Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

New Horizons Band

SPRING 2024 Session: February 5 – June 6 (16 weeks)
Directed by Patricia Hurley
Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main Street, Centerbrook
$360 + $15 Registration Fee (10% discount for students 65+)

Meets Mondays, 10:00-10:45am (Brass), followed by full band
Meets Thursdays, 10:00am-10:45am (Woodwinds), followed by full band

Active participation in music fills important needs for adults – the need for challenging intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have exciting events in the future.

Launched in 2009, New Horizons at CMS under the direction of Patricia Hurley is a supportive group for beginners or those who have not played an instrument in years. There are no auditions and everyone is welcome!

Rehearsals are twice a week with performances scheduled during the semester. Standard band literature graded level 2-3 in all styles and genres will be performed.

Beginners may schedule private lessons in preparation for joining full rehearsals (additional costs apply).

For more information and to register:

Call  860-767-0026.

About New Horizons

The New Horizons music program was introduced in Rochester, New York in 1991, the brainchild of Roy Ernst of Eastman Conservatory. Today there are about 150 New Horizons bands, choruses and orchestras in the United States and Canada, with thousands of participants. These organizations provide an entry point for adults who have either never studied music or who have been away from it for many years, allowing them to share the joyful experience of recreational music making.

As it was first developed, members had to be at least 50 years old, but we have opened our program to any adults who are available between 10 and 12 on Monday and Thursday mornings for sectional and full band rehearsals. Read more at

We invite you to join the recreational music movement — you’ll be glad you did! Be a part of the New Horizons Band at Community Music School!

For more information call 860-767-0026.

Faculty for this Program

Patricia Hurley

Patricia Hurley, Paddy, founded the Community Music School in 1983 in response to the need for expanded music education in the community. The Founding Board included current Board President Margaret Very and Old Saybrook resident Nancy King. A teacher for 38 years, Patricia was  Band Director at John Winthrop Middle School and Valley Regional High School for 18 years and subsequently in Scarsdale, NY for 14. A graduate of Cornell, she holds degrees from Eastman (MM Music ed) and UCONN (trumpet performance).  She was a founding member of the Fair Winds Brass Ensemble, served as co-principal trumpet of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and performed regularly with several other Connecticut orchestras as well as Salt Marsh Opera and Cappella Cantorum. Patricia founded the Community Music School chapter of the New Horizons Band in 2009 with current members Bob Johnson, Rolf Peterson and Tony Carrano. She also teaches trumpet at the school as well as at the Adult Band Camp at the New England Music Camp in Maine. Paddy teaches on Tuesdays.