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About the Ticket Supplier: Northshore Concert Band

Northshore Concert Band is a 110-member symphonic band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The ensemble has a rich 50-year history and has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music and service to music education.

Dr. Mallory Thompson, director of bands and professor of conducting at Northwestern University, is NCB's artistic director. Thompson is in great demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and is widely regarded as one of the leadingwind conductors in the nation.

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 American Bandmasters Association. Mr. Paynter built what started as an 11-member, rather informal group into one of the most influential and respected symphonic bands in the world today.

Highlights of NCB's 50-year history include being the first group to receive the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll (North America's most prestigious award for community bands), being selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic (the world's largest and most prestigious band and orchestra conference) 28 times--most recently in 2005, and performing at many other band festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Other highlights include performances with internationally renowned soloists and conductors, including William Warfield, Doc Severinsen, Wynton Marsalis, Frederick Fennell, Leroy Anderson and the Chicago Symphony Chorus at Orchestra Hall.