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New Horizons Adult Band

International Music Program for Adults Now on the East End

East End Arts New Horizons Band provides adults ages "50 or better" who have little or no instrumental experience with the opportunity to learn new skills and/or advance their skills and play concert band music in an ensemble of like-minded life-long learners.

Participation is open to adults age 50 and older.
No previous musical experience is required.

Advance registration required: call 631-369-2171 or email education@eastendarts.org

Students may bring their own instruments or rent from Music & Arts in Riverhead, NY, which will offer informational meeting attendees the opportunity to try out various instruments.

There are many benefits to playing music at any age. Music is a complex activity that helps in memory and motor skills and the coordination of the senses. Music combines physical, mental and social engagement which in turn promotes healthy aging. Music benefits our brain to keep developing it, to keep it active.

East End Arts is excited to be presenting this special program, the first of its kind on the East End of Long Island, to commence in February 2016. The New Horizons Band program was founded 25 years ago by Professor Roy Ernst, the Music Education Department Chair at Eastman School of Music, one of the top music schools in the United States. The New Horizons Bands program has grown to over 215 groups, more than 9,000 participants across the world on three continents, and sponsors numerous summer band camps in North America.

Professor Roy Ernst, the founder of the New Horizons program stated: “Playing music in groups supports good mental and physical health, besides being an unending source of joy.”


Meet the Band Director: Matthew Gardiner

“Matthew is an incredible instructor who is able to work individually with participants, while at the same time bringing the group together as a whole to progress. He makes each session very enjoyable and a memorable learning experience.”
- Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director

Matthew Gardiner is a musician, music educator and music director who received his Master of Arts in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music, both from Hunter College in New York.
As a music educator, he believes in using music principles and theories to inspire deep and critical thinking through coding and decoding as well as drawing meaning out of text and musical lines. As a director his vision is one that entwines music and community both inside and outside of school. He feels strongly that music can change lives forever.
Matthew teaches both instrumental and vocal students privately, leads a youth choir, and was a music director and conductor for the Riverhead Faculty Community Theatre. He has experience in competitive marching bands, playing in jazz bands, leading choirs, musical theatre groups and plays multiple instruments including piano.



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