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

New Horizons Band - Summer 2021
New Horizons Band - Summer 2021

Summer band is a great way to play your instrument in a group of like-minded musicians, and it's been too long since we've been able to make music together!

The 2021 Summer Band will be an outdoor program.

We will meet in a cordoned-off area of the Museum's parking lot. Chairs will be provided, but please bring your own music stand!

All band members will play together in one large concert band and we will culminate with a "Parking Lot Performance" on Wednesday, September 15th.

*At least one year of playing experience required.

Rehearsals will be from 5:30pm - 7pm in the parking lot of the Museum of Making Music.

Please contact Allison Hargis: 760-304-5817, for more information.

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.