Alex Kaminsky






Click here to watch the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony, conducted by Alex Kaminsky, perform "High Wire" by John Mackey at the 2018 Midwest Clinic.

VanderCook College of Music is delighted to announce Alex Kaminsky as the new Director of Bands for their music education program. Kaminsky will also instruct various courses as a faculty member. He joins VanderCook from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he led the Wind Symphony to recent Carnegie Hall and Midwest Clinic appearances as well as winning the State 5A Marching Band Championship for the last two consecutive years. VanderCook is confident that Kaminsky will bring a wealth of expertise and talent to both roles due to his history of musical and educational excellence.
Mr. Kaminsky will be entering VanderCook at a time of developmental renaissance, with the school in the midst of an ambitious capital campaign. His entry is, in fact, a part of that renaissance.
“Alex Kaminsky brings the perfect attitude to VanderCook,” says Dr. Roseanne Rosenthal, VanderCook's President. “He is committed to helping our students become great teachers while becoming great performers. He believes that relationships and experience come first. I'm thrilled that he will share his commitment to music, teaching and humanity with the VanderCook community, and all who believe in music in Illinois and beyond."
His skill in band directing can be witnessed through his accomplishments. Under his baton, his bands have been invited to distinguished events of both state and national levels, including four Midwest Clinic appearances, the American Bandmasters Association National Convention, CBDNA/NBA Conferences, FMEA State Conference, and the National Concert Band Festival.
Kaminsky himself has been recognized for his directing, having received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence numerous times and the top rating of Superior from all judges at the State Concert Band Assessment for an unprecedented 21 years. His teaching abilities have been similarly recognized by achievement awards such as the 2019 FMEA Secondary Music Educator of the Year Award, the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher, and membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, where he serves on the ABA Sousa/Ostwald Committee and the ABA School Bands Task Force.
To view Professor Kaminsky's full bio, please click here.
“I am honored to have been selected as Director of Bands to continue the tradition and legacy for which VanderCook is known,” Kaminsky said. “I am firmly committed to sharing the knowledge and techniques I have learned over my 30-year career with future music educators while continuing to raise the standard of excellence of the VanderCook Band.”



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