You're never too old to make music.

Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc.

Our By-Laws Revised 2/9/16:

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Our Board of Directors:
President: Gary Lensmeyer, BS (MTASCAP)

    Mr. Lensmeyer plays oboe, English horn, clarinet, &

    saxophones in several community bands and ensembles

Fin. Sec./Treasurer: Doug Dowling, DMin, BCC-retired

    Dr. Dowling is playing trumpet again after a 50 year break

Secretary: Ron Besemer, MA (choral music)

    Mr. Besemer plays piano and serves as his church's choir


As a 501(c)(3) public charity, you may deduct donations to DCNHM under IRS section 170 on your federal and state income tax returns. You may deduct bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under IRS Sections 2055, 2106 or 2522. Gifts of up to $100,000 from your Traditional or Roth IRA are deductible if you are age 70 1/2 or older. Please consult your tax preparer, estate planner or IRA custodian for more information. To date, we have received over $2500 in individual donations and $500 from the New Horizons International Musical Association.

Our Mission:

The mission of DCNHM is to provide a band for mature, beginning and intermediate players, with additional bands, orchestras, and/or choruses developed as needed.

Our Vision:

DCNHM will be an umbrella association under which the band and other ever evolving musical groups will operate. DCNHM will provide:

  • Contracting for lessons and musical director services
  • Supporting musical groups with educational, rehearsal and performance opportunities
  • Providing instruments such as, but not limited to, percussion

Our Values:

  • ​Provide an environment that promotes collegiality.
  • Promote musical enjoyment and growth in playing ability
  • Recognize music as a part of, and a way to obtain, mental and physical wellness and wholeness
  • Respecting, honoring, and celebrating diversity in the mature community.

Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc. (DCNHM) was organized on November 30, 2015 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity by several people wanting to meet the need in the Dane County (Madison) Wisconsin area for a beginners/intermediate band for adult musicians who may be just beginning to play a musical instrument or for those who have not played since they were in high school or college. The organization is also open to input from the community for the need to start or partner with additional bands, symphony orchestras, choruses and ensembles. Dane County New Horizons Music is a proud member of the New Horizons International Music Association and the Association of Concert Bands. Public performance of copyrighted music is licensed by ASCAP and BMI through the Association of Concert Bands.

While many adults would like to learn to play a musical instrument they are unaware of how to begin. The New Horizons Music movement provides for this entry into making music for adults all around the world. While generally designed for those over 50 years of age, any adult is welcome to participate in the Dane County New Horizons Music program.  Music is a great way to exercise and expand mental capacity, increase social contacts, and have fun in the process.