New Horizons Band

Are You Interested in Playing Again?
Contact Walt Spiese or Shannon Vanderford
Walt: (701) 320-7396 _ Shannon: (218) 443-5189

How The FM Golden Notes Began

Our chapter of the New Horizons Bands organization was first organized in 2005. One individual, Jim Kinlaw, was looking for an opportunity to learn to play an instrument and eventually play music with others. A key contact for Jim was meeting Dr. Michael Thrasher, at church. Michael was part of the music staff at NDSU. Jim asked him if he could teach him to play music. He kindly said, "Sure." Michael recommended the alto sax as an instrument and started his lessons. After about a year Dr. Thrasher thought it was time for Jim to play with other musicians. He introduced Jim to an organization called "New Horizons Bands." whose very purpose is to allow former musicians who hadn't played since high school or college, or even with no experience to play music together. Shortly other contacts were made. Dr. Ed Christianson a notable Fargo musician and teacher, took upon himself, the task of directing the fledgling band.

We mourn the loss of Jim Kinlaw, Our FM Golden Notes, friend and founder,
In November of 2021. (1940-2021)

Our New Horizons Band in the Fargo- Moorhead area was generously fostered from the beginning by North Dakota State University, even providing our group of older musicians a place to rehearse each week during the school year using their band practice room.

In the years that followed we added and lost members to our group until today we number nearly 30 musicians. All of us in the band consider our band "family" to be about more than just playing music. It is also a rich social connection to others where many have formed warm friendships.

We fill a special musical niche in this community. Jim has connected us to numerous venues, many of which are in senior residences in the area, all of whom welcome the very special entertainment that the FM GOLDEN NOTES offers.

If you are looking for a band to be a part of, please consider joining the FM GOLDEN NOTES.
You may contact one of the musicians or our current manager listed below. The band motto is, "Your best is good enough." We practice in the NDSU band rehearsal room Monday nights at 7 during the school year.


Peter Schiefelbein has formed a strong bond with the Golden Notes Band since his introduction as director. The band is challenged to stretch to new levels of performance under his baton, which he wields energetically. "Pastor Pete" brings with him many years of musical experience. His love for music imbues every program and rehearsal. He is quick to share his brand of humor delighting both players and audiences. The band has experienced a welcome growth spurt since Pete's arrival, strengthing several sections in the band.


Scheduled Concert Venues
for 2023


Golden Notes Band Members
Organizational Information

Watch 2019 Fall Concert

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Support from the FM Community
Partners and Sponsors

Meet the FM Golden Notes Players

Our Musicians
Who Plays In The Golden Notes

FM Golden Notes New Horizons Band
Mission & Guidelines

2017 December Amended By Laws

Band Handbook Mission & Guidelines

New Horizons Bands
International Organization

Past Concerts

2019 Spring Concert

2018 Fall Concert Videos
and MP3 audio
Program Links

2018 Fall Concert
"I'll Fly Away"
Printable Flyer, PDF

2018 Spring Concert
"The American West
A Musical Montage"

2018 Spring Concert Flyer:

Spring Concert Flyer PDF

The American West
A Musical Montage (flyer)

2017 Fall Concert

2017 Spring Concert Links

Band Rehearsal Dates

2017 Spring Concert flyer and info

2016 Hear Holiday Concert

2016 Hear Spring Concert

2015 Christmas/Holiday Concert

2015 Spring Concert

2014 Spring Concert Videos

Annual Christmas Concerts

FM Golden Notes Scrapbook

2015 Full Band Photo

Photos, Player Candids, Out and About

July 12 Elim Candids

page update 04-23-2023