The New Horizons Concert Band is for Adult Beginners. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can learn to play an instrument and have fun at the same time. Whether you have played a bit in the past, or simply never had the chance, the New Horizons Concert Band could be the start of a new experience of music. Members of New Horizons come from all walks of life. Some have never played an instrument. Others haven't played since school.

New Horizons Band

If you enjoy music and want the chance to 'play' with others, the New Horizons Band could be what you are looking for.

The New Horizons Band can offer you:

  • A chance to learn to play for the first time or where you left it years ago, or if you are experienced, just come to rehearsals
  • Individual lessons or lessons with a small group
  • The chance to rehearse with a band
  • Good company and a laugh at the same time

Lessons on the following instruments are offered - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Tuba, Euphonium and Percussion.

Some instruments are available for hire so they can be tried before purchasing.

The New Horizons Concert Band was launched by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council (DRMC) in February 2008 and has steadily been growing in numbers since then.


Thursday afternoons during school terms between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Lessons are conducted before band rehearsals or as arranged.


$10 per week for band rehearsal only.

$29.50 - lesson and rehearsal (lesson $22.00 and rehearsal $7.50).

DRMC annual membership fee.


Tecoma Uniting Church Hall
1566 Burwood Highway
Tecoma VIC 3160

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Our Conductor

Our conductor is Brian Hogg. Brian has some thirty-plus years experience teaching music, running music camps, conducting choirs, bands and ensembles and is a composer in his own right, being known for his contemporary concert band compositions. He is passionate about music. If you would like to know more about Brian then Google 'Brian Hogg'.

Brian is assisted by Kate McAlister who also has formal qualifications in music and education. Both Brian and Kate teach music. Brian teaches brass and percussion and Kate teaches woodwind and percussion. Kate sometimes conducts the band but often moves from one area in the band to another where we need additional players.

Our Music

The music we play covers a wide spectrum.  It ranges from classical pieces to pieces for children and includes music from movie and television themes, music with an Austraian flavour, music from other countries, music with an American flavour and Christmas carols and songs.


The New Horizon Concert Band does six to eight performances a year including retirement villages, Probus Clubs, workshops with secondary school students, introductions to instruments in the band with primary school students, official openings, special events, conferences and, of course, carols at Christmas time.

Beginner Band

In the near future we are going to start a beginner band for those people who have no musical experience and for those who played a long time ago and would now like to take up music again and feel they need to 'brush up' before playing in a more experienced band. So if you have a mind to do this you can obtain further information by calling or emailing either:

John Sargeant - 9800 2060 or 0417 513 908 or
Marion Maher - 0413 800 971 or
Ivan Santurini - 9800 0110 or  0418 174 456 or

If you are interested in playing a musical instrument in a band then you might like to come along and see how you would fit in to the New Horizons Concert band or alternatively its Beginner Band. Enthusiasm is much more important than experience. Our 'Open Day' will give you a chance to talk to our conductor and members of the Band who can help you with any of your questions.

You can read the read the 2016 Annual report here.

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