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posted: 12/6/2017 12:32 PM

'Sleigh Bells Ring' at Wheaton Warrenville South

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By Erica Loiacono
Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200

"Sleigh Bells Ring" will be the theme this weekend when the bands of Wheaton Warrenville South High School perform their Holiday Pops program along with a performance by the school's color guard.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the school, 1996 Tiger Trail, Wheaton. Under the direction of Victor Scimeca, the band program features more than 200 students.

All proceeds from the concert will be used to fund band uniforms, adjunct band staff, musical arrangements, and other expenses associated with the band and guard programs.

Students have the opportunity to participate in three curricular bands, marching band, pep band, jazz band, brass choir, flute choir, show choir band and the pit orchestra for the school musicals.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. when attendees can buy raffle tickets for a shot at prizes that include a 6-string electric guitar, a 32-inch TV and gift certificates for dining and services from Wheaton and Warrenville businesses. Winners will be chosen during intermission.

The event also includes a bake sale with holiday cookies and homemade sweets. A silent auction will be held for items such as a night in downtown Chicago at the Waldorf Astoria and tickets to Steppenwolf Theatre.

Other auction items include Broadway in Chicago tickets, tickets to the "Nutcracker" at College of DuPage, a Brookfield Zoo family package, exclusive wine tastings, and a five-piece Excel Drum Set valued at more than $500. Bidding begins at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 9:45 p.m.

Color guard members will sell popcorn, roses and handmade ornaments, and there will be a Photo Experience where families can sit in a sleigh for holiday photos.

Admission to the concert is free, but students are collecting nonperishable, shelf-stable pantry items for the People's Resource Center in Wheaton.

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