Northwinds Concert Band


Northwinds Concert Band is a program of the Communications and Marketing Department of Ferguson-Florissant School District.

The Northwinds Band Association, Inc. is an independent organization, dedicated to helping support the Band in its concerts and other activities.

Northwinds Concert Band

Larry Marsh, Director


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Northwinds Concert Band has been performing concerts throughout the St. Louis area since 1975. Based in Florissant, Missouri, the 60-piece ensemble plays a wide variety of audience-friendly music, featuring light classics, novelty numbers, music from Broadway shows and films, and big band sounds. In 2005, the band performed at music festivals in Germany. The ensemble frequently plays exciting new music from international composers.  The band is sponsored by the Community Education Department of the Ferguson-Florissant School District.  NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!

Larry Marsh has conducted the Northwinds Concert Band for over 35 years. He has led the the German Culture Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2000. Marsh has degrees in history from Truman State and a Masters in German Literature and Language from the University of New Hampshire. He taught history and humanities in the Ferguson-Florissant School District for 34 years and was named the district’s Teacher of the Year in 1985. He is very active in the local theatrical community and has directed, designed and/or conducted over 100 productions, many of them for Hawthorne Players.

Northwinds Concert Band's Spring Concert is filled with foot-tapping music from the movies (and more), beginning with the opening theme from "Rocky."  The acclaimed 60-piece wind ensemble, directed by Larry Marsh, will present great music from films, old and new, including Franz Waxman's score for 1954's "Prince Valiant," based on America's longest-running comic strip. The music is notable for showing just how much John Williams and other modern film composers owe to past masters such as Waxman.  Vocalist Ike Eichenberger will sing a great novelty swing tune called "Down With Love."   Northwinds' principal clarinetist Michael Montague will be featured in Astor Piazzolla's sensuous Argentinian tango "Oblivion."  The sticks will be flying when Cliff McDaniel adds a fifth drum to his usual four timpani for a new work called "Blenkiev."  John Powell's score for the 2010 acclaimed animated film "How to Train Your Dragon" features bombastic brass and joyous percussion for the Scottish and Irish-flavored melodies and rhythms. Don't miss this great concert during Valley of Flowers weekend.  ORDER ONLINE HERE!