This summer there are several opportunities to enjoy — and be a part of — the music scene in Homewood-Flossmoor.
• The H-F Community Band, now in its 51st year, is a joint project of Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School and the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District. The band is comprised of current Homewood-Flossmoor students, plus alumni and community musicians. The band rehearses at H-F High School (999 Kedzie, Flossmoor), then performs in free concerts in Irwin Park (18120 S. Highland, Homewood), under the direction of Sarah Whitlock, H-F teacher and band director. Rehearsals are scheduled for June 25, July 9 and July 16. Concerts are set for 7 p.m. on June 26, July 10 and July 17. Music varies at each show; in the event of inclement weather, the concert is moved indoors to the H-F Park District Auditorium (2010 Chestnut, Homewood).
• Staff Infection & the South Side Horns — a rock band whose members are made up of faculty, staff and alumni from Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School — will be the featured act in Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s Starry Nights concert, set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, in Irwin Park. Staff Infection’s specialty is brass-heavy rock and roll. Concert goers can expect to hear Motown hits and songs from horn-heavy bands and artists, such as Chicago and Stevie Wonder.
The gates open at 6 p.m. for this free show. Games will be available for kids, and food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors, such as Wiley’s Grill, Aurelio’s Pizza, Cilantro’s and Mitchell’s Ice Cream. Staff Infection members include: Jon Elfner (H-F teacher); Brian Dvorkin (H-F staff); Paul Fasse (H-F teacher); Alicia Rodriguez (H-F guidance counselor); Steve Banasiak (H-F teacher); Geof Rinkenberger (H-F alumnus, ’00); Greg Matushek (H-F alumnus, ’07); and Lonnie Small (H-F alumnus, ’07).
This concert is the culmination of a partnership that Staff Infection had throughout the 2013-14 school year with H-F’s Industry of Music, an elective class managed by the English Department. Students in the class learned the business of music, through promoting Staff Infection through social media and by managing a photo shoot and creating promotional materials. Students also created their own record label, Viking Records, by which they recorded and promoted seven student-artists, under the direction of their teacher, Matt Holdren. The recordings are available for downloading via iTunes under “Viking Records Compilation 2014.”