Evanson, Ill. — "Mallory Thompson's first musical memory is singing with her older sister when she was maybe 3 years old," writes  William Hageman in his recent article in the Chicago Tribune about Northwestern University's director of bands

The article features excerpts of an interview with Thompson after she rehearsed Northwestern's acclaimed Symphonic Wind Ensemble for the university's commencement exercises.

Hageman noted Thompson's frequent smiles during that rehearsal, to which she said "I love it. I love them." Later, she describes her Northwestern colleagues and students as a "massive community of great people and accomplished musicians."

The Tribune also notes Thompson's work as artistic director of the Northshore Concert Band as well as the frequent invitations she receives to conduct premiere U.S. military bands, which she described as "quite an honor" for a civilian.

Cuts to school music programs, Thompson's own listening habits, and a bit of background about the work that goes into conducting were also discussed.

A bit of Thompson's personal philosophy is also showcased.

"Nothing is better than what's right in front of you," she says, "Nothing is funnier than real life. Also, it's good to remember to be grateful for things...I try to never be in too big a hurry."

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