Peter Lograsso: Fiddler on the Loose!

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Our Spring concert, Giving Voice to the Silenced, honors Holocaust Remembrance Day and Earth Day through a musical program that offers a story of vitality, loss, contemplation, and possibility.

The centerpiece of the first half of this program is a specially constructed “Remembrance Suite” that includes Jack Stamp’s Scenes from Terezin, which is based upon the poems of Ava Scholsova and Fronta Bas, both of whom died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.  Our Suite also includes John William’s dramatic Theme from Schindler’s List, which features one of our own members, Peter Lograsso, on violin.

Peter, an orchestra director, has played the tuba with the Northshore Concert Band for 28 years.

We asked him share his thoughts on playing both the violin and the tuba.

The violin is actually my major instrument, not the tuba. I started playing the violin in first grade after hearing a performance by members of the Cleveland Orchestra at my elementary school. Shortly after that my parents enrolled me in a Suzuki violin program at our church. It wasn’t until the 5th grade that band lessons were offered at my school. I started learning the trumpet so I could be in the band with all my friends. During my years in school I played the french horn, trombone, and eventually the tuba. My band director needed someone to play the tuba and I figured, why not?

I’ve always enjoyed the dichotomy of playing the violin and the tuba. The two instruments play such different roles in an ensemble. As a music educator, I really feel that my experience with both instruments has helped me develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the importance of every section of the band or orchestra. The violin is the soprano, the “diva” of the orchestra. In an orchestra the violin carries the melody the majority of the time, much like the flutes and clarinets in a band. The tuba is the bass, the “rock.” It provides the fundamental sound that everyone else must listen to and build upon.

I always ask my orchestra students, “What is the most important instrument in the orchestra?” Their answer is almost always the violin. I say to them “No, the violins just think they’re the most important!” It’s the bass that is the most vital instrument of all. Without a strong, stable foundation, you won’t have a strong ensemble.

We also asked Peter to share this thoughts on performing a solo with the Northshore Concert Band.

It’s a real thrill to play a solo with the Northshore Band. This is the second time that I’ve had the opportunity. In the Summer of 2001 the band toured the South of France and I played “Highlights from Fiddler on the Roof.”

I have such respect and admiration for all of my colleagues in the Northshore Band. I’ve been a member of the band for my entire adult life. John Paynter invited me to join the tuba section right after I graduated from Northwestern, and I’ve been here ever since.

Many of the closest friends in my life are members of the Northshore Band. We make music together every Wednesday night, but we share so much more.

Don’t miss Peter Lograsso’s solo violin performance during Giving Voice to the Silenced, 3:00 pm April 23, 2017 concert at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the beautiful Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois.

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Be sure to check out Peter in the NCB Tuba’s “Baseball Card” in the Giving Voice to the Silenced concert program book (pp 23-24)!

March 31, 1957

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60 years ago on March 31, 1957 the Northshore Concert Band, formerly known as the Northbrook American Legion Community Concert Band, held its first performance at Glenbrook High School. Under the direction of John P. Paynter, rehearsals were held at the Geo. W. Benjamin American Legion Post No. 791. There were eleven members at that first rehearsal.

“53 instrumental musicians participated in the concert, which featured la local soprano soloist, Wilma Stack Moller.  The program for the band’s debut concert included the following description:

The COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND was organized just a little more than a year ago, starting with about ten members.  It is a completely volunteer group sponsored by the Geo. W. Benjamin American Legion Post No. 791 and composed of men from the various communities of the north suburban area.  The BAND meets each Wednesday evening for two-hour rehearsals throughout the year, and concentrates on playing a balanced program of material ranging from the finest literature for concert band to a large number of marches and novelties.  Most of the members of the band are not professional musicians, and the personnel includes various occupations and ages.  Besides providing an entertainment service for the community in which we live, the BAND is giving an outlet to musical talent of all degrees of advancement for those men who wish to participate.  Through the generous support of the Geo. W. Benjamin Post No. 791 of the American Legion and the kind cooperation of the administration for Glenbrook High School, the COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND is a musical experience open to all men in the community.  Additional concerts are being planned now for Veterans’ Hospitals and Children’s homes, as well as for outstanding public events.  New members are always welcome and should contact the Director or Officers of the BAND.”

