About The Northumberland New Ventures Band


Our History:  Northumberland New Ventures Band (NNVB) began as one community band, founded in Cobourg, Ontario. It was initially proposed at the Cobourg Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee on January 1, 2014 by our Music Director, Glenn Bailey. Glenn announced the formation of the band and invited anyone in the audience who had an urge to play an instrument to attend a meeting two weeks hence.  The response was overwhelming! Over forty people turned up to hear Concert Band members demonstrate and talk about their instruments. By the end of the evening, Glenn had all the information he needed to create a new band, aptly named the Northumberland New Ventures Band.  

Our Charitable Status:  The Band is a not-for-profit registered Charitable Organization, registration number 83167 3389 RR001.  Since 2014, NNVB has evolved to become three main bands (Intro, Mezzo and Avanti) catering to all levels of experience. In addition, we have a number of specialty bands and smaller groups, borne of our need to find creative ways to continue playing during COVID-19. 

Our Membership: Our members are all adults learning to play a musical instrument in a fun, no pressure, social group setting. Most of our members have had no musical experience or may have played many years ago in high school.

Our Music:  The Bands play many kinds of music, from classic to pop, and have branched out into jazz, swing, blues, and other genres as driven by the interests and abilities of its members.

Our Bands:  Our Intro Band welcomes anyone who is interested in learning to play an instrument, whether they have played before, or have never even held an instrument. We are always in search of new players.  Mezzo and Avanti Bands complete the trio of our main bands, and offer the opportunities for Intro Band members to progress, once they are comfortable doing so.  Our Big Band focuses on the swing/jazz genres and offers opportunities for more accomplished players to solo with that group. Our Piccola Band (a “little” big band) is a smaller band that provides daytime performances in the community.

Our Season:  Our music year runs from September to June, and in normal times has weekly Wednesday and Thursday evening rehearsals at The Orange Lodge, 397 Ontario St. at University Ave. in Cobourg.  (Note that NNVB has no religious or political affiliations.)

Our “Normal” rehearsal times:

  • Intro (beginner) Band – Thursday 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Mezzo (intermediate) Band – Thursday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Avanti Band (experienced) rehearsals – Wednesday 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. 
  • Big Band – Friday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Piccola Band  rehearses as required for daytime performances in the community under the musical direction of Glenn Bailey.

Our Current Rehearsal times:

Due to COVID-19 precautions being necessary, the current schedule is as follows:

Wednesdays – Brass Quintet 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Flute Choir 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Brass Choir 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursdays – Percussion Ensemble 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Clarinet Choir 3:30 to 5 p.m., Intro Band 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fridays – Saxophone Choir 1:30 p.m., to 3 p.m. Big Band 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Intro Band Sax Section


About Our Music Director

Glenn Bailey

Our award-winning founder and music director, Glenn Bailey, comes to us with over 40 years of experience in teaching instrumental music to adults, and youth of all ages. He has shared his experience across many communities in southern Ontario including Guelph, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Cobourg, and Peterborough, enjoying success at every turn. Following retirement, Glenn settled in Cobourg with his wife Nancy. They have three grown daughters and five grandchildren living here and in the Ottawa area.

His passion for teaching music and his good humour create a fun environment for all to learn and grow through music.



Our Future

As the New Ventures Band gained a second year of experience with more advanced skills it became clear that a new intake group, with absolutely no previous music background, was needed in order to maintain the band’s long-term viability.

In June 2015 the Band held an open house to invite new and experienced musicians to join the organization. The recruitment drive was successful. At the start of the 2015/16 season, the Northumberland New Ventures Intro Band started with eighteen new musicians and another ten experienced musicians joined the original band.

We repeated the open house evening again in June of 2016 and 2017. As the band grew, so did Word of Mouth as folks began to talk about the New Ventures. We continue to hold an Open House for new members each year at the beginning of September.

If you have ever wanted to learn to read and play music, contact us. It is never too late!


Our Social Times:  ALL band members are welcome at our post-rehearsal socials, usually at a local pub. In addition we have our Holiday Season gettogether in December.

Our Fundraising:  During “normal” times we enjoy fundraising through our annual yard sale. This year we are planning a bottle drive in July, and a repeat of last year’s holiday season fundraiser with Empire Cheese.


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