North Cascades Concert Band returning with Sousa tribute

By Steve Guntli

The North Cascades Concert Band is returning once again to Blaine’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The band has been playing traditional classical music in venues all around the Northwest since 1993. Under the direction of Rob Pattermann, the group performs a wide variety of favorites, from classic compositions by Strauss and Beethoven to modern hits such as the “Star Wars” theme.

This year, the band is staging “Sousa and All That Jazz,” a selection of songs by John Phillip Sousa, the undisputed master of marching band music. The concert will feature a saxophone solo performance from Gunnery Sergeant Greg Ridlington of the United State Marine Band, known as “The President’s Own” band.

The band usually visits Blaine in the fall, so this will be their first springtime show at the PAC. Corey Priddy, a trombonist for NCCB, said last fall’s Blaine performance had the biggest audience they’ve ever had.

The performance will take place at the PAC on Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not necessary but donations are welcome. For more information on the band and other upcoming performances, visit

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