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“There were seventeen selections for the concert demonstrated Paynter’s skill at programming.  From the very beginning, he selected a variety of musical styles, guaranteeing that each audience member would hear something interesting and that each band member would play something challenging. Selections included an appropriate opening number in light of the band’s sponsorship – the “American Legion March” by Charles Parker.  In addition, the band played several other marches, some orchestral transcriptions, a waltz, traditional Irish, Spanish and American music, and songs including selections from Oklahoma, featuring Wilma Stock Moller as soloist.  The program ended with John Philip Sousa’s crowed-pleasing “The Stars and Stripes Forever“. The concert was well received and the Northbrook American Legion Community Band was on its way.”*

*Selection from On the Path to Excellence; The Northshore Concert Band Paynter, Buehlman and Beyond by William A. Carson.

 

Please visit the Northshore Concert Band timeline to learn more about our path to excellence!

Musicians & Music

Meet the extraordinary men and women of Northshore Concert Band who have dedicated their lives to making music!

TRACI BOWERING

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Traci Bowering plays the Clarinet and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 1991. She is a Band Director and lives in Skokie, Illinois. Traci is also the Northshore Concert Band annual Lifetime of Music event coordinator.

When and why did you start playing? I started playing in 4th grade. I wanted to join because my brother, who is a year older than me, played in band.

What do you enjoy most about playing? I really enjoy the time to clear my head of other responsibilities and just “feel” the music.

Do you have a favorite musical memory? In high school, I got to sit next to John Bruce Yeh for a special concert we played. He is amazing!

What are your musical influences? I was convinced that I hated classical music, until I joined orchestra in high school and played Dvorak’s New World Symphony. That was a big turning point for me.

Who was your most influential music teacher? There were so many! I may have learned the most from my high school choral director, Cheryl Frazes Hill.

Does anyone in your family play music? My parents both played piano, back in the day, but we didn’t have a piano growing up. Now, my husband and my daughter both play the euphonium, and my son and I both play the clarinet.

What’s on your iPod? Is it bad that I don’t have one?

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Don’t give up! I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish my parents had let me quit playing!”. It is always, “I wish my parents hadn’t let me quit!”

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? The level of musicianship is incredible, but I’ve stayed so long because of the friendships, networking, and opportunities afforded to us!

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Professional. Musical. Family.

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  I grew up in the North Suburbs, but did not know about the Northshore Band until I was a student at St. Olaf College in MN. I was filling in parts at a conducting symposium and John Paynter was the clinician. Every other sentence he said included something about the Northshore Band. I spoke with him afterwards, came and played for the rest of the summer, auditioned for ‘real’ in the fall, and the rest is history!

 

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American Composer David Maslanka

On April 23, 2017, the Northshore Concert Band continues its 61st season with Giving Voice to the Silenced. This powerful musical program features two works by acclaimed American composer David Maslanka; California and A Child’s Garden of Dreams.

A Child’s Garden of Dreams  was commissioned by and dedicated to Northshore Concert Band founder John P. Paynter and his wife Marietta Paynter and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The Northshore Concert Band will perform A Child’s Garden of Dreams at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston where it was first performed 35 years ago.  Mr. Maslanka offers up this description of his work:

“A Child’s Garden of Dreams” came about through a commission from John Paynter of Northwestern University. The music was composed in 1981, and the premiere performance was at Northwestern in 1982. Paynter had asked me to write a piece that was the wind equivalent of Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” This was a daunting challenge but I said “Sure!” The five movements of “A Child’s Garden” are based on dreams of a young girl who, unknown to her, was at the end of her life. The dreams were presented and discussed by the psychologist, Carl Jung, in his book, “Man and His Symbols.” The dreams are about transition and transformation, a prefiguring of her passing. Jung found it both disturbing and fascinating that such dreams could come through a child. I have long been fascinated by ideas of transformation, in this life, and beyond, and my music is an attempt to capture the central energy of each of the dreams. Sometimes there is graphic illustration as in the third dream where animals grow to an enormous size and devour the girl, and sometimes there is a subtle parallel flow of music and philosophical thought, as in the second dream: “A drunken woman falls into the water and comes out renewed and sober.” What is evoked by both the dreams and the music is a much larger view of life and death than we normally have.”

