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Suburban bands perform at Hersey invitational

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  • The John Hersey High School Concert Band, conducted by Tom Beckwith, takes the stage at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival Saturday at the Arlington Heights school.

       The John Hersey High School Concert Band, conducted by Tom Beckwith, takes the stage at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival Saturday at the Arlington Heights school.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Judges take notes and use microphones to record scores Saturday during the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational.

       Judges take notes and use microphones to record scores Saturday during the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • About 40 school bands from across the suburbs won an invitation to the concert, including Mundelein High School's wind ensemble.

       About 40 school bands from across the suburbs won an invitation to the concert, including Mundelein High School's wind ensemble.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Jerry Shelato leads Mundelein High School's wind ensemble.

       Jerry Shelato leads Mundelein High School's wind ensemble.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The Schaumburg High School Wind Ensemble performs Saturday.

       The Schaumburg High School Wind Ensemble performs Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Maine South High School wind ensemble students snagged a performance Saturday at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational.

       Maine South High School wind ensemble students snagged a performance Saturday at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Daniel Moore performs at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational at Hersey High School on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

       Naperville North Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Daniel Moore performs at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational at Hersey High School on Saturday in Arlington Heights.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Daniel Moore performs at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational at Hersey High School on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

       Naperville North Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Daniel Moore performs at the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational at Hersey High School on Saturday in Arlington Heights.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
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A marathon festival showed off the musical chops of suburban band students Saturday in Arlington Heights.

About 40 middle and high school bands from across the suburbs snagged a coveted spot in the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival.

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And on Saturday, they spent roughly 10 hours performing for an audience and a panel of judges at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

This year's showcase also featured a piece by the Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble.

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