Pete Ellman Big Band wraps up Saturday Night Lights' fall season on Dec. 16

The 18-piece Pete Ellman Big Band will perform in concert on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the historic Baker Community Center in downtown St. Charles.

The event concludes the fall season of "Saturday Night Lights" concerts produced by the Norris Cultural Arts Center.

The performance will include Big Band and jazz standards, some new pieces, and a selection of holiday tunes arranged for Big Band.

It will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 101 S. Second St. (Route 31)

Tickets include complimentary beverages and light snacks. For a link to online ticketing and more information, visit

Since Pete Ellman founded his Big Band in 2009, it has played regularly throughout the Chicago area at locations such as Mullen's in Lisle, Fitzgerald's in Oak Park, and The Venue in Aurora.

The band frequently invites student jazz ensembles to join them, and provides guest clinicians to work with school jazz bands, giving young musicians a taste of the real world environment playing for appreciative audiences.

Additionally, the Pete Ellman Big Band has hosted numerous fundraisers at their events to support local nonprofits such as Loaves & Fishes, Toys for Tots, Kids Matter, Kidz Cabaret, Youth Symphony of DuPage, Naperville Educational Foundation, Gil Ellman Memorial Fund, and more.

For more information on the Pete Ellman Big Band, visit

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