Band program for seniors resumes this month

Published on January 6, 2017

The New Horizons band program is ready to make music again. The program returns this month and provides seniors with an opportunity to play a musical instrument.

TRURO, N.S. – The 16th Wave Cobequid New Horizons Band program is set to launch this month.

The New Horizons program starts groups of beginners – or “raw recruits” – twice a year, in September and January.

This newest group, beginning Jan. 12, is the 12th beginner band to be started in the Truro area. The First Wave was in September 2009.

The program is designed to offer an excellent musical opportunity for the seniors population of Truro and surrounding area and is now in its eighth year.

The season commences with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session upstairs at the Colchester Legion Stadium on Lorne Street at 3:30 p.m.

Anyone age 50 or older who has wanted to play a musical instrument, or if has played in their “earlier years” and is interested in taking it up again, this group provides the opportunity.

Instruments that will be taught include flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium (baritone), tuba, drums and percussion, violin, cello, piano, guitar and electric or acoustic bass.

The program is directed by Paul Barrett, a retired music teacher and professional musician from Truro who spent years teaching in the public school system here. He is a trombonist and pianist, as well as an arranger and composer, and has many years of experience teaching music to people of varying ages, many over the age of 50.

For information, send an email to Paul Barrett: or call 902-986-8444. Brochures are available at the Colchester East-Hants Library, the Marigold Cultural Centre, Mingo Music, and many Truro churches, or through Barrett.