YORKVILLE BIG BAND.....consists of: Carol Falato, our Mrs. of Ceremony....21 players including two excellent vocalists..... Carolyn Geraci and Dean Potter.
Band Director Rick Falato has earned a Bacholor's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College and a Master's Degree in Musci Ed. from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Rick's 1st teaching band position was band director for Coal City High School...Illinois. Rick played trumpet in the US Army Headquarter's Band in Atlanta Georgia for two years from 1958 to 1960 After the army gig, he taught instrumental music in the Illinois public school system for 38 years. Rick's main school was Dempster Jr. High School in Mt. Prospect, IL. He retired from School District 59 in 1993. Rick moved to Yorkville, IL. in 1993 and started the 21 piece Yorkville Big Band. The Yorkville Big Band plays for many summer outdoor concerts and has performed twice on the stage of the Aurora Paramont Theatre.
2018 is our 25th season of big band dancing in the Yorkville area. Our dances are held at the Yorkville American Legion,
9054 E. Veterans Pkwy. (Rte. 34) Yorkville Il. every 3rd Sunday, from Sept. to May.....Open to the public...all are invited. Rick & Carol Falato will retire at our May 20th 2018 Yorkville American Legion Dance. Rick Falato......Yorkville Big Band Director & Founder (1993) Retiring after 25 years.
Band Director & Founder (1993) Rick Falato
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 Carol & Rick Falato were asked to appear at the Yorkville City Council meeting. At that time, Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski presented to Carol & Rick a "Certificate of Recognition" for 25 years for being involved in the community and entertaining people for 25 years with big band music.
The Yorkville Big Band can also be heard frequently on John “Radio” Russell’s “Midwest Ballroom” FM Radio Show. The show is on 90.9 FM radio every Saturday night between 5 and 7:00 pm. The big band radio show is also on the internet, out of the College of DuPage, WDCB, and heard worldwide.
For 24+ years, this 21-piece big band has been entertaining large enthusiastic audiences. The have a monthly dance on the 3rd Sunday of each month from September to May. The dances are held at ..Yorkville American Legion Post 489 Hall.
9054 E. Veterans Pkwy (Rte. 34) 630-553-7117
Band Director & Founder, Rick Falato 630-465-8543
A “labor of love” best describes the band. Their music covers a large area, sounds of the 40’s and 50’s, with new modern arrangements of the famous big bands such as: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Ray Anthony, Billy May, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other great bands that played in the era. The Yorkville Big Band also performs new big band arrangements of today’s more popular songs. The music arrangements are not watered down and performed by a 8 to 12 piece , so called big band, but the arrangements are played by a full 21 piece big band. The instrumentation of the Yorkville Big Band is: 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, bass, drums, guitar, 2 vocalists, Mrs. of Ceremony, Carol Falato, and band director and founder 1993, Rick Falato.
Our Next Gig........
Sun. May 20, 2018
No Dances during summer Months.
See the "Gig Dates" page for upcoming performances