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Congaree New Horizons Band

Do you wish you had learned to play an instrument as a youngster? Or maybe you wish you had practiced more. It’s never too late to learn! If you’re age 50 or older, you can learn to play in a concert band at the School of Music.

Members of the Congaree New Horizons Band come from all walks of life, and no prior musical experience is required to participate. Learn to play and perform a band instrument in a group setting and have a lot of fun doing it. 

Each practice session includes full group rehearsals and small group and individual instruction. The band performs two to four concerts per semester at various locations in the Columbia Metropolitan area.

USC's Congaree New Horizons Band is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association, an organization that encourages seniors to learn and make music with friends. New Horizons has approximately 220 bands worldwide.


$150 per semester for beginning players
$100 per semester for experienced players; with participation in the jazz band an additional $40/semester.

Fees do not include instrument rental or purchase but do include music and materials used in classes.

Fall 2014 Schedule

Thurs., August 7, 7:00 p.m.
Crescent Moon Jazz Band Concert
USC String Project Building (821 Park St., Columbia, SC)

Fri., August 8, 7:00 p.m.
Congaree New Horizons Band Concert
School of Music Recital Hall

Mon., August 25, 7:00 p.m.
New Horizons Band Recruiting Meeting and Concert
School of Music Recital Hall

Mon., September 8, 5:30 p.m.
New Horizons Band first fall rehearsal (beginner, intermediate, and advanced bands)
USC String Project Building (821 Park St.)

Mon., September 8, 7:00 p.m.
New Horizons Jazz Band first fall rehearsal (beginner and advanced)
USC String Project Building (821 Park St.)

Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals are held each Monday evening at the USC String Project Building on the campus of USC at 851 Park Street.

Beginners and Concert Bands  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Band  7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

For more information: email Lauren Meccia.