Shawn Hills

Meet Shawn Hills – Music Director

Shawn received her Honours Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Education from Western University in London. She studied clarinet under Jerome Summers and Avrahm Galper and conducting under Don McKellar, Jerome Summers, and Deral Johnson.
Shawn is a retired music educator who thrived and grew as a teacher conductor for 30 years with the Kawartha Pine Ridge Board of Education. She considers herself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to share music with so many students over the years. Her focus in the classroom as well as her private studio has always been to find ways to help students bring their music to life. Student understanding and satisfaction with the music has always been paramount.

Shawn has performed with and conducted the Clarington Concert Band, and the New Horizons Band in Bowmanville, and was a guest conductor for the Laurier University Wind Ensemble. She continues to work as a clinician and adjudicator  She is looking forward to this next musical journey with the Avanti Concert Band.


Shirts, hats and name badges

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The Sound of Music  by Morris Tait

Read a magazine article on one of our member’s experience with the New Ventures Band!

Download a pdf.


Upcoming Member Events

Some of you will recall our very successful Social Evenings from last spring and summer held at the Cobourg Yacht Club in May, and at Turtle John’s in Port Hope in July and August.  There was great attendance and good feedback from many who were there.
We want to continue to offer similar events for the benefit of our members, but funds raised externally from donors cannot be used for that (hence our ‘Free Will Offering‘ to fund the evening at the Yacht Club). So, NNVB needs to raise funds internally which can be used to support our social events. 
To do this, your Fundraising Team is introducing an internal 50/50 draw.  Participation is entirely voluntary and is for members only.  Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and will be available at every rehearsal beginning March 1st, 2023, and ending on April 30th.  Buy your tickets from your band rep (see list below) at every rehearsal.  Please bring exact change. 
Band Reps: 
  • INTRO BAND:   Ray Heffernan/ Colleen Bulgur
  • MEZZO BAND:  Doris Heffernan/Cathryn Glover
  • AVANTI BAND:  Kris Hatch/Doris Heffernan
  • BIG BAND:        Wendy Anderson
The winning ticket will be drawn at the first Avanti Rehearsal in May (May 3rd) so hold onto your tickets!!  We look forward to continuing our tradition of socializing with each other. Thank you.
Sent on behalf of your Fundraising Team:

Cathryn Glover, Kris Hatch, Doris Heffernan, Linda Hudson McCourt