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The program also features California, premiered February 13, 2016 by the California All-State Wind Symphony and was conducted by Northshore Concert Band’s Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Mallory Thompson. Mr. Maslanka describes this piece:

“California” was written for the the 2016 California All-State Band, and the premiere performance was conducted in San Jose by Mallory Thompson. Music education in California had seen a revival after years of funding cuts, and there was a renewed statewide sense of possibility in public school music teachers. I was asked to write a piece that might reflect some of that new-found energy and purpose. My thinking went deeper to touch some fundamental element of the strength of the California land and its people. The music is quietly and beautifully expressive at the outset, and rises to moments of great intensity before settling once more to a quiet close.”

 

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Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts David Maslanka attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University where his principal teacher was H. Owen Reed.

Maslanka’s music for winds has become especially well known. Among his more than 130 works are forty pieces for wind ensemble, including seven symphonies, fifteen concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His chamber music includes four wind quintets, five saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces.

David Maslanka’s compositions are published by Maslanka Press, Carl Fischer, Kjos Music, Marimba Productions, and OU Percussion Press. They have been recorded on Albany, Reference Recordings, BIS (Sweden), Naxos, Cambria, CRI, Mark, Novisse, AUR, Cafua (Japan), Brain Music (Japan), Barking Dog, and Klavier labels. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP.

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A special thank you to Mr. Maslanka for generously offering us his thoughts on his two beautiful works and for giving permission to reproduce this material.  Please visit his website at www.davidmaslanka.com to learn more about this American composer.

Giving Voice to the Silenced

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

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Announcing a powerful musical program that honors Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The program, entitled Giving Voice to the Silenced, tells a story of vitality, loss, contemplation and possibility.

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Highlights include a specially constructed and memorable “Remembrance Suite” that includes John Williams’ dramatic Theme from Schindler’s List, Jack Stamps’ Scenes from Terezin which is based on the poems of Ava Scholsova and Fronta Bas, both of whom died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and Francis McBeths’ beautiful and intense Kaddish. Also included is Lawrence Siegels’ Kaddish Suite which honors the survivors of the Holocaust and rejoices in their spirit. The Houston Examiner describes Kaddish Suite as a “Sweet, shocking, melancholy, uplifting, horrific, and finally, powerfully triumphant.”

The program continues with American composer David Maslanka’s California which premiered February 13, 2016 by the California All-State Wind Symphony and conducted by Northshore Concert Band’s conductor and artistic director Dr. Mallory Thompson.  Program notes from Mr. Maslanka describe this piece:

Music is wonderful. It lets us tell ourselves things we can’t speak out in words. It opens the dream space and lets us dream together. It lets us imagine the world as it really is, a place of vitality, power, and possibility.

We live in fear of destruction, from climate change, nuclear bombs, increasing population, vanishing resources, continuous war. When the troubles are listed like this it is hard to know what we think we are doing with our seemingly simple and innocent music making.

Giving Voice to the Silenced, the third concert of Northshore Concert Band’s 61st season, will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University; 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston, Illinois. 

Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors $15, students/children $10.
Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert.

The box office opens at 2:00 pm on the day of the concert.

Bring A Group Of 10 Or More And Save!

When you bring a group, it’s easy and inexpensive to experience the world-renowned Northshore Concert Band! Senior groups pay only $10 per person! Student/Children groups pay only $5 each!

All of our concerts are at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern University Campus in Evanston, Illinois.  It offers outstanding acoustics, easy-access drop-off and pick-up for cars and buses as well as 16 wheelchair accessible seats.

Let us help you plan your group outing today! To receive these special group rates please call 847-432-2263 or email adam@northshoreband.org  to customize your group ticket package today!

Share The Love of Music!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this holiday can evoke a mild sense of panic for many gift givers who struggle with what to buy.  Well as it turns out, buying people an experience as a gift will make them significantly happier!

Experience Togetherness

Experience gifts work especially well for couples because both parties can enjoy the experience, no matter which is the giver.

Build New Memories

You can’t place a dollar value on spending time together as a family or on the memories that will come from shared experiences.

If you still need a Valentine’s Day gift for the loved ones in your life, consider tickets to a Northshore Concert Band concert!  Our Winter concert, Youthful Spirit, is just two days before Valentine’s Day this year, making it perfectly timed for gift-giving!

Youthful Spirit – February 12, 2017 – 3:00 pm – Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

Experience Gifts Keep on Giving

A subscription is a gift that keeps on giving! Your loved ones will think of you every time they use their gift.  There are three concerts remaining in our 2016-2017 subscription season.  We are offering a special 3-concert subscription price so that you and your loved ones can enjoy the gift of music for the rest of the season!

