New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs
...creates vital connections to family, friends, and community. Our adult-only bands (ages 30+) enrich the lives of our 165 band members through the unique and life-enhancing relationship between music, musician and audience.
Music performance fulfills the need for challenging, intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have exciting events in the future. Our members, average age 60, recapture the enjoyment of playing music at a time when intellectual endeavors are vitally important. The band develops healthy habits and provides life-changing rewards.
We model 'love of music' for our youth and they witness the lifelong enjoyment music can bring. We encourage our musicians to collaborate with all 'music lovers' of all ages and cultures.
Mark Israel, Symphonic Band Conductor
Mark hails from Tomahawk, WI and served in USAF Academy Band where he spent 25 years as a soloist with the Concert Band and Falconaires. He received his Masters Degree from University of Northern Colorado and his Bachelors from University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Mark has 25+ years experience as a clinician and conductor for instrumental and vocal ensembles at colleges and high school music festivals internationally. He is presently on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and has been on the faculty of numerous other universities and the guest lecturer at music conferences. Mark is married to Dr Sondra Bell and together they co-founded the Colorado Brass and Jazz LLC, a music education support organization. Mark joined the staff of NHBCOS in 2017 and currently conducts their Symphonic Band.
Matt Wessner, Concert Band Conductor
Matt Wessner is a graduate of Florida State University. In his time there he performed in the top Wind Band and Jazz ensembles, did regular teaching preparation in local schools, and engaged in musical side projects from live music to outreach. Matt's lively style of teaching and fresh knowledge of the most up to date techniques and repertoire make him an excellent addition to the New Horizon's Band family. Matt joined the NHBCOS staff in 2017 and conducts the Concert Band and the Intermediate Band.
Tom Fowler, Kicks Jazz Band Conductor
Tom Fowler leads the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs Jazz Kicks Band. Tom also is an applied saxophone instructor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Co-Director of jazz ensembles at Cheyenne Mountain High School. In addition, he serves in the jazz mentor program sponsored by the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.
Tom retired from the faculty at Wichita State University where he was Associate Director of the School of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. From 1980 to 2008, Tom was Educational Director of Wichita Jazz Festival Inc. During the early 1970’s Tom lived in Colorado Springs as a member of the North American Air Defense Command Jazz Ensemble (Norad Commanders), and has since performed with jazz artists Doc Severinson, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Vince DiMartino, Manhattan Transfer, Michel Le Grand and The Four Freshman. Since moving back to Colorado, Tom has performed with area bands including the Colorado Springs Contemporary Big Band, Swing Connection, Springs City Jazz Band, Bob Montgomery, Little Big Band, Thin Air Big Band, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory Faculty Jazz Quintet.
Ingri Fowler, Orchestra conductor
Ingri Fowler taught strings in public schools for over 30 years and was one of the directors of The Youth Symphony of Colorado Springs. She is a professional violinist and plays with many professional ensembles. Ingri has grown the NHBCOS orchestra program from its infancy and it now has over 25 musicians enjoying her leadership.
Board of Directors for Friends of NHBCOS 2019-2020:
Friends of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs (FNHBCOS) is a non-profit organization that supports the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs.
Friends of New Horizon's Band of Colorado Springs creates opportunities for lifelong learning and appreciation of music in a welcome and wholesome environment, resulting in enhancements to the lives of our musicians, our audiences, and our community.
Dennis Atkinson - President
Val Bardis - Vice President
Tim McDevitt - Treasurer
Harley Ferguson - Director
Wayne Griffin - Marketing Director
Mike Lewis - Director
Dick Prud'homme - Director
Marty Slivka - Director
Sudy Hill - Executive Administrator
Sunny Kurth - Executive Administrator
Our Annual Meeting is held in October of each year. New board members are elected at that time.
Ed & Mary Nuccio, Founders
In 2002, Ed Nuccio and his wife Mary Nuccio founded the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs, a musical band for adults who wanted to resume their interest in playing music. The Nuccios grew it into four bands, three jazz trios, and chamber groups. September 2017 marked the 16th year for the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs.
Ed Nuccio came to Colorado Springs in 1958 to play with the Air Force Academy Band. He went on to become the first full-time band director at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School and taught there for 25 years. He led the Cheyenne Mountain High School bands and marching band for nine years, taught at Douglass Valley Elementary School, Broadmoor Elementary School, and Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School. He also was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2004.
Ed Nuccio will always be known for nurturing children, teens, and adults in their pursuit of music. Our longtime band director, educator, and founder passed away April of 2016.