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TINLEY PARK, IL – The Tinley Park Community Band directed by Barb Abarro, invites high school musicians to participate in a third annual Summer High School Community Band Festival entitled “Entertainment Through The Ages”. Students will play alongside adult band members.

The concert will take place on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Tinley Park Park District Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477.  Audience please bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Rain date TBD.

High school musicians 14 years old and above, or those who will be graduating junior high, are invited.  There’s no residency requirement.  Rehearsals will be on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Monday June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477.  New participants’ fee is $25 which includes a polo shirt. Returning participants fee (who have a polo shirt) is $10.  Concert attire is the polo shirt and khaki (tan) pants. Fees are requested by May 15th.  See the website’s Schedule page for a downloadable festival registration form to print and mail.  Mail form and check payable to Community Band Foundation of Tinley Park, Inc. and mail to PO Box 562, Tinley Park, IL 60477.

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Tinley Park Community Band, PO Box 562, Tinley Park, IL 60477. 



TINLEY PARK, IL – The Tinley Park Community Band, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 S. J. Platko Award whose purpose is to recognize individuals who have made special/extraordinary contributions to the band.

Any individual, past, present, band member or non-band member is eligible to be nominated and selected.  All current active band members are eligible to make one nomination.  Nomination forms will be collected and verified.  Ballots will be made and the band will select a winner based upon which nomination most closely portrays the ideals of outstanding service and dedication that the Stephen J. Platko Award represents.



CHICAGO, IL – Members of the Tinley Park Community Band will be participating in Sousapalooza, a “flash-mob” style band assembling in Wrigley Square in Chicago’s Millenium Park as part of the annual Make Music Chicago celebration on Wednesday, June 21.  Sousapalooza will run from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM.  Other Make Music Chicago events run throughout the day.  Tinley Park Community Band members can be identified through their dark blue polo shirts and participants should bring a music stand.  Registration and downloadable music are available on their website.



TINLEY PARK, IL – The Tinley Park Community Band, directed by Barbara Abarro, held their annual free Spring Concert on Sunday May 7th in the Art Beckmann Performing Arts Center (enter door no. 3) at Central Middle School.  The band welcomed special guests, the West Suburban Concert Band, directed by Henry H. Hiorns and assistant director Cathie Kukec.  Many uplifting musical selections entertained the audience and both bands joined together in music of Italian Renaissance composed Giovanni Gabrielli and “Amercia The Beautiful.”

The Tinley Park Concert Band was established in 1987 and is celebrating their 30th year. Members come from all over Chicagoland. Musicians age 14 and older are invited to join.  There are no auditions or residency requirements. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477. www.tinleyband.org. E-mail: tinleyband@gmail.com Phone: 708-620-7701 Facebook:  www.facebook.com/tinleyband, Tinley Park Community Band, PO Box 562, Tinley Park, IL 60477. 

The West Suburban Concert Band was established in 1957 and is celebrating their 60th year. Members come from all over Chicagoland. For more about the West Suburban Concert Band, go to their website at http://thewscb.com/


The Tinley Park Community Band warms up before the combined community concert at Andrew High School. 


TINLEY PARK, IL – The Tinley Park Community Band, directed by Barbara Abarro, along with Carl Holup’s Eagle Scout Project, presented a concert featuring local Tinley Park school bands.  

Participating bands include:

·         Andrew High School’s Wind Symphony Band directed by Mark Iwinski

·         Tinley Park High School Honors Jazz Band directed by Vince Aiello

·         Kirby District 140 (Prairie View & Grissom Jr. High) Band directed by Ray Forlenza

·         Central Middle School Symphonic Band directed by Jason Freeland

·         Tinley Park Community Band directed by Barb Abarro

Boy Scout Troop 345 collected nonperishable food donations for Together We Cope.  A local charity, they have been helping the community since 1982 and feeds over 1,400 local families in need each month.  For more information about TWC, call 708-897-6996 or 708-614-0112.

After each band presented a couple numbers, all the bands combined to perform “Strike Up The Band” for a rousing finish.

Thanks to Victor J. Andrew High School in for hosting the concert and thanks to all the bands for participating.

This combined concert traces its roots to thirty years ago in the spring of 1987, when the first concert involving local school bands was held. This concert was fashioned after a hometown Sousa concert.  Band directors invited former students and a small alumni band performed. They knew there were many adult musicians who didn’t have a place to play and they started a list of names of the alumni band and people in the audience.  The list grew by word of mouth and an announcement was put in the paper about the formation of a community band.  They held a meeting inviting potential band members and about eight musicians attended, leading to the Tinley Park Community Band being formed in November 1987.  _____________________________________________________


TINLEY PARK, IL – The band was shocked by the news of the sudden passing of former director Stephen J. Platko on March 1, 2016.  He was the Tinley Park Community Band Director for 15 years from 1989 - 2004. Steve was on his way home from Lewis University from a choir rehearsal. The band is currently planning to honor Steve at the Cavalcade of Bands concert in the fall.

The Lewis University Choir premiered his last completed composition entitled "Lazarus of the Four Days" on April 26, 2016 at the Saint Charles Borromeo Chapel on the campus grounds. At the request of Steve’s family, many band members were able to attend the concert.

 Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Georgine (Shaffer) Platko; daughters Larissa (Ray) Barbee of Nashville, TN, Beth (Matthew) Petersen of Chicago, IL; granddaughters Claire and Natalie Petersen; his sister Christine (Richard) Serkland of Alpine, TX; and one niece and several nephews and grandnephews.

Stephen is preceded in death by his parents John and Ann Platko; and his brother the Very Reverend John Platko.

Stephen was born September 2, 1938 in Joliet, Illinois. He was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, serving as choir director for 50 years and as President of the Church Council for the past six years.  He graduated from Northwestern University where he received a Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees.  During his 35 year teaching career, Stephen was band director at Lockport Taft Grade school, choir director at Lockport West High School, band director at Tinley Park High School, and Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Bremen Community High Schools.  He also directed the Tinley Park “Arts Alive!” Community Band for ten years following his retirement from full-time teaching.

During his retirement, Stephen devoted his energies to music composition.  His works for symphonic band, orchestra, and voice have been performed at the International Mid­west Band Clinic, WFMT Radio Chicago Composer Series, and at the Budingen, Germany Millennium Celebration.  His compositions have been featured by the Joliet American Legion Band, University of Kansas Concert Band, Lewis University Choir and by colleges and universities throughout the country.  Stephen was also a prolific composer of liturgical works for Eastern Orthodox worship.  He received the Illinois Humanities Council “Studs Terkel Award” for the year 2000 for his musical accomplishments and community service for the Village of Tinley Park.

Stephen was an inspiration to all who knew him.  Through his music he expressed his passion for life.  Through his life he taught us much about the importance of family, self-reliance, humor, ingenuity, patience and civility.

Visitation was on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and the funeral service was held the following day with interment at St. Mary Nativity Cemetery in Crest Hill.

The band extends its deepest sympathies to the Platko family.

Band member Lynn Hojnacki contributed to this article.








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