The Northshore Concert Band has brought music to the Chicago metropolitan area for 61 years. Performing up to 15 concerts a year and reaching over 20,000 people annually, the NCB’s season includes a four-concert subscription series, educational outreach programs at area schools, summer concerts, and professional band festivals and conferences. They are deeply rooted in the concept of “community” and in encouraging involvement in music for people at all stages of life. Part of their mission is to foster and promote wind music and the adult band concept and to assist in the music education of young people. Northshore Concert Band’s engaging music education programs demonstrate to younger musicians that there are opportunities for them to play and enjoy their instruments their entire lives, regardless of whether they choose a musical vocation.