Middle School Band


MS Director of Bands Chosen to Conduct the 2019 Suffolk County 5th and 6th Grade All County Band

North Shore Middle School’s Director of Bands, Eric Mordhorst, has been chosen to conduct the 2019 Suffolk County 5th and 6th Grade All County Band. This band is comprised of 110 of the highest performing Elementary Band Musicians from school districts spread across Suffolk County. Mr. Mordhorst was selected for this position as a result of his experience in music education and his reputation in the Long Island music community.

The students will perform four pieces, At the Crossroads by Robert W. Smith, Aztec by Erik Morales, Fire Dance by David Shaffer, and Midnight Escape by Larry Neeck. Prior to their performance on March 10th at Centereach High School, these students will have the challenging task of preparing this ambitious program in three rehearsals at West Islip Middle School.

Mr. Mordhorst is the Director of Bands at North Shore Middle School, a position he has held since 2005. At NSMS, he directs the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. He has been fortunate enough to lead the Symphonic Band in performances at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and 2017.

Mr. Mordhorst graduated with a BS in Education (2002) and an MA in Wind Conducting (2005) from Hofstra University, where he also held the position of Associate Conductor with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble from 2007 – 2010. In addition to his position at North Shore, he is a private teacher and performer, specializing in Tuba, Euphonium, and Trombone. Mr. Mordhorst has also completed Advanced Certificates in School Building and District Administration at Queens College, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate at St. John’s University, in the Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership.

Mr. Mordhorst takes great pride in his school and community. He said, “One of the greatest aspects of my life is living and working in the North Shore School District. Being a member of this community in both of these roles has strengthened both my professional and personal life. It’s impossible to overstate how much I appreciate the incredible level of support for music education that exists among the residents of this community, and I am constantly in awe of the wonderful people who I am happy to call colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been honored with this conducting opportunity, and I am proud to represent the North Shore School District.”

Article and photo provided by Mr. Eric Mordhorst