Musicians & Music

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

KEVIN BALDWIN

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Kevin Baldwin plays the Tuba and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2007. He is a Mechanical Engineer and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

When and why did you start playing? 4th Grade – Why?!  Why not is the real question here. I was already involved with lots of sports so what was one more thing on the to-do list at that point in life.

What do you enjoy most about playing? It’s nice to get out of the normal routine of work and life in general to be able to be with friends once (sometimes twice) a week.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  Lots of good memories of trips for music. One at the top of the list is playing at Carnegie Hall while at Purdue University. We were invited to play at the NY Wind Band Festival for World Projects my senior year. It’s amazing how fast life goes as that was 10 years ago!

What are your musical influences? Best way to put this is music was a way to either start the day off in High School or, even better, be a break in the day during College. Especially from all that studying in Engineering – my head was hurting all the time from this! So I looked forward to not studying textbooks and playing some music instead.

Who was your most influential music teacher? I of course have multiple teachers in my path of music. My private teacher Richard Schmitt who played trombone for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra way back in the 40s. Greg Wojcik who is the band director at Glenbrook South High School who also played trombone. Jay Gephart – director of bands at Purdue University and is quite the tuba player. Best way to find a common thread between all 3 teachers is their way of leading by example.

Does anyone in your family play music? Dad played Percussion and Mom played a mean Organ (so I’ve been told!). My brother played Alto and Tenor Saxophone through High School. Lots of other extended family members playing something over the years as I’ve been to a lot of school concerts!

What’s on your iPod? Currently playing: The Soundtrack from “Brassed Off”

Do you have any advice for young musiciansKeep with it … it gets better and better.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? The comradery of the low brass sections. We all know our abilities and limits to help each other out in a good way to produce the best sound possible. I’ve learned so much from playing in this group over the years.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Exciting, Precise, & Accomplished

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  Looking back at all the trips associated to music, I’ve been to a lot of places! New York, Orlando, Michigan, Indiana, California, England, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands! Lots of great experiences and looking forward to the next one.

 

Kevin is pictured with Jim Cornelison, national anthem singer for the Chicago Blackhawks, backstage at the Northshore Concert Band’s Fall 2014 concert A Veterans Day Salute.

 

 

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Musicians & Music

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

KENDRA GOHR

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Kendra Gohr plays the Euphonium and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2005. She is a private teacher and lives in Libertyville, Illinois. Kendra is also the Northshore Concert Band’s Festival of Music Manager.

When and why did you start playing? I began playing euphonium when I was 9-years old. Both of my grandfathers (and two of my aunts) also played euphonium so I figured I was destined to play as well. My first horn was my grandfather’s 60 year old euphonium…played under the baton of J.P. Sousa! It was a 3-valve horn (that smelled bad and made my thumb turn green due to the raw brass) with a case that was falling apart, but it served me well for five years!

What do you enjoy most about playing? I love making beautiful music with good friends.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  I have many, but probably one of my favorites is playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville when I was a freshman in high school with the Naperville North High School Wind Ensemble.

What are your musical influences? So many! My private teachers, especially Chad Allen, Ron Keller, Bob Hess, Jim Stombres, Mark Moore, Ken Steinsultz, Pete Griffin & Velvet Brown.

Who was your most influential music teacher? Has to be Jim Stombres. He was my high school band director. He inspired me to not only be a great musician, but also a great person. He really did help mold me into the musician that I am today by teaching me to play the music not just on the page, but from the heart.

Does anyone in your family play music? My mom played the flute and directed children’s choirs at church. My dad is an athlete…he doesn’t play an instrument, but he can whistle in two parts! My husband plays the trumpet and is a high school band director. My son plays the cello and my daughter plays the string bass.

What’s on your iPod? Actually, I don’t have an Ipod, believe it or not… I still listen to c.d.’s 🙂

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Just keep playing!! Whether you major in music or not, just enjoy the music and keep playing!

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different from performing with other groups?  We all have a common goal of playing good music well. We work hard and achieve great things in performance.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Inspiring, Exciting, Family

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  I played lead trombone in my high school jazz ensemble and traveled all over Europe with the band, but because I am a classically trained musician, I DO NOT improvise!! 🙂

 

Learn more about the Northshore Concert Band at www.northshoreband.org

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