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The New Horizons Band

“…a growing body of research suggests that playing an instrument or singing in a choir can enhance emotional well-being, brain health, cognition and hearing function.”

The Wall Street Journal
April 23, 2017

Emma Bean Fund New HorizonsHelp Support New Horizons at the Center

Established by Mr. & Mrs. Bob Kerns in 2013, the Emma Bean Fund supports the New Horizons Band at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. 


Helen is the director of the Tampa New Horizons Band at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. In addition to a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tampa, she has 28 years of teaching experience in secondary and elementary music for Hillsborough County Public Schools. She is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Orchestra Association. She is also a member of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and an alumni of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. For nine years, she developed and directed the strings program at Maniscalco Elementary. While there, she directed the Primary String Ensemble for the Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival. She served on the committee to write the elementary strings curriculum for Hillsborough County Schools and directed the strings program at Barbara Muller Elementary Magnet School for Performing Arts and Environmental Sciences until her retirement in 2016.

Currently, she performs with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra in Sun City, Fanfare Concert Winds at Hillsborough Community College and the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble. She also performed in a production of Chicago, The Musical, at numerous churches in and around Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Additionally, Helen participates and volunteers for performances in her community.

Making music is a way of making vital connections to life. Helen is an advocate for expanding music making opportunities for adults in a positive environment. Many adults need beginning instruction in order to participate in music making. The Tampa New Horizons beginning “Green Band” serves that need.

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