Band Together Music Fest to Benefit B220 Educational Foundation

Feb. 23 event will feature at least six local bands.

A night of live music is planned to give the community the opportunity to enjoy a full evening of entertainment while supporting an important local organization, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation.

The Band Together Music Fest has at least six local bands slated to perform at the Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar located at 128 Wool Street in Barrington, Illinois.  In addition to the live music, food and drinks will be available for sale and a silent auction will be offered.

Jenny Welsh, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Co-Chair for the event, said local bands from Consolidated Music, The Road Not Taken, White Shadow, Pat McKillen and headliner Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, all have ties to the Barrington 220 School District. 

“Some band members are still students while others are alumni, so this will be an evening of showcasing the musical talent from our school district” Welsh said.

The music begins at 5 p.m. with the Consolidated Music Bands.  From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., the all ages show is $10 per person and $30 per family.  Admission goes up to $25 per person after 7 p.m. and only those ages 21 and over will be admitted after 8 p.m.  Food and drinks are not included with the ticket price but the Wool Street full menu will be available.


Tickets for the event will be available on-line at www.220foundation.org.


Proceeds from the concert go to support the foundation’s activities including major programs like Project Lead the Way and Helping Hands and PIE Grants.

Welsh said the bands will perform a variety of musical styles.

There will be two bands performing from the Rockstar 101 program at Consolidated Music of Barrington.  Mario Licciardi, who teaches many of our District’s aspiring musicians, runs this program.  Specific bands will be announced prior to the event.

Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., two popular high school bands will perform.

The Road Not Taken, composed of four Barrington High School students, considers itself an alternative power-pop/rock band.  They play several different genres and include some original songs in their set.

The Road Not Taken includes four core members:  J.T. Snyder on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jacob West on lead guitar and background vocals, Ben Kudla on bass guitar, and Tommy Derken on drums. 

The band formed four years ago with Kudla joining in 2012.  Snyder tried out for the X-Factor and is the current winner of the Barrington High School Idol competition. 

White Shadow will also perform.  All of White Shadow's members (Andrew Cielak, Daniel Cielak & Ryan Woodlock) are current students at Barrington High School. This multidimensional trio brings a classic rock roots salute into a modern sound for their generation.

White Shadow band has performed at dozens of shows, including appearances with national touring acts and a West Coast tour in Hollywood with shows at the world famous Whisky a Go-Go and the Roxy Theatre on the sunset strip.

Taking the stage around 7:30 p.m. is Barrington High School alum, Pat McKillen.  He started out as a lead singer in a metal band in middle school.  McKillen picked up the acoustic guitar in 9th grade and began writing songs that he and his band mates would play throughout high school. In college at Notre Dame, he discovered a knack for songwriting and a fusion of sounds that fit his unique and powerful voice. He had the opportunity to open for acts such as Lifehouse, Eric Hutchinson, Matisyahu, Tyler Hilton, and Smashmouth.

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2010, McKillen began recording in a closet in his basement. His second album titled "The Red Headed Enemy” is due out this spring. 

Headlining the event is a well-established, professional cover band with two alumni from the Barrington 220 School District.  Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press have been together since 2008.  Their unique song repertoire includes hits ranging from The Beatles to Madonna, Queen to Miley Cyrus, and Wilson Phillips to Dave Matthews Band.

Members are Rod Tuffcurls (Barrington High School alumn Tom Hoban) on lead guitar, Candy Bones (Kevin Keleher, also a BHS alumni) on lead vocals, C.C. Ryder (Ian Westerfer) on bass, and Dick Celebrity (Gil Alexander) on drums. 

Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard will be a special guest sharing his musical artistry on the piano.  Some additional surprise guests are also planned for the evening.

Welsh added, “We hope the community will come out to enjoy this fun, music filled evening while supporting our organization and the work we do to enhance the learning opportunities in District 220.”

Barrington 220 Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization.  They “find the funds” for initiatives that enhance learning but are not otherwise supported by tax revenues. For more information, go to www.220foundation.org.

This press release was submitted by Barrington 220 Educational Foundation.


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