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Our mission is to foster and promote wind music and adult bands through high-quality performances, music education, recorded works, and commissions. This mission incorporates five objectives:
To make a substantial contribution to musical life locally, nationally, and internationally. To give our audiences memorable experiences with the highest quality wind music in a wide range of musical styles. To foster and promote wind music and the adult band concept through concerts, conferences, tours, recordings, publications, and commissions. To assist in the music education of young people--the future generation of adult musicians-- through the presentation of concerts, clinics, festivals, and scholarships. To provide our members with an opportunity for musical expression, growth, and fellowship.
Northshore Concert Band (NCB) is a 100-member symphonic concert band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Now in its 57th season, NCB has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education. NCB presents a four concert season, yearly, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In addition to their season performances, NCB is committed to fostering music education for all youth through their Lifetime of Music program. Every spring NCB hosts their Festival of Music at Northwestern University where 3,000 music students and educators attend clinics and solo/ensemble contests led by NCB's artistic leadership. In addition, NCB performs at local middle and high schools, performing with the schools' music students and conducting pre-performance clinics.
Highlights of NCB's 57 year history include being the first group to receive the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll, performance and clinician appearances at the Midwest Clinic, performing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus at Orchestra Hall, and many appearances at band festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Additional highlights include performances with internationally-renowned guest artists including: The Chicago Symphony Horn Quartet, Dale Clevenger, Larry Combs, Adolph "Bud" Herseth, Christopher Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, and William Warfield. Performances with prominent guest conductors include: Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Frederick Fennell, Karel Husa, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, and John Whitwell.
NCB has commissioned nine new works for wind band and has released seven recordings on CD. In 2003, Meredith Music Publishers released a book by Dr. William Carson entitled On the Path to Excellence: The Northshore Concert Band, Paynter, Buehlman and Beyond. In 2011, Chicago classical radio station, 98.7 WFMT, will broadcast two programs of live performances from NCB’s concert series at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
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