Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


OLLI New Horizons Band

The New Horizons Band exists for the enjoyment of its members. Some members are just beginning a new instrument, while others are reconnecting to their past musical experiences or expanding their current musical experiences. Some members dedicate a considerable amount of time to practicing and musical study; others are more casual in their approach. Regardless of previous musical background and levels of ability and participation, all are welcome. The New Horizons Band provides opportunities for its members to grow musically and to enjoy rehearsing, playing, and performing with others. There are no auditions for the program.

The New Horizons Band is affiliated with the University of North Carolina’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Members pay membership and tuition to OLLI, which pays for our music and our conductor.

The social component of New Horizons is very important. Members socialize during breaks at each rehearsal and at occasional social events held during the year. We hope that you will consider joining the New Horizons Band!


Here are some recordings from our Spring 2019 Concert:


Shimmering Joy (mp3)

Chasing Sunlight (mp3)

Kentucky 1800 (mp3)

Blue Ridge Reel (mp3)


Spring 2020

Mondays, Jan. 27 – April 20
11 sessions • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
$79 OLLI Members
No rehearsal on Feb. 24 and March 9
Free Concert: Monday, April 27
7:30 p.m. • Kenan Auditorium

More Information

Band Director: Dominic Talanca, M.M.


About the Band

The OLLI New Horizons Band of Wilmington, in cooperation with the UNCW Department of Music, provides an opportunity for adults of all ages to make music in a concert band format. Experienced musicians and beginners alike are invited to participate. For those just beginning to play, or playing again for the first time in many years, guidance is provided.

The OLLI New Horizons Band is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), which began in 1991 when Roy Ernst, the founder of NHIMA, saw a need to provide adults an entry point for music making, no matter their experience level. See the entire New Horizons Band story at www.newhorizonsmusic.org.

To obtain information about the OLLI New Horizons Band, please contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW by calling 910.962.3195 or email us at olli@uncw.edu.


Make a Donation

Tax-deductible contributions can be made through the OLLI program to the New Horizons Band to defray costs to purchase music and other appropriate costs which are not covered by the tuition.