Assistant Director Pat Beard, who is a fiber artist, has played clarinet with the band for more than 10 years. Beard started the pops ensemble, which she directs, about five years ago.
The goal for the band — which has about 30 musicians in the concert band and 20 in the pops ensemble, with some of the musicians playing in both — is to provide education, socialization and performance opportunities, Weber said.
In the concert band's 20th anniversary season, the directors are recruiting and hoping to expand it.
They stress there are no auditions. Joining is an opportunity to dust off instruments that haven't been played since high school or college, or a chance to try another instrument.
There are New Horizons Bands across the U.S. and internationally. When the local band was started about 20 years ago, it was affiliated with Hagerstown Community College and offered the opportunity for music lessons.
No longer connected to HCC, the directors and musicians offer what musical help they can.
Those interested in taking lessons can do so through the New Horizons Band in Chambersburg, Pa., which is affiliated with the Cumberland Valley School of Music.
The Hagerstown band, which exists by donations, has an ambitious performance schedule.
The concert band's most recent performance was at the ribbon cutting of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail, while the pops ensemble often takes its music to nursing homes.
"It keeps us young, and I'll tell you, the social aspect of New Horizons is great," said Weber, noting there are musicians in their 80s who play with the group.
The concert band rehearses weekly year-round, other than a couple of weeks at the end of August, on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. The pops ensemble rehearses Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The bands meet at the Hagerstown YMCA on Eastern Boulevard, except in the summer.
This summer, they are meeting at Maranatha Brethren Church on Scott Hill Drive off of Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown.
For more information, go to www.newhorizonsbandhagerstown.org,