New Horizons Band

New Horizons Band

The national New Horizons Band program was developed by professor Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in 1991. The program offers adults the chance to learn how to play a concert band instrument and perform with other amateur musicians. The program has introduced thousands of people to the joys and benefits of music making.

The local North Coastal New Horizons Band is the Carlsbad affiliate of the National program.

The bands are hosted by the Museum of Making Music and conducted by Allison Hargis.

About the Conductor

Allison Hargis received her Bachelors degree in Music Education/flute from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from USIU. Allison taught band in the Poway Unified School District (where she met her band director husband) and has been with the North Coastal New Horizons Band since 2002.

For more information, contact Allison at (760) 304-5817 or

Current Offerings

Scholarship Application
Scholarship Application

Adult Music Scholarships offers adults (21 yrs. and older) and seniors with either no music experience, or those who haven’t played their instruments in many years, the opportunity to be a part of either the North Coast Strings Orchestra or the North Coastal New Horizons Band.   One of the most important aspects of this program, is that any adult who aspires to play a musical instrument for enjoyment and health will have access to this program, regardless of financial constraints. Financial assistance can cover monthly dues or instrument rental fees among other expenses.

Concert Band - Spring 2018
Concert Band - Spring 2018

The North Coastal New Horizons Band Program is excited to offer another chance for group music making this spring!

Jazz Band - Spring 2018
Jazz Band - Spring 2018

The jazz band is in full swing for the Spring!

 There are currently no openings in this group, but please contact Allison Hargis 760-304-5817 if you are interested in a future spot.

Program Events

Jazz Café with the "1st Edition" Jazz Band
May 14, 2018
The New Horizon "1st Edition" Jazz Band—a Museum education program—takes center stage at MiraCosta College

New Horizons Band Concert
June 13, 2018
Nearly 100 musicians from the Museum's three concert band groups—from beginners to more advanced musicians—perform at MiraCosta Collage Concert Hall

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