Musicians & Music

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


Kristen Hanna

Kristen Hanna plays the Flute and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2012. She is a Band Director and lives in Park Ridge, Illinois.

When and why did you start playing? I started playing the flute in the fifth grade. I am the third generation flutist in my family following in the footsteps of my grandfather and my uncle. I grew up hearing the flute and always knew that I wanted to play it as well.

What do you enjoy most about playing? Music is my passion, and I love playing the flute! When I am making music my instrument is an extension of me. Being a musician is a very special thing because making music allows us to express ourselves in a very unique way.

Who was your most influential music teacher? I have had many music teachers since 1990, and three of them have influenced me tremendously. They are, Barbara Saks (my very private flute teacher), and Doug Schuler & Bob Rzeszutko (my junior high band directors). All three of them encouraged me, challenged me, and supported me. I am proud to now be able to call them colleagues.

Does anyone in your family play music? Both of my brothers still actively play the instruments that they started in the fifth grade too!

What’s on your iPod? I love singer songwriters, and my favorites are Carole King, James Taylor, Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, and Simon and Garfunkel.

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Keep music a part of your life for your lifetime! Whether it’s being a performing musician or an audience member, keep it with you.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? All of the musicians in the NCB are there because they love their instrument and their life wouldn’t feel complete without being able to play their instrument in an ensemble. That is special.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Challenging, Engaging, Necessary

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  I teach middle school band, and I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and daughter.


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