Founded in Cobourg, Ontario in early 2014, the Northumberland New Ventures Band is a community band comprised of adults learning to play a musical instrument in a fun, no pressure, social group setting. Most members had no prior musical experience while some had played an instrument in high school.
The Band is a not-for-profit registered Charitable Organization, registration number 83167 3389 RR001.
The band plays many kinds of music from classic to pop and is branching out into jazz, swing, blues, and other genres as driven by the interests and abilities of its members.
The New Ventures Band music season is from September through June with weekly Wednesday and Thursday evening rehearsals held at The Orange Lodge 397 Ontario St. at University Ave. in Cobourg. The New Ventures Band has no religious or political affiliations.
In a “normal” year, times are as follows:
- Intro (beginner) Band sessions are held on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. under the musical direction of David Mitchell.
- Mezzo (Intermediate) Band rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the musical direction of David Marshall and David Mitchell.
- Avanti Band (experienced) rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. under the musical direction of Glenn Bailey.
- Big Band for members who are interested in the swing/jazz genres are welcome to join this special interest group under the guidance of music directors David Marshall and Glenn Bailey. Big Band rehearsals are on Friday evenings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Piccola Band (a “little” big band) rehearses as required for daytime performances in the community under the musical direction of Glenn Bailey.
ALL band members are welcome at our post-rehearsal socials.
NOTE: 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.
Our Music Director:
Glenn Bailey, Music Director
Our award-winning founder and music director, Glenn Bailey, comes to us with over 40 years of experience in teaching instrumental music to youth of all ages as well as adults. His experience has taken him to many communities in southern Ontario including; Guelph, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Cobourg, and Peterborough where he has enjoyed success at every turn. Following his 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, make it an easy environment for all to learn and grow through music and have fun doing it.
Glenn Bailey, our Music Director, initially proposed the formation of the band at the Cobourg Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee on January 1, 2014. Glenn announced the formation of the band and called for all persons in the audience who ever had an urge to play music to attend a meeting two weeks hence to work out the details.
The response was overwhelming as 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.
By August 2019, the bands (Intro, Mezzo, and Avanti) had over 90 members.
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!