Youthful Spirit – February 12, 2017 – 3:00 pm – Giving Voice To The Silenced – April 23, 2017 – 3:00 pm – On The Town – June 4, 2017 – 3:00 pm – Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

3-Concert Subscription Special Pricing:  $45, Seniors $30, students/children $20

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Ticket Information:

Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors $15, students/children $10.
Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert.

The box office opens at 2:00 pm on the day of the concert.


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Hear the Music. See the Music. Feel the Music.

When you go to a concert hall you will hear the music, you will see the music and you will feel it come alive!

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It is important that children develop an appreciation of the arts!  It develops their language and listening skills, increases their attentions span, and teaches them creativity, discipline and self-esteem. Taking children to live concerts helps them gain an appreciation for music. They are given the opportunity to see musicians that love performing music! There is an “event” quality to a live concert at a concert hall that children realize and appreciate.

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The Lifetime of Music event, now in its 15th year, is designed to introduce young musicians to the idea that “music is for a lifetime”.  It is an extraordinary opportunity for students to gain the experience of being a part of a large symphonic sound as they join the members of the world-renowned Northshore Concert Band to perform on the stage of the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. It is also an extraordinary opportunity for children to sit in an audience and see other children performing on stage.

This was such an amazing experience. I truly appreciated every part and it was an honor playing with a very well-known band. It’s my dream to eventually conduct a band as great as this one. I hope to come back and perform again!”                 –Alex Damato, Lifetime of Music student, Westchester, IL

This musical performance is a highlight of every season. In this year’s concert, titled Youthful Spirit, students and band members combine to perform exuberant music that expresses a cheerful American spirit with heartfelt optimism!

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The students truly enjoyed everything about the event and were inspired by the dedication of adults to the continuation of their musical journeys.  My seniors involved in this concert expressed their interest in signing up for band in college and continuing to play in a community band in the future because of the experience they had.”   –2016 Lifetime of Music participating band director

The Northshore Concert Band has brought music to the Chicago metropolitan area for 61 years. Their engaging music education programs demonstrate to younger musicians that there are opportunities for them to play and enjoy their instruments their entire lives, regardless of whether they choose a musical vocation.

 


 

Concert Information: Youthful Spirit Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3:00 pm Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

Ticket Information: Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors $15, students/children $10. Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. The box office opens at 2:00 pm on the day of the concert. Online Tickets are available here.

Bring A Group! To make these unforgettable performances accessible for music lovers of all ages we offer special group rates to groups of 10 or more.  Call us at 847-432-2263 or email adam@northshoreband.org  to customize your group ticket package today!

 

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Music Is For A Lifetime!

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THE NORTHSHORE CONCERT BAND CONTINUES ITS 61ST SEASON WITH YOUTHFUL SPIRIT!

In a highlight of the season, some of the most talented young musicians in the Chicagoland area join the Northshore Concert Band for our “Lifetime of Music” program.

This Lifetime of Music concert celebrates both the youthful spirit of our student guests and that same spirit that exists in all of us. Percy Grainger toured the British countryside, collecting folk songs and preserving them on wax cylinders. His colorful masterwork, Lincolnshire Posy, is a delightful depiction of both the folk songs and personalities of the folk singers that he recorded. The students and band members combine to perform exuberant music that expresses a cheerful American spirit with heartfelt optimism!  Our popular Annual Silent Auction will be held in connection with this concert and is held in the lobby of the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

 

Program highlights will include:

  • Stampede – Steven Bryant
  • Lincolnshire Posy – Percy Grainger/ed. Frederick Fennel
  • Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla –Mikhail Glinka/arr. Matt Johnston

 

Concert Information:

Youthful Spirit

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

Ticket Information:

Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors (65+) $15, students/children $10.
Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert.

The box office opens at 2:00 pm on the day of the concert.

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Music is a natural part of everyone. It creates an atmosphere of fun, interaction and excitement. That is why children are naturally drawn to it. If we nurture this ability, music will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and creativity.

 

The Northshore Concert Band 11th Annual Silent Auction

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The Northshore Concert Band is thrilled to announce our 11th Annual Silent Auction!

Proceeds from our Silent Auction, held on Sunday February 12, 2017 in connection with our Winter concert Youthful Spirit, will benefit our Lifetime of Music education and outreach initiatives.

