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2013 Director Changes

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As the 2012-2013 school year comes to a close, there are a number of job openings for the 2013-2014 school year.  We'll list them here, and post who fills what as it is posted.


Here we go.


Illinois State-Dr. Stephen Steele is out, Dr. Daniel Belongia has been named Interim Director of Bands, Philip Obado comes from Michigan State to become Associate Director of Bands/Marching Band Director, and Dr. Ben Stiers is promoted from Percussion Director to Associate Director of Bands.



Effingham-Peter Manzi will be the new director.  He comes from Central A&M.  Brad Wallace will be attending the University of Illinois to receive his Masters and Doctorate degrees.

Shelbyville-Open.  No word on who was hired.

ROWVA-Donald Fisher has been hired as the new director.

Evanston-Dr. David Fodor has retired.  Matthew Bufis has been promoted to co-director of bands, and Michael Lehman comes from Edison Middle School in Champaign as co-director of bands.

Fairfield Community-Open.  No word on who was hired.

Carlyle-Open.  No word on who was hired.

Mendon Unity-James Campbell has been hired as the new director.


Any others?  Let us know!



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Jamie Zettler has been hired at Carlyle.


Shelbyville has been reposted as a part-time position. 


Jerry Shelato and Andy Sturgeon have been appointed as directors at Mundelein.  Adam Gohr left Mundelein to become Director of Bands at Libertyville, and I'm not sure where Keith Pitner is going.

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Fairfield Community: Amber South has been hired as the new band director.


Rockridge: Jessica Zabransky has been hired.  She is entering her eighth year of teaching music at the high school level. This is her first year teaching at Rockridge. She studied at Augustana College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education.  She then attended VanderCook College of Music in Chicago Illinois, where she earned her Masters in Music Education in 2012. 

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Guest Brucknerfanatic8


That's a new one. Also a very depressing one too. I thought this field had a little bit more class. Makes you wonder what job path is no a days since someone always gives it flack.

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