About Us

The Northern Colorado New Horizons Band (NCNHB) 

 ...is just one of 200 + bands of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), an organization founded 32 years ago by Roy Ernst, Ph. D., L. L.D., NHB founder and Advisor to the Board of Directors Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY.  Roy’s philosophy back in 1991 when he decided to form a New Horizons band was that, “…anyone can learn to play music at a level that will bring a sense of accomplishment and the ability to perform in a group.”

    The New Horizons Band of Northern Colorado was formed in 1997 with 30 people. We have grown to over 60 members who are baby boomers, retirees, grandparents, veterans, novice and skilled musicians alike who enjoy making music to the best of our abilities! Our goal reflects Roy’s vision by, “…creating an entry point to group music-making for adult beginners and a comfortable re-entry point for adults who played music at school and would like to resume after long years of building careers…”

   The NCNHB draws its members from Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Wellington, Windsor, Greeley, Berthoud, Mead, and other Northern Colorado locations 

   Rehearsals are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9:00 - Noon) at the Good  Shepherd Church in Loveland (3429 N. Monroe Ave. Loveland, CO  80538) from September until May.  At this time, Concert Band, Intermediate (Red) Band, Swing Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartet, Trumpet Ensemble and Hand bell Choir.   See the calendar for specific times and location.  You are welcome to visit and watch a rehearsal session.

You can also reach the Director, Glenn Shull by phone at 970-223-4053 or email:  gs.president37@gmail.com. 

Director - Glenn Shull 

 Glenn has a Master & Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and Associate of Arts from Colorado Mesa University.  He taught music for 35 years from elementary through the university level.  Most of those years were spent as the Band Director at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado.  In addition to teaching, twelve of those years were supervising instrumental music for the Poudre School District.

   Glenn is also the director of the Studebaker Band at the international meets and has directed church choirs for about 25 years.  He recently retired after 15 years as director of the Foothills Pops Band.  He also books his own dance bands from trios to 18 pieces.  Professionally he plays with the Dean Bushnell Orchestra (for over fifty years), the John Mills Orchestra and was the lead trombone in the Denver Broncos Band, the National Western Stock Show Band and Joel Kaye’s Neophonic (Stan Kenton style) Jazz Orchestra.  Glenn was also fortunate to play with many big bands and individual recording artists who performed in the area and used local musicians. 

     Glenn was recognized early in his teaching career as the “Outstanding Young Educator” by the Fort Collins Jaycees.  He was recognized as the “Colorado Jazz Educator of the Year” in 1993 by the Colorado chapter of the International Jazz Educators Association.  In 1997 Glenn was inducted into the “Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame”.  His hobbies, other than music, are restoring and showing Studebakers and garden railroading. 

Hand bells Director - Barbara Shull

A native Denverite, Barbara has 36 years of teaching experience in the music arena.  She taught Elementary Music in Jefferson County, Colorado for 6 years and 30 years in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Her musical journey began at the age of 7 when she started violin lessons, followed by piano lessons at age 10, and organ lessons at age 14.  She played violin in her junior high orchestra, and in high school, she play violin in the orchestra and percussion her high school band.

She has played with several groups including:  the Colorado State University Summer Concert Band, the Community Arts Symphonic Orchestra, the Golden Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Greeley  Philharmonic, the Cheyenne Symphony (on viola) and percussion in the Foothills Pops Band.

Barbara taught private lessons on piano and violin, too.  She is currently the church organist at Trinity Church of the Pines in Grand Lake, Colorado.  While she has played violin and viola in the past, she currently plays the organ, piano and percussion, as well as English Handbells.  She is currently playing with the New Horizons Concert Band as well as with the group's Swing and Dixieland Bands.

She is very dedicated and encourages beginners and those with health issues to continue playing to the best of their abilities.  Barbara shares this thought, "It's a blessing to use and share the gift of music with seniors (now).  We're never too old to learn and support others."

Woodwind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, & Red Band Director - Jaye Reistad

Jaye graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Instrumental Music, and minoring in Vocal Music.  She is certified in K-12 and taught an 80 piece Junior High Band as well as Elementary General Music in just her first year of teaching.  She taught music in K-12 for 32 years.

Jaye earned a Master Adjudicator status and worked 20 plus years in Wisconsin, both at the district and statewide levels, mostly in the woodwinds area.  She locally prepared students for competition at district and state Solo-Ensemble Festivals.  She also taught private flute lessons from her home since her junior year in college--her professor gave her his overflow students.

She has played flute solos at churches and has played with youth and senior choirs, handbell choirs and vocal soloists all her life.  As she says, "Music nurtures my soul!"  She formed a woodwind ensemble called "Gallery of Sound" while living in Wisconsin.  They did outreach work in local communities and were also invited to play to a wider audience--churches, weddings, funerals, and restaurants.  Great experience!

After retiring, Jaye moved to Illinois where she formed a flute ensemble at the Faith Lutheran Church called "Faithful Flutes".  The group played at church frequently, played in the community and also for educational meetings.  They also played at church for the annual  Mardi Gras event, costumes and all, as the local community filled the pews.

Living in rural Wisconsin, she never had the opportunity to play with a large orchestra or band until she learned about the New Horizons Band after moving to Colorado.  She enjoys playing with the concert band and loves to share her expertise with the group's Woodwind Ensemble.  As she says, "Music IS a lifelong opportunity" to play and she thoroughly enjoys playing with the group!

Board of Directors

President - Linda Johnson

(Interim) Vice President - Cathy Patience

Secretary - Cathy Kliewer

Treasurer - Mark Johnson