New season unfolds for North Suburban Concert Band

The new 2013-2014 season of the North Suburban Concert Band is now in full swing and welcoming new players who have played in high school or college, especially trumpets and percussion.

A summertime highlight for music lovers is North Suburban Concert Band’s outdoor concert series. Here, the band performs at Blaine’s Town Square Park pavilion.

A summertime highlight for music lovers is North Suburban Concert Band’s outdoor concert series. Here, the band performs at Blaine’s Town Square Park pavilion.File photo

Musicians from as far north as Big Lake and Elk River, as well as other northern suburbs and metro area residents, are members. Last season’s group featured approximately 75 musicians.

Each year the band performs four concerts: the Halloween concert, Christmas concert(s), cathedral concert and pops concert. The band also performs a summer outdoor concert series.

Established in 1981, the community band lets musicians enjoy performing concert band music as adults.

Although auditions are not required, musicians should have played in high school and be committed to practicing and providing excellent musicianship. Band members attend two-hour rehearsals every Monday night except during school vacations and holidays.

John Rosner has conducted the group for eight years. He is also director of the Elk River High School band program.

According to Rosner, there is tremendous talent in this non-audition band.

“I look forward to providing a challenging – and rewarding – year of music,” Rosner said. “NSCB is a fun group of people that really enjoy making music together.”

The band meets for rehearsals on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Coon Rapids Middle School. To join, just come to rehearsal on Monday night.

For more information, visit www.nscband.com or e-mail Eric Hagen at eric_commish@yahoo.com.

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