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New Horizons beginnings

New Horizons International Music Association is the brainchild of Dr. Roy Ernst, a professor of music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1991, he decided to form a musical program for serior adults who either wanted to begin to play a musical instrument or wished to do so again. That the program was a success is without doubt! As well as in the U.S. and Canada, it is now operational in England, Australia, Ireland, Italy and many other countries.


Clarington's start

Fred MildonClarington New Horizons was formed in 2008 and consisted of a concert band and a swing band. In 2011, the two became separate organizations.

The swing bands are under the musical direction of Fred Mildon, a lifetime musician who played and toured with the big bands of yesteryear. The program has grown into 2 big bands, a little big band and a quartet who play all of the standard big band repertoire.

Benefits of playing an instrument

  • maintain mental and physical health
  • experience an active life
  • strive for and achieve new goals
  • meet new friends
  • work together as a team to perform in the community (formal concerts, shopping malls, dances, parks, retirement and nursing homes)
  • have serious fun!