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Band Director Workshop Clinician Biographies


Tom Tedeschi  

     Mr. Tom Tedeschi, Director of Bands, received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from DePaul University in 1990. He holds a Master's degree in Instrumental Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and a Master's of Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Tedeschi began his career in District 66 in 1991 teaching General Music, Symphonic Band, Choir, and Jazz Ensemble at Lakeview Jr.High. He became the Director of Bands in District 66 in 2000. Mr. Tedeschi currently conducts the 5th grade Cadet Band at Prairieview Elementary School, the Lakeview Jr. High School 6th Grade Concert Band, Wind Ensemble (7th/8th), and co-directs the Marching Band. As a performer, Mr. Tedeschi was the lead male vocalist and trumpeter for 23 years with his band “After Hours”.

    Under his direction, his ensembles have received Superior ratings at both local and national music festivals. Lakeview Jr. High School Wind Ensemble has performed at the Midwest Clinicas a rehearsal ensemble. The Wind Ensemble was selected first in their class at the ISU Middle Level Concert Band Contest from 2012 -2014. They were selected as a feature performer at the 2010 ILMEA All State Conference and were also selected as one of the finalists at the 2014 University of Illinois Superstate Band Festival.

     Mr. Tedeschi has served as the District 1 IMEA Jr. Division Band Co-Chair and Chairperson, IMEA music selection committee member, and District 1 Festival Co-Chairperson. He is the festival chairperson for the Southeast DuPage Festival of Bands. He is active as an adjudicator and clinician in the Chicagoland area. He was recognized by his peers for the Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2011 sponsored by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company. Mr. Tedeschi is a member of MENC, NAfME, and ILMEA. He was awarded a Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association for Outstanding Achievement. Mr. Tedeschi lives in Woodridge,Illinois with his wife Carol and two sons Danny and Sam.

Tom Tedeschi


Brian Weidner




     Brian N. Weidner is a PhD student in Music Education at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He holds bachelor degrees in M usic  Education and English Education from Illinois State University and masters degrees in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.  Prior to his studies at Northwestern, he taught for 12 years at McHenry Hig School (IL), serving as its Fine Arts Coordinator, Director of Bands, and Music Theory Instructor, and is a National Board certified teacher. He has presented at the College Music Society National Conference, Symposium for Music Teacher Education, MENC National Conference, and the Illinois Music Educators Conference, has been published in the Illinois Music Educator, and was a contributing author in The Music and Literacy Connection.  His academic interests include investigating the relationships between music and literacy and the development of independent musicianship in secondary level musicians.

David Snyder



    David W. Snyder is currently Professor of Music Education at Illinois State University where he teaches the instrumental methods courses and heads the graduate music education program. He also has been a member of the Peoria Symphony horn section since 1995.  Dr. Snyder taught band in the Texas public school system for seven years before completing his Master of Music in horn performance at Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Music Education from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Snyder has been published in most of the major music education journals and has presented at both state and national music education conferences.

David Snyder

Joe Manfredo




     Joseph  Manfredo is an Associate Professor of Music for the School of Music at Illinois State  University. At ISU, Manfredo is the Coordinator of Music Education and teaches undergraduate  courses in instrumental music education. In addition, he is coordinator of the student teaching  program.

     Originally from the Chicago area, Manfredo received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education  from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Earl Boyd and piano with Dr. Catherine Smith. His graduate studies included a Master of Arts Degree in Instrumental  Conducting from EIU and a Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Illinois. During his doctoral residency, Manfredo was awarded the band conducting internship to study  with the legendary Dr. Harry Begian. In addition, he also studied with Gary Smith and James  Curnow.

     Professor Manfredo is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He  has conducted various All-State Bands and Honor Bands throughout the United States and  Canada. His collegiate bands have been selected to perform at national, regional, and state  conferences. Since August 2011, he has been conductor of the Festival Band for the Leonard  Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

     Manfredo has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra  Clinic, national conferences for the National Association for Music Educators, College Band  Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Instrumental Music Teacher  Educators Biennual Colloquium, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has made presentations at  state music conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, and internationally in China, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, and Brazil.

     Manfredo has published journal articles in the Groves Dictionary of Music, Bulletin of the  Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist, Illinois Music Educators Journal, and  the Alta Musica series. In addition, he was asked to write The Conductor’s Manual for the  Essentials of Musicianship series published by Hal Leonard. He also serves as the chief editor of  the MitteilungsBlatt, one of the publications for IGEB, the International Society for the  Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music; and he is on the editorial board for the World  Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).

     Dr. Manfredo is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Midwest Clinic. He was the  recipient of the 2015 Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by the Illinois Music  Education Association. Also, he was the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Bandmaster Award  by the XI Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity).


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