6316 Preparing Your Concert & Jazz Bands for Festivals

The devil is in the details when it comes to fine-tuning an ensemble for concerts, contests and festivals. This class addresses the most effective ways to prepare for and lead rehearsals that will culminate in musically refined performances. Topics include selecting quality literature; programing; improvisation; developing aural acuity and setting priorities; characteristics of an effective and efficient rehearsal process; guiding principles for ensemble performance; and developing student buy-in.  


Brian Logan & Charles "Chip" Staley


12741922_970304306378435_1685450137588579549_nBrian Logan received a Bachelor of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and a Master of Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.  He is a member of IMEA, NAfME, NBA, JEN, and is also an active adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and percussionist. Logan has been Director of Bands at Wheeling High School since 1990.  His responsibilities include directing the Wind Symphony, Jazz Band I, Jazz Combo, and Marching Band. Logan is also the Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator at Wheeling High School. Ensembles under Logan’s direction have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic five times. The Wheeling High School Wind Symphony has performed at the University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival fourteen times.  Wind Symphony will make their fourth appearance at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in March 2016. Logan’s groups have been winners in Down Beat Magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards twelve times and earned Grand Champion at the prestigious Jazz in the Meadows and Northshore Jazz Festivals multiple times.  The Wheeling Jazz Band performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy) and the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) in 2009 and 2014.  In April 2010, the Jazz Band opened for Wynton Marsalis at the National School Board Association Conference, performing for over 7,000 attendees. The Wheeling Jazz Band has been selected as the Mark of Excellence National Winner four times in recent years, including 2015.  The Wheeling “Wildcat” Marching Band has earned numerous Grand Champion, First Place, and Caption Awards over the past two decades including four titles in 2015. Logan has presided over the Chicagoland Marching Band Festival, Illinois oldest Marching Band Field Show Competition, for 25 years. Logan’s work has been recognized by the United States Congress, Illinois State Senate, Quinlan and Fabish Music, Township High School District 214, East Maine School District 63, and Wheeling High School.  The National Band Association has awarded Logan fourteen “Citation of Excellence” awards.  He also received a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Logan was selected as the SBO Magazine State Representative in their “50 Directors That Make a Difference” issue, and received the Mr. Holland’s Opus Award from Bob Rogers Travel. Logan is also the recipient of the VanderCook College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award and a contributing author in the upcoming GIA Publication, Jazz for Beginning Ensembles.


Staley,_Charles_headshot_2013Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower H. S. in Blue Island, Illinois. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as the Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theater Orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY®Foundation seven times with GRAMMY®Gold status, and was twice recognized as the GRAMMY®National Signature School.

Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’s Krannert Hall and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois.


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Course Information

6316 Preparing Your Concert & Jazz Bands for Festivals

Instructors: Brian Logan & Charles "Chip" Staley

Date: November 5-6
1 graduate credit
Location: Q120(VanderCook College of Music 3125 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616)

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Tuition: $330
Tuition balance is due in full at registration.

Saturday:8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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