2018 Cultural Arts Award
The Arlington Heights Arts Commission recently honored the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band with its 2018 annual Cultural Arts Award. Band members were presented with the award during the village board meeting Monday, Nov. 5, at the Arlington Heights Village Hall.
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. The goal of the award is to assist in building on the sense of pride in the village and among local artists in particular.
The award was given in recognition of the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band, whose members have contributed their time and talent performing eight concerts each year for free. The 65-member band has performed in Memorial and Fourth of July parades since 1980.
In addition, musicians present free concerts during the year -- four indoor and four outdoor. At its final indoor concert in the spring, members host a food drive for the township. This year they collected more than 300 pounds of food.
In presenting the award, Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes said, "The group is very special to me. They don't charge for tickets, but the tickets are hard to get. I make sure I get my tickets early. We thank all the members for the great work they do representing our community throughout each year at a number of different events, and we look forward to many years of great music."
Arlington Heights Community Concert Band conductor Mike Madonia thanked the Arts Commission.
"We love to make music; we love to make people happy. We love to have people at our concerts. I won the lottery when I was picked as conductor for this group," Madonia said.
The annual Village of Arlington Heights Cultural Arts award is based on a candidate's past or present relationship with the Arlington Heights Community; his or her resume; accomplished local and regional artistic achievements; and, in some instances, national and international honors.