The Band is the first and only adult community instrumental group in the Village. It is an integral part of Buffalo Grove's extensive promotion of the arts, along with other non-instrumental music groups, drama productions, and arts events that occur regularly throughout the year. Throughout its 19-year history, it has enjoyed the reputation of being one of the premiere community bands in northern Illinois.
For those joining the band, the BGSB provides the opportunity to learn music, regain lost or improve existing skills, and develop new friendships while providing the surrounding community with services that educate and entertain.
The Band provides exposure to music of all styles. Through performances in surrounding communities, the Band acts as a good-will ambassador for the arts on behalf of the Village. In past years the Band has played at Cantigny, Libertyville, Wheeling, Long Grove, and Wheaton. The Symphonic Band has been invited 3 times in past years to perform at the Wheaton Band Festival. It has used imaginative themes for its programming and has featured soloists in piano and violin concertos as well as prominent musicians such as Gene Pokorny (tuba, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Wayne Messmer.
In addition to the Symphonic Band, its core ensemble, the Band has branched out into small ensembles that perform in an annual Ensemble Recital as well as independent venues throughout the year and a full Jazz Band, now in its 11thyear, that performs jazz classics by Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson and others.Music Varieties and Performances
The BGSB plays and performs all varieties of music from classical to Broadway to pop and jazz.
The Band has performed over 170 concerts to capacity audiences, including formal concerts each year at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove High Schools, as well as holiday concerts at local churches over the Christmas holidays and summer concerts, including Buffalo Grove Days, Willow Stream Park, and the Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival; outside the Village performances have included 2 appearances at Cantigny and 3 invitations to perform at the Wheaton Band Festival, as well as performances in Wheeling, Northbrook, Libertyville, and Long Grove. Their annual Independence Day Concert at the Buffalo Grove Rotary Green has become a yearly tradition that brings over 3000 people to hear the performance two hours before the start of the Village’s fireworks display. We have performed an additional 7 annual small ensemble recitals and have our own performing Jazz Band as well.
The Symphonic Band’s formal concerts always follow a theme around which its selections are based. Past themes have included Fire and Water, Romance, the Supernatural, the Greatest Generation, Leonard Bernstein at 100, Music of Russia and Spain, Wind Band Classics, and music by and about Women, among others.Band Funding
The group is a member of the National Association of Concert Bands and is a non-profit organization entirely financed the Village of Buffalo Grove, private and corporate sponsorships, charitable donations, and ticket sales from its two yearly formal concerts. As in past years the BGSB has been honored as a recipient of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
If you would like to become a sponsor of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, please check out our Sponsorship Opportunities at our website, www.bgsb.org