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Festival Overview

41st Annual Northshore Concert Band Music Festival
Northwestern University Campus – Evanston, Illinois
March 17-18, 2017




Concert band clinics

Your full concert band will have the opportunity to work with highly regarded university directors, all of whom have a great deal of clinic experience, for a 50-minute clinic in a noncompetitive, nonrated format. The clinics, which are not open to the public, are informal, with no requirements about the number or types of pieces that must be performed. It’s a unique no-pressure environment for your ensemble to work with and receive valuable feedback from top educators. Band clinics are extremely popular, and space is limited, so be sure to reserve a place for your ensembles early.

Solo and ensemble contest
Student musicians will perform solos and ensembles for area band directors and musicians from the Northshore Concert Band, receiving both verbal and written feedback following the performance. Adjudication is available for all wind, string, and percussion instruments as well as voice and piano. Recipients of a I or II rating will receive an award medal.

Unlike other area solo and ensemble contests, our festival is open to all public and private school teachers as well as private instructors, with no membership dues or fees. In addition, while your students are waiting for their rating, they can attend a free Northshore Concert Band performance!


Band Concert
Don't miss the opportunity to hear a free hour-long concert by the 100-piece Northshore Concert Band, internationally recognized as one of the world's best adult concert bands.



Contact: Kendra Gohr, Festival Manager
1-847-432-2263, ext. 701
festival@northshoreband.org