You won't only be learning to play an instrument, you'll be meeting and making new friends to play with, in and out of the band room. Making music is important, but that's not all you'll do! (learn more)
Music helps you to live a longer, healthier, happier life. It gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Playing in a band fosters the retention of social skills, reducing isolation, self-discipline, sharing life with others. Playing an instrument helps you to sharpen your memory, retain and even develop fine motor skills. It is a physical and mental work out. Playing also helps suppress depression and anxiety. But most of all, IT'S FUN!!!
The Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons Band is a band program for mature adults, celebrating their sixth season, who want to play a musical instrument in a friendly group environment. There are classes at three levels: classes for absolute beginners and those who want to re-connect with musical skills they haven't used in years, classes for people who have been playing for a year or two, and classes for those more experienced players who want to learn more about playing in a band while making new friends. Each class meets once a week. All classes are now underway, and we will be starting an evening Beginner group in January. If you want to be kept in the loop on what's going on, send us a "contact me" form. (learn more)
It's time to register for the up-coming evening Beginner class (Jan. 2016). Visit our FAQ page for more information or head straight to the "Register Here!" page to get started today! All classes are being held at 789 Dovercourt Road, Salvation Army Hall (one short block north of Bloor West).
FREE Instrument Exploration Workshop - Friday, Jan. 8th, 7-9pm. Hosted by Long & McQuade Music at 925 Bloor Street West (Bloor at Ossington)
Come and join us for an evening of learning and fun. This great session is designed to give you the opportunity to try woodwind, brass and percussion instruments for free with lots of support. There will be coaches there to make sure you get it right and play your first few notes. It's also a place to meet the teachers of the New Horizons Band of Toronto and potential fellow classmates. All you need do is come, we'll provide you with everything else you need.
Carolling for Kids - we are doing our part to support Long & McQuade's campaign to sponsor the Music Therapy program at Toronto Sick Kids' Hospital. Watch for us on the sidewalk out front of the store on Saturday afternoons. We'll be playing, or singing depending on the weather. To make an on line donation click here.
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"Being in a band has been on my bucket list for over a decade." "When I saw the notice for the New Horizons Band at Long and McQuade, I signed up on the spot. The band is such fun and band night is now definitely my favourite night of the week!" - Jane
"Who knew that the challenges of learning to play music again after 40 some years would be so much fun? " - Michele
"Your best is good enough!", Dr. Roy Ernst, Prof. Eastman School of Music, founder of the New Horizons Band Organization