Arlington Heights Community Concert Band Presents 'Local Legends'

Press Release (Revised)


The Arlington Heights Community Concert Band



The Arlington Heights Community Concert Band. under the baton of Conductor and Artistic Director Pietro Pisello, presents LOCAL LEGENDS, on Sunday, October 15th at 3 p.m. in the Forest View Educational Center Theater, located at 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. The theater doors will open at 2:30. Pietro says this concert is about celebrating our homegrown musicians and composers, as well as music that defines the Chicagoland area and Illinois.

Scott Ostrander resides in Mount Prospect and composes music for piano, brass, string ensembles and concert bands. The band will play his original composition Maverick March which he wrote in the tradition of the "March King", John Philip Sousa. Keith Miller is a local legend from Wheeling, IL and has over 50 years of professional music experience as a musician, pianist, and educator. He will be the guest pianist performing Warsaw Concerto for Piano and concert band.

The band will also perform the Overture Dublin Holiday by Forrest L. Buchtel (1899-1996). His son, with the same name, add Junior, plays the euphonium in the band. Buchtel Sr. was professor of composition, brass, chorus and English at VanderCook College of Music for 53 years and

head of the choral, award winning band and orchestra at Amundsen High School 1940-60.

The Arlington Heights Band is proud to feature two important members and local legends of the ensemble. Kayman Klaas is the band's very own composer. He says: "it is both my job and passion to create music for the world to enjoy." The band will play his original piece, Two American Melodies." Additionally, Russell Puetz has been a member of the band since it's origin year in 1979. The band is thrilled to perform, Glory of the Trumpets, in honor of his longstanding dedication to music and this band.

There are many other musical surprises in this concert that is for all ages. It's sure to be one of the band's best concerts yet. The music will surely unite us with hometown pride.

The band views its concerts as a service to the community and never wants price to deter anyone from attending. Admission is free but seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved by email Remaining tickets, if any, will be available at the door.

The Arlington Heights Community Concert Band is our community's treasure trove of musical exceptionality unique to our area. The band started with three musicians in November 1979 and now has over 80 members. Most band members are not professional musicians and come to rehearsals after their regular work hours to prepare for the next performance. They play for the love of music and for the pleasure of performing beautiful music for their community.

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. Arlington Heights Community Concert Band, INC, is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, is approved by the Internal exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. (EIN) is 80-0528236. The band accepts tax-deductible donations to offset the cost of concert production, replacement equipment and new music.

Information about the band is available at

Submitted by Suzanne Petrie, Publicity

For more information, please contact band president, Judy Shimkus

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