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was founded in November 2005 and offers its members a wide variety

of music to perform for all listeners to enjoy. All members are Village residents

and come from varied backgrounds with one commonality, instrumental music

making in their retirement years.

The Villages New Horizons Band continues to support the philosophy of the

international program of The New Horizons International Music Association

which encourages and supports senior citizens involvement in instrumental

music programs. NHB membership includes the Association of Concert Bands

and the Bands Of The Villages. The NHB supports various area groups and organizations through their donations derived from proceeds from our concerts.

New Horizons Band

Thursday 9 to 11am, Mulberry Rec Car

John Stranges 607-329-3487





Tuesday, July 3, 3pm and 7pm

Each year about 100 volunteer musicians from the Bands of the Villages (BOTV) combine their talents to produce a rousing musical celebration of our great nation. The conductors for the annual concert are shared by BOTV music directors Jean Butler, Hugh Wicks, and John Stranges. Lew Buckley joins them as guest conductor for two of his compositions.

The highlights of the concert include such tunes as “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “Sweet Land of Liberty”, and “American Salute”.  Examples of other favorite, flag-waving classics are included in “Irving Berlin’s Songs for America” and “The Good Old USA”. And when the “Armed Forces Medley” is played, those with military careers will be invited to stand for recognition by the admiring audience.

Put on your red, white, and blue clothes and come prepared to enjoy the band’s annual concert tradition. Such patriotic music reminds us of our American identities, values, and shared bonds. It is anticipated your pride in country will continue to be invigorated as the program concludes with everyone clapping along with “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.  

A large portion of proceeds from the concert will go to the Gainesville Fisher House located on the campus of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. The hotel facility is where families of hospitalized veterans are able to stay free of charge and is only steps away from the medical center. The hospital is designated as one of the VA trauma centers which treats some of the most severely injured military patients in the country.

Get your tickets and come out for a celebration that musically honors our country’s Independence Day. The $25 tickets are available through the Entertainment Box Offices or via The Villages Box Office Online. The online source makes it possible for Villages residents and non-residents to order tickets anytime and anywhere!  Concert tickets can be accessed at

The Villages Concert Band

is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the

funds from all concerts.

Jean Butler, the conductor

of The Villages Concert

Band has built a great musical organization here

in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested 

in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?


Jean Butler at

or 352-751-3401

Attendance Policy for playing a Concert

As we continue grow

in quality of performance

and quantity of members 

it is imperative to have full attendance at rehearsals.

We all know that there are very good reasons why people are not able to attend every rehearsal

and those reasons are respected; however, the following guidelines have been established to insure the highest level of performance that we 

can possibly achieve.

Ways to Improve Practice Time





New Horizons Band Rehearsal Info

May 16-August 15 no NHB rehearsals

Fall NHB rehearsals will begin

on Thursday August 22

No NHB rehearsals Nov 21 and Nov 28

Spring NHB rehearsals start Dec 5 & 12

No NHB rehearsals Dec 19 & 26, rehearsals will begin Jan 2, 2025

Spring Dress Rehearsal is Sunday, March 2, 2025 ready to play from 4-6pm

at Savannah

New Horizons Band Concerts 2023-2024

Fall Dress rehearsal on Sunday, Nov 17 at Savannah ready to play from 4-6pm (no uniforms)

Fall Concert is Monday, Nov 18 at Savannah report time TBA, tickets go

on sale 8 weeks prior at all Villages Tickets Office. A Salute to Veterans and Veterans Day will feature Colonel (Ret) Thomas Rotondi US Army guest conductor and SFC Leigh Annn Hinton guest soloist. 

Spring Concert is Monday,

March 3, 2025 future info to follow