Our 10th annual Silent Auction, held on January 31, 2016, was a roaring success thanks to the generous support of the community, area businesses, arts organizations, band members, family members, friends, and others who support our mission! Please consider donating to this year’s popular annual event!  Gift certificates and tickets from your business and organization will not only enable you to support the Northshore Concert Band, it will allow you to gain new business!

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Last year’s exciting auction items included a backstage tour of the Civic Opera House, a family pass to the Kohl Children’s Museum, and a day at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Sports fans were eager to bid on a variety of tickets to sporting events including the Chicago White Sox, Loyola University Chicago basketball and Northwestern University football.

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Also up for bid were many amazing performance tickets including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center and at Ravinia Festival, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Joffrey Ballet, Music of the Baroque, Giordano Dance Chicago at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, comedy improv, a performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago or the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, a play at the Goodman Theatre or Broadway In Chicago or the opening night of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

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There were many music-themed items as well, including dance class certificates for Lou Conte Dance Studio and American Rhythm Center, private music lessons and instrument repairs, a membership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, a unique violin art piece and a gift certificate towards the purchase of a piano. Notably, the Paynter family generously donated two pieces of music history; a John P. Paynter autographed Northwestern Wildcats album and an inscribed conducting baton used by Barbara Buehlman!donor-logo-image3

As a thank you for your generous donation, the Northshore Concert Band would like to offer you two complimentary tickets to our Winter concert Youthful Spirit on February 12, 2017. We will also acknowledge your contribution in our Spring concert program book as well as on our social media channels.

Follow this link to the donation form  https://goo.gl/LDd7E

If you have any questions about what you should donate or need help with your donation, one of our Silent Auction committee members would be happy to help!                                        Email us at info@northshoreband.org or phone 847-432-2263.

11th Annual Silent Auction
February 12, 2017
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall lobby, Northwestern University campus, Evanston
Bidding begins at 2:00 pm!

The Northshore Concert Band is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization. Donations may be eligible for a tax deduction.

Thank you for supporting the Northshore Concert Band!

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Make a Difference This Holiday Season!

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Charitable giving  continues its upward trend!  This increase is testament to the growing role that charitable organizations play in our society.Make a difference this holiday season by giving to the Northshore Concert Band!

Here are 9 positive effects of giving.

1. You Will Feel Good!

Donating money makes you feel better.  It makes you realize that even if you don’t have much, you have enough to share with others.  A Harvard Business School study suggests that giving to others is directly correlated with an increased sense of happiness.

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2.You Will Help Those In Need!

When you donate to charities that truly make a difference, you will feel the satisfaction that only giving can bring.  You will know that your donation has made a positive impact on that organization and the lives that it touches.

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3. You Will Be A Part Of Something Bigger!

Even if you are only able to donate a small amount of money, your gift will be joined with the gifts of others and become something much bigger! A small donation really can make a big difference!

4. You Will Get a Tax Deduction!

A gift to a qualified charitable organization may entitle you to a charitable contribution deduction against your income tax if you itemize deductions. Be sure to consult your tax advisor for the federal, state, and local tax consequences of a charitable contribution.

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5. You Can Support Something That is Close to Your Heart!

Everyone is passionate about something.  Making a donation to an organization that inspires you shows your support of their efforts and of their mission. Supporting a cause can give your life a greater purpose. This is one of the most valuable aspects of charitable giving. Everyone needs passion in their life.

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6. Your Support Will Set An Example

Donating to a charitable organization shows everyone that you want to make the world a better place.  It will set an example to your children, grandchildren, friends and family and instill in them a desire to share and serve.  Those around you will be inspired and influenced by your generosity.

7. You Can Honor A Loved One

Making a financial contribution is an excellent way to honor someone in your life or to celebrate the memory of someone who has passed.

8. Your Generosity is Valued

Donors truly make a difference!  You can not underestimate how important you are to the organizations that you support. The financial generosity of individuals like you makes our many musical and educational activities possible.

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9. You Can Donate Today!

While the act of giving is immediate, your relationship with the organizations that you support will be long-term!

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Please make a generous contribution to the Northshore Concert Band so the music will continue to inspire, engage, and excite our audiences.  Your support in any amount is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for joining us in ensuring the ongoing success of the Northshore Concert Band.