The Pete Ellman Big Band NFP​, under the direction of trumpeter Pete Ellman, is celebrating 10 years as a performing group this year. Pete Ellman has played professionally since 1980 and has performed with nationally known artists such as Wayne Newton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, and more. ​Members of the PEBB ​are all local musicians that have ​also played with ​many well-known artists including Barry Manilow, Harry Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, and Count Basie. ​

One of these local PEBB musicians is also a Bolingbrook resident and the jazz band director at Bolingbrook High School. Pete and his family live in Naperville, run the Ellman's Music Center near downtown Naperville, and are committed to ​supporting local initiatives and area schools. They have hosted numerous fundraisers for local non-profits ​and have hosted hundreds of student groups ​in order to provide a musical experience for thousands of young musicians. To Pete, it is all about giving back to the community to give kids an opportunity to participate in the arts.