Musicians & Music

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


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Brad Say plays the Trombone and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 1999. He is a Music Educator and lives in Mundelein, Illinois.

When and why did you start playing? My influence was my much older cousin who played trumpet and listening to the Lawrence Welk Orchestra! I started on trumpet in 4th grade, switched to baritone/euphonium in 9th grade and picked up trombone at age 21. I now play trombone in NCB and euphonium in another group.

What do you enjoy most about playing? The beauty involved when everyone in the ensemble is engaged and playing at a high level! That doesn’t always happen, but when it does its magic!

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  There are MANY, but two that stick out are playing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day as part of the McDonald’s All-American Band and the Desert Storm Ticker Tape Parade in New York City. With NCB, our concert in Niedershopheim, Germany. The band and the audience were amazing.

What are your musical influences? The President’s Own Marine Band, Several of the British and European top brass bands, Steven Mead, David Childs, Christian Lindberg, Chris Martin, Jay Friedman, Michael Mulchahy, Gene Pokorny, Brett Baker… and many others.

Who was your most influential music teacher? Rex Martin at Northwestern Univ, and Steven Mead (even though I only had one lesson with him)

Does anyone in your family play music? My brother plays drums.

What’s on your iPod? Rock/Pop (mostly 80’s), classical, jazz, wind band music, brass band music

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Listen and practice more. Its a big world. You may be the best in your school, region, or even state, but there are always people way better than you!

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? How big it is. It is much different approach then having mostly one player on a part in a smaller group. Also, the high musicality demand from Dr. Thompson.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Musically engaging, Fun, Loud

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  I recently retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard Band with 21 years in WI and 5 years in active duty army bands.


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