About the North Shore Community Band
Our Musical Director
Jim MacDougall was born and raised on Long Island but attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education. Following graduation he returned to Long Island in hopes of finding a teaching job only to find that the job market was not so good. Having grown up watching planes fly over his house on the way to Kennedy Airport and witnessing the early space program he was inspired to join the Air Force and learn to fly.
Jim entered Officer Training School in 1981 and earned his wings in March of 1983. He spent seven years on active duty before deciding to return to Long Island once again to pursue a career in music education. Accepting a position at Hicksville High School as assistant band director and music theory teacher, he learned of the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach and opted to return to active duty and complete the additional thirteen years needed for retirement.
Jim retired from the Air Force in the Fall of 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel and was finally able to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a music teacher. He now teaches band in the Westhampton Beach School District and has studied music in such places as C.W. Post College, Westminster Choir College, Central Connecticut State University, and The College of New Jersey. He accepted the position as Musical Director for the SWR Community Band in 2004.
A Brief History of the Band
The North Shore Community Band grew out of the Shoreham-Wading River Community Band. The Shoreham-Wading River Community Band was founded in 1983 by Marty Stromsten, currently a retired music educator and professional trumpet player. He handed the baton over to Jim Traina, currently a retired music educator and trombonist, in 1991. Mr. Traina passed the baton to the current director, Jim MacDougall, in 2004.
In 2013, the Shoreham-Wading River School District chose to sever ties with the band. Bound together by their shared interest in performing music, the band continues to operate now under the North Shore Community Band name. Though the name has changed, the people have remained, and so does the music.
In addition to our regular seasonal concerts in the Wading River area, the band also performs "On the Road", travelling to various locations to perform. We hold several more intimate performances every year at nursing homes, veteran's facilities, and other communities. We also perform at various other events around Suffolk County which we have been invited to, including downtown Riverhead and ceremonies at Calverton National Cemetery.
To exist, the band relies entirely donations to purchase music and provide funding for our scholarship program. We also have other benefactors, including the Suffolk County Legislature and many local businesses who have purchased advertisements in our programs. Our band members include people from all walks of life, from middle school students to retired music teachers. We all share one thing in common - a love of music.