The McKinney Dance Band will take the stage Friday, Nov. 6, at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in downtown McKinney to perform a free concert honoring Veterans. The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will also feature a few pieces by the McKinney Flute Choir.

This is the first free-standing public concert for the 18-piece dance band which usually performs by private contract at parties, retirement communities and arts festivals.

“This concert provides us the perfect opportunity to celebrate Veterans Day a little early, to thank our veterans for their service to our country. And what better place than in this wonderful historic venue,” said saxophonist and dance band director Chris Heider.

According to Heider, the McKinney Dance Band plays authentic arrangements of the best known big band songs from the 1940s through today.

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“We perform some of the same arrangements that have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Glenn Miller,” Heider said. “The fact that Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 this December made a salute to him as well as our veterans a fun theme for this concert program.”

Among the band’s members are two singers, Keith Austin and Trenda Atkins, who bring an additional energy to the group’s performances.

Also on the program are a few numbers featuring the McKinney Flute Choir, a small ensemble from within the McKinney Community Band that usually, like the dance band, performs on a private contract basis.

“Chris [Heider] put together some nice arrangements to allow the flute choir to perform with the dance band. It’s really a fun change for us, something I think the audience will really enjoy,” said Marsha Hope, McKinney Community Band president and head of the McKinney Flute Choir.

Both the dance band and flute choir are satellite ensembles of the all-volunteer McKinney Community Band which performs several public concerts each year. Concerts by the McKinney Community Band and its satellite groups are free and open to the public, thanks in part to funding from the City of McKinney via a McKinney Arts Commission grant.

For more information on all of these performing groups, visit the MCB website,