Our Mission:

The mission of DCNHM is to provide a band for mature 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 group lessons and musical director services
  • Supporting musical groups with educational, rehearsal and performance opportunities
  • Assistance finding an instrument

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 band for adult musicians who may be new to playing a musical instrument, those who have not played since they were in high school or college, and those who want to learn to play a additional instrument. 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 start. 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.

You're never too old to make music.

Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc.

Our By-Laws:

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Our Board of Directors:
President: Gary Lensmeyer

Vice-President: Tony Torres

Secretary: Marli Johnson

Fin. Sec./Treasurer: Doug Dowling

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 $3,700 in individual and non-profit organization donations.