Grand River New Horizons Music
Concert Band
1914 Band
Swing Band
Beginner Band
History

The New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) is an organization founded by Dr. Roy Ernst, professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester N.Y. His goal was to create an entry point to group music-making for adult beginners and a comfortable re-entry point for adults who played music in school and would like to resume after years of building careers and raising children. This led to the formation of the first New Horizons group in Rochester in 1991. There are now over 150 New Horizons Music groups across the U.S. and Canada.

Grand River New Horizons Music, located in Waterloo, Ontario, is a relatively new member of the NHIMA, having been founded in the fall of 2008. Starting with 26 members, whose musical experience ranges from new (never played an instrument before) to symphony level, this concert band has been gathering each week to learn and make music together, and have fun doing so!


Our Purpose

The objective of GRNHM is to expand people's lives through making music and exists to:
• Provide adults with entry points to making music, including those with no musical experience and those who had been involved in other band programmes
• Provide opportunities to make new friends and socialize in a supportive environment based on principals of inclusion, gender equality, and mutual respect
• Encourage members to develop and exercise their non-musical skills and talents by contributing their expertise to the operation of this organization.
• Provide entertainment to the community through public performances



In addition to our main concert band and the swing band, members who share a love for the same kind of music have also formed smaller ensembles. Some of the more enduring groups are The Parquet Players and Beginner Band. Everyone is encouraged to pursue their own musical passion. A woodwind ensemble, brass quintet and a dixieland quartet have performed on occasion.