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 Andy Sturgeon

is one of the Directors of Bands at Mundelein High School, where he directs the Honors Symphonic Winds and Concert Band classes as well as the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop.   He also directs the show choir combo called Noise and the co-directs the Marching Mustangs and the MHS Pep Band.  Before coming to Mundelein High School, Mr. Sturgeon taught in Evergreen Park, IL and worked with the Wheeling High School and John Hersey High School band programs in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Mr. Sturgeon was a section leader for the Marching Illini Trombone Section for three seasons and also directed the Orange and Blues Athletic Band from 2005-2007.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  Mr. Sturgeon is an active member of the Northshore Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson and performs regularly in the area.


 Jerald Shelato

is one of the Directors of Bands at Mundelein High School, where he directs the Honors Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band classes as well as the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band. He also directs the pit orchestra for musicals and co-directs the Marching Mustangs and the MHS Pep Band.  Before coming to Mundelein High School, Mr. Shelato taught in the Champaign and Urbana school districts in Illinois. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Shelato was the principal tuba player with the UIUC Wind Symphony and tuba player in the UIUC Jazz Band I, and has performed with numerous bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles and artists, including Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, the Illinois Jazz Orchestra, the Concert Band of Central Illinois, the Danville Symphony Orchestra, and the avant-jazz group Ear Doctor. He is a proud resident of Mundelein, where he lives with his wife and two children. 


 Tanya Christensen

has been the Colorguard and Winterguard instructor at Mundelein High School since 2011.  She is a Special Education Instructional Aide at Mundelein High School and the Colorguard and Winterguard instructor at Marengo Community High School since 2012.  Before coming to Mundelein, Ms. Christensen received a Bachelors degree at Northern Illinois University, majoring in English with teacher certification and a minor in Family and Child Studies.  In addition, she’s received an ESL endorsement from the College of Lake County and an LBS1 endorsement through DePaul University.  Ms. Christensen was most recently awarded as one of the recipients for Teen Ink’s 2014 Educator of the Year.  



 Ryan Jacobi - Percussion Instructor

is the Director of Percussion at Mundelein High School, where he directs the marching percussion sections and percussion ensembles. Before coming to Mundelein High School, Mr. Jacobi served as the Director of Percussion at Prince of Peace Christian School in Carrollton, Texas from 2010-2013.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he studied drumset with Ed Soph and percussion with Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick and Ed Smith. After graduating in 2008 Mr. Jacobi performed throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and toured the country with various rock bands.  Mr. Jacobi lives in Chicago where he plays professionally as a jazz musician. He also teaches at Wheeling High School and Emerson Middle School. 



 
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