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 Fall 2017 Season
Concert Band Fall 2017 Season

New Horizons Band offers adults the chance to play a concert band instrument with other amateur musicians. From trumpet to tuba and percussion to bassoon, a wide range of instruments are included! Starting September 13th, the bands rehearse on Wednesday evenings and offers beginning (5PM), intermediate (6PM) and advanced (7:30PM) ensembles.  Please contact Allison Hargis at or 760-304-5817 to RSVP or for more information.

Tuition is $100 for the semester and scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Three levels of band are offered.

Beginning Band: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

No experience is necessary for the beginning band. Participants will learn everything from putting the instrument together to reading music. Participants will need to provide an instrument and the book, Accent on Achievement (book 1) by Mark Williams and John O'Reilly.

Intermediate Band: 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

A minimum of one year of playing experience is required for this group. The Intermediate Band works out of the book, Accent on Achievement (book 2) Mark Williams and John O'Reilly. All other music is provided.

Advanced Band: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

This group for experienced adult amateur instrumentalists. If you are new to the band, please contact Allison (760-304-5817) to see if this group might be the right fit.


Jazz Band Fall 2017 Session
Jazz Band Fall 2017 Session

The Jazz Band is one of the offerings of our New Horizons Band Program.

There are no available spots for new members as of now, but please contact Allison Hargis if you are interested in a future opening!

Tuition for jazz band is $100 and scholarships are available.

If you are participating in both concert and jazz bands, please contact Allison for a discount code!

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