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Northshore Concert Band


1555 Sherman Ave. #315

Evanston, IL



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Northshore Concert Band


Our mission is to foster and promote wind music and adult bands through high-quality performances, music education, recorded works, and commissions. 

Northshore Concert Band ("NCB") is a 100-member symphonic band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Since 1956, NCB has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education.

Artistic Direction and Conductor:

Northshore Concert Band’s musical leadership is provided by Artistic Director, Dr. Mallory Thompson, and Assistant Conductor Daniel Farris. Dr. Thompson first conducted the Northshore Concert Band in April 1999 and was named principal guest conductor that same season. In 2003, Dr. Thompson accepted an expanded role as NCB’s artistic director.


NCB was founded in 1956 and led for 40 years by the late John P. Paynter, who was director of bands at Northwestern University, an accomplished arranger, and president of many band organizations, including the Midwest Clinic and the American Bandmasters Association. 

Recordings and Commissions:

NCB has commissioned nine new works for wind band and has released seven recordings on CD. In 2003, Meredith Music Publishers released a book by Dr. William Carson entitled On the Path to Excellence: The Northshore Concert Band, Paynter, Buehlman and Beyond. In 2011, Chicago classical radio station, 98.7 WFMT, will broadcast two programs of live performances from NCB’s concert series at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. 

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