New Horizons Band




New Horizons Band is a non-auditioned performance ensemble for adults age 50 and over. Members get to be part of a band, play favorite melodies and exciting band arrangements, meet new people who share a love of music, and have a weekly outing that promotes good health, relaxation, and fun! Directed by Glenn Pohland, our New Horizons Band gives a variety of public performances. The school's New Horizon Band was formed in 2009 and is a part of the international organization New Horizons Music (see below for more info).

If you already play a band instrument, join today! Need beginner or refresher lessons? It's never too late to learn to play an instrument or read music! Enroll now in private lessons at Northeast Iowa School of Music. When you are ready, join the band!

Conductor: Dr. Glenn Pohland

Contact Person/Treasurer: LeeAnn Buchheit

Locations of Rehearsals: Visitation Building, Gallagher Hall, at Loras College, 900 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

Rehearsal Times: Weekly on Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30PM

First Rehearsal for the Spring: January 11, 2022

Check back in August for the 2022-2023 fall semester schedule.

COVID update as of 9/1/2021 *must be fully vaccinated to attend*


New Horizons Band was featured on KCRG.



Dubuque Area Retired School Personnel Assocation

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022

Time: 11:00am

Location: Best Western Hotel


Concert with Loras Wind Ensemble

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022

Time: 7:30pm

Location: to be announced


Junior High Honor Band

Date: Friday, March 25, 2022

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Loras Fieldhouse


Concert with Dubuque Community String Orchestra and Heartland Harmony

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque



Sign up today! Simply click on the PDF below and submit a New Horizons Band registration form with payment to Northeast Iowa School of Music or give payment to the treasurer at the first rehearsal. Each semester is only $30 to participate. Contact the school at (563) 690-0151 with questions. 

New Horizons Band





What is New Horizons Music?

Our school's New Horizons Band is part of the international organization New Horizons Music. This group is living proof that, when it comes to learning to play a musical instrument, it truly is “never too late.”  Many band members, who must be at least 50 years old, started taking music lessons only after passing their half-century birthday. Yet the New Horizons Music concept, the result of a groundbreaking music course at the University of Rochester’s (NY) Eastman School of Music, has become a popular performing ensemble in communities across the U.S., enticing amateur musicians ranging in age from their early fifties to mid-eighties.
Recent studies have determined that adults over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the population, and mu

sic and wellness in older adults is an increasingly popular area of study.  Programs such as New Horizons Band provide mental and social stimulation, stress relief, and a number of other potential health benefits. Older adults have the time and motivation necessary to develop musical skills rapidly. In addition, performing music—especially in large groups—can improve health and quality of life.



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