The Northport Community Band, under the direction of Musical Director Donald M. Sherman, offers free concerts to Long Island music lovers at the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand overlooking beautiful Northport Harbor on five consecutive summer Thursday evenings.
Truly a community effort, the band is comprised of past and present area students, teachers, retirees, merchants, doctors, lawyers, professional musicians and music educators who volunteer their time to provide area residents with a relaxing and enjoyable way of passing balmy summer evenings in historic and picturesque Northport Village.
Each season features a theme that carries over from week to week and includes a blend of overtures, marches, light classics and popular favorites. In addition to weekly features such as the Northport Chorale and various guest conductors and soloists, highlights frequently include the Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band playing popular arrangements of old favorites. The group's signature piece is the "1812 Overture" traditionally played at the final concert, which features "dueling cannons."
Don and the members of the band invite you to enjoy Americana at its best by bringing a lawn chair or blanket – or even a picnic dinner – to the Northport Village Green. All concerts begin promptly at 8:30pm (rain at 8, no date) and last approximately 70 minutes.
Join the Northport Community Band and enjoy the original "unplugged" music experience – find out why the best things in life are free!
The Northport Community Band is a proud member
of the Association of Concert Bands
Our 56th Consecutive Season ... and Still Going Strong!
Since its founding by Robert W. Krueger in 1959, over 700 people have played in the band, which has become a fixture in the community and grown to 85 members – three generations of amateur and professional musicians who practice for 2½ hours on Tuesdays and attract music lovers from all over Long Island (as well as their beach chairs, blankets and picnic dinners) to the Village Green each week for the group’s 5 Thursday evening summer concerts. A number of years ago, as a public service, the band added a special sixth concert at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the benefit of retired veterans and hospital staff.
In 1999, to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary and recognize Bob’s contribution to the community, Mayor Roxanne Browning presented a proclamation designating July 1st as Robert W. Krueger Day and unveiled a monument dedicating the gazebo as the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand.
In 2008, thanks to the generousity of a long-time Northport family, the gazebo was restored to its original splendor, complete with a terra cotta tile roof.
Donald M. Sherman – Musical Director
After graduating from Northport High School, Don attended Ithaca College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Composition, followed by a Master of Music degree in Euphonium Performance.
Don has been teaching instrumental music in the Northport-East Northport schools since 1984. A playing member of the Northport Community Band since high school, he was appointed to the post of Associate Musical Director in 1987 and assumed the position of Musical Director after the passing of Founder Robert W. Krueger in 2013.
From 1992-2000 Mr. Sherman served as Music Director of the Fordham University band, and in that capacity performed with the tenor Frank Patterson at Carnegie Hall and at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Guest conducting engagements have included clinics for high school bands, three All-County Bands in Rockland County, the National Music Educator's Association East Division I Band (Nassau County – 2000 and 2003), the Suffolk County Music Educator's Association Southwest Division I (1998) and East Division II (2005) bands, the North Fork Festival in Greenport (1999), and the Hamptons Music Educator's Association Middle School Festival Band.
As a euphoniumist, Don has performed with the Atlantic Wind Symphony, Seuffert Band, Queens Festival Band, Gramercy Brass of New York, Long Island Tuba Quartet, Riverhead's No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band, and others.
His compositions and arrangements, several of which have been published by the Tuba-Euphonium Press of the ITEA, have been performed at the SCMEA annual Howard Hovey Tuba Day and by various musical organizations including the Northport Community Band, Northport Chorale, Seuffert Band, Gramercy Brass Band, Sam Pilafian and "Travelin' Light," Roger Behrend of the US Navy Band, and the Fordham University Band and Choir.
Robert W. Krueger – Founder
1927 - 2013
Robert W. Krueger was born in Adrian, Michigan, where he attended public school. By the time he reached junior high school, Bob was taking private piano and cornet lessons. During high school, he played trumpet in dance bands throughout southern Michigan. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he entered Northwestern University as a music education major and continued to play professionally in dance bands playing the Big Band music that was so popular during the 1930's and 1940's.
Krueger’s first teaching position was as an instrumental music teacher for grades 4-12 in Manhasset. In 1957 he arrived in Northport to fill the newly created position of Director of Music Education. During the next 25 years, he and his talented staff developed a music program that is still being followed today, and Bob earned the respect of local, state and national organizations for his contributions to school, community and music education.
Upon his arrival in Northport, Bob learned that the village bandstand beautifully situated on the Village Green adjacent to Northport Harbor had not been in use since at least World War II, and he vowed to bring music back to the park. In 1959 he and a group of 17 students and 3 adults practiced for 5 weekends, gave their first concert on a Sunday afternoon to entertain their families, friends and neighbors, and the Northport Community Band was born.