Support the Northshore Concert Band!

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Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, the Northshore Concert Band just completed its historic 60th season.

NCB is unique in the exceptional quality of its performances and in its outreach to young musicians. Among other accomplishments this season, we were joined by nationally recognized artists, over 20,000 audience members enjoyed NCB performances, thousands of young music students participated in our multi-day festival of music at Northwestern University, selected Chicago area students performed alongside NCB musicians at our Lifetime of Music concert in February, and dozens of alumni joined us for our June concert.

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We work hard to make our concert income and Festival registration fees stretch as far as possible, but those sources don’t cover the cost of our musical productions and educational programming.  And, for the past two seasons, the Illinois Arts Council has been unable to offer grants which are so important to us, leaving NCB with a deficit of approximately $10,000.  We depend on the generous donations of our supporters.

We respect the demands on arts supporters in these difficult times.  We hope, though, that you value our musical and educational work, and we ask that you support us with a generous donation.

Support Your Favorite NCB Member’s Passion for Music!

 $5,000 Supports the Conductor’s Podium for the season.

 $1,500 Supports the Conductor’s Podium for one concert.

 $400 Supports an NCB musician for the season.

 $150 Supports an NCB musician and a student musician at Lifetime of Music concert.

 $100 Supports an NCB musician for one concert.

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Unrestricted gifts provide the Band with the most flexibility and offset expenses not covered through ticket sales or Festival registrations. Quick, easy, and secure contributions can be made at www.northshoreband.org or via mail with a check to the Band at Northshore Concert Band, 1555 Sherman Ave. #315, Evanston, IL 60201-4421.

Thank You for Supporting the Northshore Concert Band!

The NCB is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization.

Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 

 

 

 

 

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Musicians & Music

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

DEBORAH HAWES

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Deborah Hawes plays Percussion and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 1966. She is a retired Physician and lives in Northfield, Illinois. Deborah is also the treasurer for Northshore Concert Band.

When and why did you start playing? When I was 4 my mother started teaching me piano; when I was 8 the school band director was looking for someone who could read music and whose father had a truck to move percussion equipment. I volunteered myself and my father and now 62 years later I’m still a drummer.

What do you enjoy most about playing? Music is an essential part of life. Listening to it can be transcending. Playing it joins you to the music; you become part of creating the musical experience and then it will always be with you.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  Some time ago at one of the NCB Adult Band Conferences, Colonel John Bourgeois of the US Marine Band was conducting the conference massed band. I missed the initial Friday night rehearsal because I had to work, but when I showed up Saturday morning (after the rehearsal had started because I was coming right from work) I was met by three anxious percussionists pleading,”Please tell us you can play snare drum!” There was one overture with a snare drum intro and Col. Bourgeois had brought his medley of Sousa marches with cadence interludes and I was on my own. After the concert while I was moving equipment, the colonel sought me out, thanked me, and gave me a big hug and a kiss.

What are your musical influences? Music is like reading for me – I will read anything: fiction, nonfiction, advertising, even soup cans – because I like the way words are put together. Likewise, I listen to all types of music, and although I don’t have the necessary training to analyze its construction I can savor it.

Who was your most influential music teacher? John P. Paynter

Does anyone in your family play music? My husband taught instrumental music for 32 years and he still plays. Our daughter plays French Horn and our son plays trumpet.

What’s on your iPod? My son playing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on flugelhorn with the UCSD wind ensemble; Sibelius Symphony #2; Movie soundtracks by Richard Rodney Bennett, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, and Ennio Morricone

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Listen to professionals who play your instrument so that you know what sound to strive for. Never give up playing; music will grow with you, help you learn valuable life lessons, be there when you need emotional support, and always give you other musicians to hang out with.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different from performing with other groups? The combined missions of musical excellence, educational programs, and community entertainment.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Unparalleled, dedicated, family

 

 

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Musicians & Music

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

PAUL BAUER

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Paul Bauer plays the Trombone and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2001. He was also a member between 1982 and 1990. Paul is a retired University Administrator who lives in Elmhurst, Illinois and is the Northshore Concert Band’s director of development.

When and why did you start playing? 10 years old, My mother was a church organist and my father sang in the choir. They met in a college choir. I sang in church choir from the age of 6, and playing an instrument was the next natural step to be involved in music.

What do you enjoy most about playing? Making music with others for an audience.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  A number of musical performance moments from high school, college, professional career.

What are your musical influences? Fine teachers and peers in band, orchestra, jazz, and chamber music idioms.

Who was your most influential music teacher? My high school band director, Daniel Nawrocki and first college trombone teacher, David Glasmire.

Does anyone in your family play music? My mother, father, all 3 sisters, and daughter.

What’s on your iPod? Eclectic mix of classical orchestral music, concert band music, jazz, opera, trombone music, musical theater, top 40

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Play with musicians better than yourself.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? There is a combination of a commitment for musical excellence combined with family-like relationships that can span decades.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. outstanding musical family

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  Playing last chair (bass) trombone is lots of fun!

 

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Musicians & Music

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

JENNIFER YOUNG

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Jennifer Young plays the French Horn and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2007. She is a University administrator and lives in Evanston, Illinois. Jennifer is also Northshore Concert Band’s secretary.

When and why did you start playing? My three older brothers played brass instruments but none of them played French horn.

What do you enjoy most about playing? Collaborating with my friends to make music. I respect them and enjoy them so much.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  My graduate recital. It remains my proudest accomplishment ever.

What are your musical influences? I have diverse taste in music – from musical theater to 80s hairbands to rap/hip hop – I love everything!

Who was your most influential music teacher? Earle Dickinson – my high school band director

Does anyone in your family play music? My three older brothers are musicians.

What’s on your iPod? Everything!

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Practice!

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different from performing with other groups? We come to rehearsal and perform because we want to – we’re volunteering our time to be there. It’s unusual to produce such a high quality in a volunteer group. It’s a closeknit group, too – when my dad passed away earlier this year I was completely blown away by the support I received from everyone. It meant so much to me.

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

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  I marched in the Rose Bowl parade when I was 18. A once in a lifetime experience!

***Jennifer’s picture was taken at Wrigley Field last fall when the Chicago Cubs clinched the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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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

Follow this blog to receive more informative and entertaining interviews of Northshore Concert Band members in this Musicians & Music series!