PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — The Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Music Department has been a staple for rural Northwest Alabama for approximately 40 years. Saturday, April 29th, NWSCC will hold a Homecoming Celebration for all the alumni of the NWSCC Music and Fine Arts Department.

NWSCC Music Department alumni will participate in a banquet at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Center (Building 305) and hold a concert (open and free) for the

public at 7:30 p.m. in the Lou B. Bevill Center. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. all alumni choir and band members will check-in and prepare for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

The NWSCC Music Department began in the mid 1970’s by Eleanor Christiansen. Over the last 40 years the NWSCC Music Department has changed names from Northwest Alabama State Junior College (established in 1963) to Northwest Alabama Community College (established in 1989) to Northwest Shoals Community College (established in 1993).

Throughout this time the NWSCC Music Department:

  • Won five state championships in Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir/Chorale

  • Produced 17 Broadway Musicals including “Hello Dolly”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Music Man”

  • Produced the Christmas production, “Legend of Toyland,” for 30 consecutive years

  • Employed full-time faculty (in chronological order): Eleanor Christiansen, Lanny McAlister, Jeff McAlister, George Crummie and Bob Head

Alumni of the NWSCC Music Department who would like to participate in the Homecoming Celebration Banquet and Concert are encouraged to contact Greg Weeks at 256-710-8963 or email Cost for non-alumni attending the banquet will be $10 and should make reservations in advance. Details for the event can be found on the NWSCC Music Homecoming Facebook group at