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Directors

Mundelein Band Staff 2019


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Andy Sturgeon, Band Director

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, Band Director

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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Ron Roth, Marching Band Instructor 

Ron Roth is the Assistant Marching Band Instructor at Mundelein High School. Prior to Mundelein, Mr. Roth was the Director of Bands and Choral Director at Woodville-Tompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia. He holds a degree in Music Education from Elmhurst College where he studied classical trumpet with Kari Lee and Matt Lee and jazz with Kirk Garrison. Throughout college, Ron toured Europe with the Elmhurst College Jazz Band where he attended the Montreux, Umbria, North Sea, and Bohemia Jazz Festivals and played with jazz greats including, Doc Severinsen, Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby Shew, and Randy Brecker. Mr. Roth now is teaching and performing in the Chicagoland area.

 

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown, Marching Percussion Instructor


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Ryan Jacobi, Percussion Instructor

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.


Savannah Plank

Savannah Plank, Color Guard Instructor