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MHS Band Staff


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Andy Sturgeon

Andy Sturgeon is one of the Directors of Bands at Mundelein High School, where he directs the Honors Symphonic Winds, Freshmen Concert Band, and the Honors Jazz Ensemble.  He also directs the show choir combo and co-directs the Marching Mustangs and the MHS Pep Band.  Before coming to Mundelein High School, Mr. Sturgeon taught band 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 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  Mr. Sturgeon is an active trombone player and played with the Northshore Concert Band for nine years.

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Jerald Shelato

Jerald 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.

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Amanda Parola

Amanda Parola returns to MHS in a role that she held previously at Mundelein High School from 1999-2005. Amanda started the Winter Guard Program at MHS in the winter of 1999.  Before coaching at MHS Amanda filled the same role at PBL High School from 1995-1999. Amanda works in the Accounts Payable Department at MHS and began working as an Administrative Support employee for the District in 2006.  Amanda is married to Troy Parola, the current MHS Athletic Director, and has 3 daughters Ashley, Taylor, and Madison.

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Ryan Jacobi

Ryan 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.