Come Join Us

JUNE 23 — JUNE 27, 2019

The New Horizons Band of Sonoma County is very proud to host an adult band camp in beautiful Sonoma County California. The camp will feature a large ensemble (approximately 100 musicians) led by host conductor, Lew Sbrana; guest conductor, Jeff Peterson (Prime Time Band, Santa Barbara), and an extra-special guest conductor, Dr. Roy Ernst (founder of New Horizons International). These three guarantee an outstanding week of music.


The camp begins with registration and a full-band rehearsal on Sunday, June 23. Registration, rehearsals, and included meals will take place at Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.


The Camp fee includes all music, four lunches, two dinners, and snacks. There will be opportunities during the week to connect with others and create ensembles. Camp concludes with a free Thursday afternoon concert which will be open to the public.


On Wednesday (June 26th),  Camp Members and their guests have the option to visit Dry Creek Vineyards, a renowned winery in beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The fee includes transportation to and from the Odd Fellows Hall, wine tasting, and light refreshments at the winery. We are a Wine Country Band Camp, after all.


There are many lodging or RV’ing options in and around Santa Rosa. Please make your own lodging arrangements. In addition to the 400+ wineries in Sonoma County, the County has also become a destination for those who enjoy craft beer. Sonoma County also offers spectacular scenery, a Mediterranean climate, unique shopping opportunities, and outstanding food. Wine Country Band Camp will be an experience to remember.

Questions about Wine Country Band Camp may be emailed to Committee Chair, Deborah Weber 

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Our Three Guest Conductors

Jeff Peterson grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in music education. For several years, he taught music in several towns in Minnesota before joining the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota as administrator and teacher in their Early Childhood Music Program. He and is wife Angela moved to Santa Barbara, California in the fall of 1988 where Jeff worked for the Children’s Creative Project teaching classroom music in the public schools. In 1990, Jeff was hired to teach K-8 classroom and instrumental music in Buellton, CA. In 1995, Jeff received his master’s degree in music education from California Lutheran University. In 1999,Jeff was hired to teach instrumental music at Goleta Valley Jr Hi in Goleta, CA. He became the conductor of a New Horizon Band called the Prime Time Band in 2005 when founding director, Van Vander Ark retired. Jeff loves directing this group! It is the highlight of his week! In 2007, the Prime Time Band traveled to Washington D.C. to perform. Jeff is an active music professional playing classical, rock and jazz bass in groups in the area.

Roy Ernst, Professor Emeritus at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, started the first New Horizons Band in 1991. Roy has written articles and books on music education, conducting, and performance. He earned a Ph. D. from The University of Michigan and has received honors from the National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, Wayne State University, and The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Roy was awarded an honorary doctorate from Western University in London,Ontario. In addition to teaching at Eastman, he has taught at Wayne State University, Georgia State University, and the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. Roy is 80 and still loves teaching, conducting and playing music. He enjoys bike riding, camping and traveling. His wife and best friend, Pat Dugan, is a food journalist and winner of several national recipe contests.

Lew Sbrana received a B.A. in Music Education from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA in 1956. Graduate work in Music Education was done at Chico State University, San Francisco State University and the American Band College, Southern Oregon College, Ashland. After serving four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he returned to California to begin his teaching career. In 1993, he was honored as “Band Director of the Year” by the Northern California Band Directors Association. Lew retired June 1995, completing 33 years of teaching junior and senior high school music. In 1982, he helped create the Healdsburg Community Band. It was during this time as a leader of the HCB that he discovered the joy of portraying John Philip Sousa and presenting programs typifying a Sousa Band concert. In January 1999, he founded the New Horizons Band of Sonoma County, which began with 12 folks and has now grown to over 80 members. Lew attributes this to a love of making music and the joy of sharing it with others.