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Founding director of the Iowa City New Horizons Band, Don Coffman, then professor and head of Music Education at The University of Iowa, envisioned the Band as an opportunity for adults to learn or reacquaint themselves with wind and percussion instrumental music.  Dr. Coffman also hoped it would influence his undergraduate music education and graduate students “to awaken (to) the notion that eventually their careers can extend beyond the classroom, that they can build closer connections between schools and communities.” 

The Iowa City New Horizons Band subscribes to the national philosophy of the New Horizons International Music Association founded by Roy Ernst in 1991. Ernst believed that “anyone can learn to play music at a level that will bring a sense of accomplishment and the ability to perform in a group.” With respect to the style of instruction, the Iowa City New Horizons Band subscribes to another Ernst principle, “the style of instruction must be completely supportive and free of competition and intimidation.” Ernst concludes, “Your best is good enough,” and the Iowa City New Horizons Band members agree. 
Steering Committee
Donna Grundstad (2021), Secretary   <>
Joyce Marner (2021), President  <>
Bill Blanchard (2022)  <>
Chuck Hesse (2022)   <>
Doug Busch (2023)   <dab444dab@yahoo.c0m>
Steve Helscher (2023)   <>

                                From July 22 through the 26th 2021 at the Senior Center as many 
                                as 75 musicians will gather to learn music under the batons of band 
                                founders and current conductors. Founding director Don D.                                 Coffman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music Education 
                                and Music Therapy, University of Miami and former professor of 
                                Music Education at The University of Iowa, Roy Ernst, Ph.D.,  
                                Professor Emeritus, The Eastman School of Music, The University 
                                of Rochester, founder of the New Horizons Program and Director of 
                                The New Horizons Music Project as well as current and former ICNHB directors will lead the camp​.

Click here for the preliminary camp information packet.  
In the spring there will be a registration form and a link to reserve a room at a downtown hotel within walking distance of the rehearsal site.
We'll give it another try next summer!
2020 was the bands 25th anniversary.
Creation of an anniversary video was one of the projects that was delayed due to covid, but no longer! 
See the anniversary video!  Click for video.