Arlington Heights Community Concert Band Holiday Concert

  • Arlington Heights Community Concert BandCara Garbarino

    Arlington Heights Community Concert BandCara Garbarino

Updated 11/20/2019 7:24 AM

Arlington Heights Community Concert Band Presents "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Submitted by Suzanne Petrie VP/Publicity


The award winning Arlington Heights Community Concert Band, in partnership with District 214 Community Education, will present its annual free holiday concert "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.15, in the theater of Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.

Mike Madonia, Artistic and Music Director chose traditional holiday music like Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" with its famous whips clap and whinny. A special surprise soloist will join the band to play this piece. The concert will feature pieces like "March of the Toys," "A Hanukkah Festival," "Christmas from the Fifty's," "Christmas Vacation," and include an audience sing a long.

The band is celebrating 40 years of making music and has four indoor concerts this season. Each concert will represent a decade of the bands history including a story in the program, a memorabilia lobby display and by playing a piece of music from the band's first concert season.

Join us for our holiday concert and 40th year of making music. The holiday concert is usually a packed house, so reserve your tickets early. Admission is free. We view our concerts as a service to the community and never want price to deter anyone from attending. However, for our indoor season, seating is limited, and we recommend requesting a ticket in advance to guarantee a seat.

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Tickets are available at the District 214 Community Education office in the Forest View Educational Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, by calling (847) 718-7702 during the same hours, or by emailing

The band accepts tax-deductible donations to offset the cost of concert production, replacement instruments and new music.


The Arlington Heights Community Concert Band started with three musicians in November 1979 and has grown to over 65 dedicated volunteer musicians of all skill level and ages. Every band member has their own story as to what they like about being a band member. Mike Madonia, Artistic and Music Director, assistant conductor, Peter Piselllo and all the musicians are dedicated to providing the audience with absolutely the most joyful musical experience possible.

Interested musicians are always welcome. Membership is open to anyone ages 14 and older who has experience playing a musical instrument. No audition is required and seat placement is at the director's discretion. The band members have varied skill levels from professional musicians to former high school and college musicians. Weekly rehearsals are from 7:30-9:30 pm Wednesdays usually at Forest View or a local district school. The first several rehearsals of each concert cycle allows time for potential interested musicians to "try us out".

The band is proud to announce that the Arlington Heights Arts Commission honored the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band with its 2018 annual Cultural Arts Award. The Cultural Arts Award celebrates achievements of artists or groups of artists in Arlington Heights who have created a substantial body of work in their field. You can view this prestigious award in the theater lobby.

The band is in partnership with District 214 Community Education, receives support from both the Arlington Heights Park District and the Village of Arlington Heights. The mission of the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band is to provide musical entertainment to the community, to provide opportunities for community members to join and be part of a musical organization, to provide for individual musical expression and growth, and to contribute to the community's music appreciation. Information about the band is available at

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