Helping those in need
The Christmas Groove is an annual benefit concert that seeks to raise awareness and benefit those in need in Northeast Ohio.
In 2004, a group of friends and a few musicians assembled for a common purpose: to create a family-friendly concert that would entertain and bless others during the Christmas season.
As popularity and support grew, the Christmas Groove team broadened the scope of the concert with the goal of supporting local charities. This effort resonated with the community, and what was once a single concert with a few musicians, is now a 5-show extravaganza that has become part of many families’ annual Christmas traditions.
If you’re just learning about the Groove for the first time, welcome. If you’ve supported us through the years, thank you. We are grateful for all our supporters, new and old.
- No tickets necessary
- Seating is on a first come, first served basis
- Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show
All shows are at Grace C&MA Church.
Grace is located at 7393 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Without the generosity of our sponsors, the Christmas Groove would not be possible.
Robb Colbrunn, President
Robb is one of the founding members of the Christmas Groove and he spends most of the show behind the drum set. When he wakes up each morning, he travels to the Cleveland Clinic to work in his robotics lab as a biomedical research engineer.
Joni Colbrunn, Vice-President/secretary
Joni is married to Robb and has also been a part of every Christmas Groove. As the Groove percussionist, Joni stays very busy playing multiple instruments in the shows. No doubt this is a carry-over from her day jobs of raising five kids and doing photography as a side gig.
ERIC VANHORN, TREASURER
Eric VanHorn starting serving with the Christmas Groove at its inception in 2004. Besides playing bass and holding down the low end, he is responsible for managing the finances of the Christmas Groove as Treasurer.
“I have a heart for providing an excellent Christmas show to the families of our community, as a gift, at no cost for those who can’t afford much during the Christmas season. Being able to benefit some of those same families socially and economically through other NE Ohio non-profit organizations is a blessing beyond words.”
Eric’s employment with PNC Bank as Vice President and Banking Center Manager equips him well in serving the Christmas Groove as their Treasurer.
BLAISE ROSSER, Board Member
By day Blaise is a realtor who handles both residential and commercial real estate in Northeast Ohio. Blaise has absolutely no musical talent, but the Christmas Groove has become a part of his family’s tradition and he believes in its vision and purpose.
Jim Garber, Board MEMBER
Some people know Jim as the Groove keyboard player who won't stop smiling. His day gig is the Associate Pastor of Worship & Pastoral Care at Hope Church.
SARAH BIANCHI, BOARD MEMBEr
Sarah is a graphic designer and has experience working with non-profit organizations in administration, event planning, project management, design solutions, and branding. In addition, Groove guitar player, Brian, has the privilege of being married to her.
BILL WILLS, Board Member
Bill’s mornings start really early with his job as the host of the WTAM 1100 morning show, but a little sleep deprivation never stops him. Since 2012, Bill has been actively engaged with the Groove and its mission.