Northshore Concert Band: American Celebration

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Northshore Concert Band: American Celebration

NCB wraps up its 67th season with music inspired by the baseball diamond, Broadway, film, and a march by John Philip Sousa.

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Leemputte Family Theater Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts 1100 Laramie Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091

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  • 2 hours
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Combining all things American, from baseball to Broadway and everything in between, American Celebration closes our 67th season in spectacular form. Bright, uplifting, and joyous, baseball-fanatic Carolyn Bremer’s Early Light draws upon her anticipation at hearing the national anthem before ball games. The saxophone section steps into the spotlight for Benjamin Horne’s sumptuous setting of “Deep River,” with soulful solos scored for the entire section. From the baseball diamond straight into the theater, Warren Barker’s sensational arrangement of some of George Gershwin’s most famous works, including An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, kicks off the second half of our program. 76 Trombones lead the way in selections from The Music Man, followed by highlights from Star Wars, masterfully arranged by Donald Hunsberger. Our American Celebration culminates with John Philip Sousa’s salute to the lovely ladies of the Windy City, The Belle of Chicago.


Carolyn Bremer Early Light

Benjamin Horne Deep River

David Maslanka Traveler

Warren Barker The Symphonic Gershwin

Meredith Wilson Selections from The Music Man

John Williams Selections from Star Wars

John Philip Sousa The Belle of Chicago

About Northshore Concert Band

Northshore Concert Band (NCB) is a 100-member symphonic band active in the Chicago metropolitan area. Founded in 1956, the Band is internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and commitment to music education. NCB presents 10-12 concerts per season, including a four-concert subscription series housed at Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Loyola Academy's Leemputte Family Theater. The Band's musical leadership is provided by Dr. Mallory Thompson, Artistic Director, and Daniel J. Farris, Assistant Conductor. Learn more at

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