The program aims to provide instruction to adults wishing to learn how to play wind, brass or percussion instruments. It is also for individuals who might have played in high school but put it aside for many years. Membership in a New Horizons Band can fill your life with music, new friends, fun and accomplishment.

The Peterborough, Ontario, Canada New Horizons Bands (PNHB) was formed in the spring of 2002 with 52 new members. PNHB now has almost 200 members: it is one of the fastest growing and largest of all New Horizons organizations.

PNHB continues to be a member of New Horizons International Association.

Thank you to our sponsors Delta Bingo Gaming and The Pyle Group