cba-holiday-expressTim McLoone leads the Holiday Express musicians in a December 15 appearance at Christian Brothers Academy, where the big band entertained a group of special needs young people.

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy 

On Thursday, December 15, the McKay Gym at Christian Brothers Academy was once again transformed into a rocking holiday event hall, as part of Tim McLoone’s Holiday Express Christmas Party.

“This is the best day of the year,” said Tim Sewnig, Director of CBA’s Campus Ministry, of the event held each year to help young adults with special needs get in the Christmas spirit. The Academy hosts several holiday season fundraisers each year — a winter coat drive, collection for children with pediatric cancer, and Thanksgiving food drive to name a few — but this event has a special place amongst them.

“This is my first year working the event,” said Arthur Adriano, Class of ’17. “We’re responsible for feeding the guests and getting them onto the dance floor.”

With over 300 attendees and a whole lot of holiday cheer, the event was a resounding success that seems to grow with each year.

The concert represents just one of the 90 organizations in the tri-state area that Holiday Express will visit in its 2016 itinerary. The band also returns to the Count Basie Theatre tonight and tomorrow night, in its annual two-night fundraiser stand presented to the general public (redbankgreen has the details right here).