The Northport Community Band is Back!

The Northport Community Band is thrilled to announce our return to LIVE performances each Thursday evening in July in Northport Village Park!

Beginning July 1 at 8:30 pm, the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand will once again ring with the sounds of your musical friends and neighbors in a summertime tradition since 1959. As they carefully emerge from a long quarantine, they will be featuring members of the Band in smaller groups that don’t always get the spotlight, culminating with the full band in our final weeks: July 1 – Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band featuring the French Horn Ensemble; July 8 – The NCB Low Brass Collective plus the Jazz Orchestra Quintet; July 15 – The Northport Community Jazz Orchestra Big Band; July 22 – Return of the FULL Northport Community Concert Band, guest conductor Tom Gellert and surprises; July 29 – Season Finale with the full band, Armed Forces Salute with American Legion Post #694 and the 1812 Overture with cannons.

The band has a contingency rain site! If the weather threatens, the evening’s performance will move to Northport High School. Announcements will be made beginning at 3:00 pm on the Band’s website, and our Facebook page; and loyal audience members can sign up for instant updates by sending an email to or texting @e82cbb to 81010.

Every concert is also live streamed and archived at, where all of last year’s virtual concerts can still be found. Rain or shine, there’s great LIVE music ahead. Bring your folding chairs, beach blankets and a picnic dinner and celebrate the band’s 63rd musical summer.

P. S. Don’t forget to “bring a can to the concert!” Long Island Cares will once again accept non-perishable food donations every week, and each item is worth a raffle ticket for valuable prizes – including guest conducting “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at the final concert!

Current and retired Northport Staff who are NCB members: Don Sherman, Director; Remy D’Esposito, Chris Zacher; joe Hinton; Ellen McCarthy; and lots of alumni!

2021 R-UTN Scholarship Winners

Thanks to the generosity of our members’ donations to the R-UTN Scholarship fund, we were happy to be able to end this pandemic year by presenting scholarships to seven deserving Northport High School seniors. Scholarships were presented to three seniors at the NHS Awards Ceremony, and we also presented scholarships to four children of our UTN colleagues at the UTN Retirement celebration.

We are proud to announce the recipients of this yeas scholarships:

McKenzie Schuvart received the The Fran LaDuca Award in memory of Fran LaDuca, longtime president of the R-UTN. Fran was a library media specialist and a lover of books and literature. The scholarship in her honor was awarded a senior who is seeking a career in education and has a love of literature. McKenzie will be attending the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC.

McAuley Carroll received the The Ellsworth Welch Award in memory of former Ocean Avenue principal Ells Welch. It was awarded to a senior who plans to pursue a career in education. McAuley will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Nicole Geres was awarded The R-UTN Memorial Scholarship Award, in memory of our retired colleagues who died during the 2020- 2021 school year. It was also designated for a student who intends to pursue a career in the education. Nicole will attend Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

The UTN chose the following recipients to receive scholarship awards.

Vincent Gaddis, son of Bellerose Avenue Teacher Janice Gaddis, will be attending the University of Tampa.

Robert Gonzalez, son of NHS Art Department teacher Robin O’ Neill – Gonzalez, will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh.

Thomas McDonagh, son of ENMS teacher Christine McDonagh, will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Steven Torre, son of NMS teacher Michele Torre, will be attending Colgate University.

Congratulations to all the deserving recipients and their proud families. Again, thank you retired educators for your generous donations to our R-UTN Scholarship Fund.

Sad News

Peggy Rumore, retired Ocean Avenue teacher, passed away on Sunday, June 27 at the age of 80. Peggy was pre-deceased by her husband Salvatore and her sister Ellen. She is survived by her children Kerry Jean and George, five grandchildren, her sister Marie Zabielski and brother Joseph Gremelsbacker.

 Peggy was a dedicated and caring teacher at Ocean Avenue School and she will be is fondly remembered as a  kind and gentle educator who was beloved by her students and their parents. 

Reposing Nolan Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Ave, Northport, Tuesday, 2-5 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass Wednesday, 10 AM, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Centerport. Interment Northport Rural Cemetery.

Donations in Peggy’s memory to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church Parish Outreach, 53 Prospect Road, Centerport, NY 11721 appreciated.