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.