New Horizons Band celebrates 10 years of making music no matter the age

New Horizons Band celebrates 10 years of making music no matter the age
September 16, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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The New Horizons Band of Benedictine University will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special concert at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 at Benedictine’s Krasa Student Center. The performance is free and open to the public. The New Horizons concept was founded in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Its philosophy is that there is musical potential in every person at any age that can be developed and expressed to a personally rewarding level. The program has created opportunity for ensemble music participation for both new adult learners and for those who played music in school years previous. Members find many positive aspects of participating in the band ranging from socialization to accomplishment to health benefits. The Department of Music at Benedictine University established a New Horizons Band in 1998 under the direction of Maryann Flock. It is one of 149 groups in the United States, Canada and Ireland. The most common format is that of a concert band, but some are choral ensembles or orchestras. The New Horizons Band at Benedictine takes the main form of a concert band with smaller groups for jazz, brass and woodwind pieces. The ratio of adults who took up their instruments for the first time to those who are re-learning is about 50-50. Although participants’ ages range from 50 to considerably more than 50, membership is open to any adult. The band meets for 10 months over the course of the year during the full two academic semesters and a shortened summer session. There are two regularly scheduled concerts, one in December and one in May. The full concert band and the small groups also appear throughout the year at other venues such as retirement homes, group homes, parks and parades, and have been featured at the Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference. A reception will follow the concert and a banquet dinner is open to any former members.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.