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Dan Balash

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival

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Congratulations to the following groups that were selected to the 2013 CICBF at Hersey High School on April 13, 2013.


New this year is the fact that the CICBF is now an affiliate of the Music for All National Festival.  MFA is providing an evaluator from the National Concert Band Festival, and that is Professor James Keene, University of Illinois, Emeritus.


  • John Hersey Concert and Symphonic-Scott Casagrande, director, Mark Hengesh, assistant band director
  • Carl Sandburg-Stewart Bailey, director, Annabelle Sarmiento, director
  • Elk Grove-Ron Fiorito, director
  • Glenbard North-Andrew Burkemper, director
  • Lake Zurich-Joshua Thompson, director, Sheri Conover, director
  • Lockport Township-Brian Covey, director, Andrew Beckwith, director
  • Maine South-Joel Matter, director
  • Mundelein-Adam Gohr, director, Keith Pitner, director
  • Naperville North-Daniel Moore, director, Brian Van Kley, director
  • New Trier-Matt Temple, director, Bruce Daugherty, director
  • O'Fallon Township-Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, director
  • Oswego-Stephanie San Roman, director, Kevin Schoenbach, director
  • Oswego East-Kelly O'Neill, director
  • Prospect-Chris Barnum, director
  • Rolling Meadows-Christopher Buti, director
  • Schaumburg-Kevin Miller, director, Vinnie Inendino, director
  • William Fremd-Matthew Moore, director
  • MacArthur Middle School, Prospect Heights-Mike Malek, director
  • Thomas Middle School, Arlington Heights-Candace Horton, director


Evaluation panels are as follows:

1st Tier-one clinician will give each band a 40 minute clinic following their performance.  Other panel members will provide taped an written comments.

  • Mr. Richard Crain-Supervisor of Music, Spring ISD, TX, retired
  • Dr. Thomas Fraschillo-University of Southern Mississippi, Emertius
  • Dr. Peter Griffin-Elmhurst College, Music Department Chair
  • Professor James Keene-University of Illinois, Emeritus
  • Professor Gary Smith-University of Illinois, Emeritus
  • Mr. Alfred Watkins-Lassiter High School, Georgia


2nd Tier:-All clinicians will work together with each band simultaneously in a 40-minute performance and clinic block.  Panel members will also provide taped and written comments.

  • Mr. Tom Beckwith-Warren Township High School, retired
  • Professor John Casagrande-George Mason University, Emeritus
  • Mr. Don Shupe-Libertyville High School, retired

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