No Performance for 2016

The Palatine Area Community Marching Band will not be performing in the Palatine Independence Day Parade on July 2, 2016. This years participant count did not meet the Park District class minimum requirement, and we were very short in specific instrument sections.

We will regroup, brainstorm on recruiting and advertising, and try again next year! Look for updates here, on our Facebook page, and on the Park District website.

Register for 2016

Although Spring has just arrived in Chicago, the park districts have posted their summer programs. That means it’s time to sign up for this years Palatine Area Community Marching Band! You can sign up online or in person at the park districts. Here’s the vital info.

Practices will be Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 8pm. The official park district description:

Want to be a part of the camaraderie of a band playing and marching in step? This band is open to adults and high school students with previous instrumental experience (no marching experience necessary). Please bring your instrument, a music lyre, a water bottle and comfortable athletic shoes to each rehearsal. Rehearsals will be held indoors and outdoors. Participants will march in the Palatine Jaycees Independence Day Parade on July 4.

Rebuilding Year

All good things must occasionally take a small pause to rebuild. The Palatine Area Community Marching Band will not be performing in the Palatine Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2015. This years participant count did not meet the Park District class minimum requirement. While we’ve had smaller groups in the past, we also did not have balanced instrumentation this year.

But don’t fret. We plan to be back next year! And tell your musical friends to consider joining our group. The time commitment is short, and we have a great time.

Register for 2015 Season

Summer is nearly here, which means PACMB practice starts soon!

The Palatine Area Community Marching Band will resume rehearsals on Monday, June 1st. We have new rehearsal days (Monday and Thursday) and a brand new time, 7-8 pm. We know several people were coming from work and found it difficult to make the earlier start time, and we hope this helps!

The parade this year will be held Saturday, July 4th. We’re usually done and headed home by noon…plenty of time to make those BBQs!

Registration is open for Palatine & Rolling Meadows residents through their respective Park Districts. Non-residents can sign up Tuesday, May 26 on the Palatine Park District site! The band will be $35 for residents and $44 for non-residents.

Please let us know if you have any questions! See you soon!

Parade 2014, highlights

Thanks to all who came out to see us at the Palatine parade, and thanks to the band members and directors for another great performance. Also thanks to the Palatine Park District for their facilities & support.

Pictures & video clips will be posted here a bit later. Stay tuned. If you have any to share, comment below.

We are excited to announce our performance earned an award from the parade judges! We won the “Best Representation of Theme” award!

ABC Channel 7 posted a short article about the parade along with a nice picture.

Parades 2013, Highlights

Thanks to all band members for another great year of performances!  Here are some highlights from the Palatine parade.

And here’s a picture of the group in Palatine.


UPDATE! Here’s the lost video from our Rolling Meadows performance!

Two Parades in 2013

This year the band is marching in two parades!  For the first time, the Palatine Area Community Marching Band will be making its debut in the Rolling Meadows parade on July 4th.  The parade starts 11:30 AM and runs from the high school to Kirchoff Rd.

Then on Saturday July 6, we make our annual appearance at the Palatine parade.  The parade starts at 10 AM.  Come watch our precision marching and enjoy our patriotic tunes!

Make Music Chicago!

This year we have a pre-parade performance.  As part of Make Music Chicago we will playing a few songs at the Palatine Metra station this Friday, June 21 around 6:30. Depending on how the evening goes, we may wander over to the car show that evening too.

Coming home on an express train Friday night?  Stop and check us out!

Update:  Article in the Patch too.