Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequently asked questions are below. However, if you have a question that is not answered here, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
NEW! – Is the band operating at this time given the Covid-19 situation?
As of September 2020, there are no solid plans on resuming in-person rehearsals or instruction for the Fall season. At this time, no new beginning level members are being being added. Current members may be able to participate in online rehearsals, details of which are still in the works.
Do I need to audition to join the band?
Auditions are not required to join.
How well do I have to play to join?
All levels are invited to join: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Many of our
beginning members have never played an instrument or want to learn to play a new instrument. Some have not played an instrument since their school days while others have been playing for many years.
Do I need to provide my own instrument?
Yes. Members must provide their own instruments. Instruments can be rented or purchased at several of the local music stores.
What does it cost to join?
There is tuition of $80 per semester and payment is made to the University of Arizona via check. There is also financial assistance available if needed. Just let the director know your situation.
What if I’ve never played an instrument before?
No worries! We welcome you as you begin this new adventure. All you will need is your instrument and a positive attitude! Music stands will be available in practice and rehearsal rooms.
Where and when do you rehearse?
Our rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons, 3:00-5:00 pm, in the Fred Fox School of Music building (1017 N. Olive Rd.).
Parking is available in the Park Ave. Garage, located at the corner of Park Ave and Speedway. The garage is free on the weekends, and also offers an underpass so you don’t have to worry about crossing Speedway. The Fred Fox School of Music is up and to the right as you emerge on the southern side of the underpass.
Do I have to buy my own music?
No. All music to be performed is provided. However, a lesson book is required. Exact edition will be discussed at the first rehearsal.
How long are rehearsals?
The band rehearses once a week for two hours, split between sectional instruction and ensemble rehearsal.
Are the rehearsals fun?
Yes! Although we practice seriously, our rehearsals are enjoyable and educational. Many
friendships develop among New Horizon members.
Who are the members?
We come from all sorts of interesting backgrounds and experiences. Although we welcome all ages, a majority of us are over 50+ and so far our oldest member is 82.
Who is the conductor?
The conductor and founder of the Tucson chapter of New Horizons is Matt Williams, a UA music education faculty member. You can learn more about Matt at https://music.arizona.edu/people/directory/mlwilliams
Who teaches how to play the instruments?
University of Arizona music students serve as sectional coaches. The sectional coaches are specialists on specific instruments and they volunteered their time to work with the band members. For those who need it, they will walk you through instrument assembly, basic tone production, instrument care, playing posture, and other foundational things. They may also give you some good warm-up exercises to help you set a good playing foundation.
Do you rehearse and perform all year long?
No. Our schedule starts after Labor Day and ends in May. The New Horizon band, however, performs 2 concerts, one in the fall (with the returning and more experienced members) and one in late spring with all members. We follow the University of Arizona calendar and have the same vacation breaks throughout the year.
Where and how often does the band perform?
The band will perform a fall and spring concerts that take place in Crowder Hall in the Fred Fox School of Music. All concerts are free.
How can I get more information?
There is lots of information on our website but if you would like additional information or clarification, you can click Contact Us link and send us an email message or telephone (520) 621-3394. Also, consider arranging to stop by and sit in on one of rehearsals, meet the conductor and some of the mentors.