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Education Outreach


The Northshore Concert Band is committed to music education and outreach. Here are just a few examples of how NCB enriches the lives of music students and residents of Chicagoland with high-quality education and outreach initiatives:


Lifetime of Music Initiative

Since 2003, dozens of outstanding Chicago-area school musicians have been invited to join the NCB on stage for its Winter concert each season. This program aims to provide a rewarding musical experience to young musicians as well as expose them to the performance opportunities that await them beyond college, whether or not they choose to pursue music as a career.

This year's Lifetime of Music concert will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017.


Festival of Music

at Northwestern University
March 17-18, 2017

2017 will mark the 41st Anniversary of the Northshore Concert Band’s Festival of Music. This annual three-day event offers more than 2,000 K-12 music students a unique musical experience by combining developmental performance opportunities with demonstration performances by outstanding local musicians. Over the past 40 years the Festival of Music has touched the lives of more than 100,000 music students. Click here to learn more about the Festival.


Outreach & Community Concerts

NCB performs several free concerts each year in area schools, retirement villages, nursing home facilities, and community band shells. Check our 2016-2017 Calendar of Events for the latest news.