On The Path to Excellence:
The Northshore Concert Band
Paynter, Buehlman and Beyond
by William S. Carson
New from Meredith Music!
with a Foreword by Ray Cramer, Director of Bands, Indiana University
From its humble beginnings in 1956, to triumphant concerts in France and at the MidWest Clinic in 2001, the Northshore Concert Band has led an existence full of interesting twists and turns. How did this group of eleven American Legion musicians evolve into one of the most influential adult bands in history? What lessons can conductors, performers, and administrators learn from the struggles and triumphs of this prominent band? What inspiration is to be gained from observing the band's tenacity in the face of adversity? Follow the story of John Paynter, Barbara Buehlman, and many other important musicians as they guide the Northshore Concert Band on the path to excellence.
"This history, both in its artistic and purely human terms, of what has been thought of by many as the most successful of community bands in recent times, deserves a place in every wind musician's and wind music lover's library....a fine achievement from every point of view."
-- Alfred Reed, composer/conductor
"William Carson has provided a wonderful accounting of the Northshore Concert Band and the two individuals who guided the organization for forty years."
--Ray Cramer, Director of Bands, Indiana University
"The Northshore Band serves as a model for all community bands in America to emulate. Its concerts are professionally performed by dedicated musicians who have a genuine passion for band music. It has become a national treasure in the hearts and minds of band devotees everywhere."
--Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, USAF (Ret)
"Carson's book is a "must read" for all persons interested in community adult bands. The author's analysis of the North Shore Band-paying particular attention to the highly motivated musicians who sparked its incredible growth-gives a blueprint for all bands to follow. Eleven musicians evolved into a large, polished musical group with international stature; not bad for a collection of amateurs led by a genius!"
--Dr. Richard E. Strange, Director of Bands, Emeritus, Arizona State University
"Carson has done an incredibly thorough job documenting the history of this famous community band. No stone is left unturned. And it's all presented in a manner which is enjoyable to read. The most remarkable thing about this book is the way Carson has managed to capture not only the real spirit of the band and its members, but also the subtleties of personal interaction and feeling that presented themselves at every turn in the band's development. The thorough scholarship exhibited in this book through the variety and depth of the interviews makes the story not only accurate but interesting. The human perspective is terrific!"
--Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands, Ithaca College, Former Conductor, Northshore Concert Band
"Dr. Carson's insightful, sensitive, thorough treatment of the Northshore Concert Band's history, the most famous community band in the United States and perhaps the world, stands as a model of writing and scholarship. This forthright account of the NCB's triumphs and challenges will be fascinating reading for all those interested in bands and community activities."
--Jere Humphreys, Professor of Music, Arizona State University
"On the Path to Excellence . . . brings the story of this unique musical organization to an even wider community, the one shared by adult musicians worldwide. This informative and inspirational account will appeal to anyone interested in what has made this band a model of its kind for so long and what keeps it thriving to this day. . . Absolutely terrific. The quality of an oral history as well as an authoritative text, all in one . . . Entertaining as well as informative."
--Kelly Jocius, Executive Director, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic
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Meredith Music Publications
Galesville, MD 20765
Meredith Music is proud to announce the publication of On The Path to Excellence: The Northshore Concert Band by William S. Carson. On The Path to Excellence traces the history of the Northshore Band from its humble beginnings in 1956, to triumphant concerts in Europe and at the Midwest Clinic. The band has led an existence full of twists and turns, adversity and tenacity. How did this group of eleven American Legion musicians evolve into one of the most influential adult bands in history? The story of John Paynter, Barbara Buehlman, and other important musicians unfolds as they guide the Northshore Concert Band on the path to excellence.
According to Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, United States Air Force Band (Ret)
“The Northshore Band serves as a model for all community bands in America to emulate. Its concerts are professionally performed by dedicated musicians who have a genuine passion for band music. It has become a national treasure in the hearts and minds of band devotees everywhere.”
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