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Jerry Shelato, Band Director
Jerry Shelato is one of the Directors of Bands at Mundelein High School, where he teaches the Honors Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band classes as well as the Jazz Orchestra and Beginning and Intermediate Guitar classes. 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. He 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, the North Suburban Wind Ensemble, and the avant-jazz group Ear Doctor. He is a proud resident of Mundelein, where he lives with his wife and family.
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.
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.