Musicians & Music

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



Melanie plays the French Horn and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2017. She is a music educator and lives in St. Charles.

When and why did you start playing?  I started playing in 5th grade because I wanted to be cool and play an instrument like my sister.

What do you enjoy most about playing?  It helps me take a step back and forget about my problems. And also it’s really fun to play “adult” music after teaching elementary music all day.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  My first warm-up in my college concert band.

What are your musical influences?  Being the best teacher I can be to my students, and keeping my passion for music alive.

Who was your most influential music teacher?  My grandma was my piano teacher. She started it all and even as an 87 year old Alzheimer’s sufferer in a nursing home, can play pretty much anything from memory and on command.

Does anyone in your family play music?  My grandma, my mom and my sister

What’s on your iPod?  Basically anything and everything. I LOVE Taylor Swift! (#sorrynotsorry)

Do you have any advice for young musicians?  You will never regret the decision to pick up a musical instrument.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups?  It really makes me a better musician!

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert BandIntense, incredible, fun

Please add anything else that you would like our audience to know about youI grew up on a farm in Iowa, and my parents’ cattle population was/is probably the most cultured group of livestock ever! I used to practice my French horn outside and they were my only audience.


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