About the Band
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.
We are a wind band and as such, play wind band music! Fortunately, this is a diverse category including marches, show tunes, classical, big band, and more.
Pietro Pisello is in his 9th year of music education. He is currently the Director of Bands at Thorton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, Illinois. Previously, he was a band director at RichTownship High School in Matteson and Washington Elementary School in Waukegan. He also served as the Associate Conductor of the AHCCB for the past 4 years.
During his tenure at these schools, his marching, concert, pep and jazz bands have won several awards at festivals including the Chicago Football Classic, Jazz in the Meadows, and IHSA Organizational, Solo and Ensemble, and Pep Band Contests. Several of his students have also been selected to ILMEA District and All State Ensembles.
Pietro graduated from Ridgewood High School in Norridge, IL and then attended Trinity International University in Deerfield, where he received his Bachelors degree in music education. He received his Masters of Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music in 2020. Peter is also active in The Sicilian Band of Chicago where he plays trombone.
He and his wife, Katie Pisello (a member of the band) currently reside in Arlington Heights with their dog Minnie.
We have approximately 60 volunteer members in the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band. Their ages range from 14 to 80+ years old. Some are extremely accomplished musicians, and some are not. But all enjoy having fun and sharing their love of music with each other and with audiences at our concerts.
Membership is open to anyone 14 years of age or older who has experience playing a musical instrument. No audition is required, and placement is at the discretion of the conductor.
We encourage our members to participate all of our concerts, but we understand life is busy and sometimes gets in the way. Members wishing to perform a given concert are expected to attend most of the associated rehearsals, the dress rehearsal, and of course the concert itself.
Rehearsals are once a week, on Wednesday night, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Our normal rehearsal space is Forest View Educational Center, but conflicts do move us to other local rehearsal venues.