Meet the extraordinary men and women of Northshore Concert Band who have dedicated their lives to making music!
Mollie McDougall plays the French Horn and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2005. She is a Band and Orchestra Director and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
When and why did you start playing? Syracuse, NY – my grandmother used to play piano and everyone would stand around and sing – I wanted in on the action and started playing piano when I was 6 and horn when I was 10.
What do you enjoy most about playing? I love making music with others and finding what the greater group can create together. I love my friends in the band that support me and l love learning from them and passing on what I learn to my students.
Do you have a favorite musical memory? Playing chamber music at Sarasota Chamber Music Festival with musicians from all over the world.
What are your musical influences? Gail Williams, Greg Miller
Who was your most influential music teacher? My high school band director, Andrew Perry
Does anyone in your family play music? My sister is a singer and violinist, my grandmother was a pianist and a great music appreciator.
What’s on your iPod? EVERYTHING – U2, Jazz, Rachimoninoff, Mahler, Bach, Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, middle school band music….
Do you have any advice for young musicians? Stick with it! It gets more and more rewarding and fun!
What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? Amazing leadership, musicianship and friendship
List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Inspiring, motivating, engaging
Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you. I teach middle school band and orchestra in Highland Park and have twin 3 year olds and a golden doodle.
Learn more about the Northshore Concert Band at http://www.northshoreband.org
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