Christopher Tedeschi has been a music educator since 1986, and has serving as the Director of Instrumental Music for Crete-Monee School District 201U since 2003. The CMHS band program offers many opportunities for students to perform various styles of music in a variety of settings. Band students participate in concert band, marching band, pep band, jazz band, jazz combo, show choir combo, as well as having opportunities to perform solos and participate in small ensembles. The students experience music from many time periods including the latest music when possible. Students that take advantage of the band program opportunities are well prepared to continue using their talents beyond high school. The values learned in music education are lifelong lessons and are related to almost everything we do in life. Music is a discipline that makes us human, teaching us reasoning, creativity, and self-discipline skills.
Mr. Tedeschi has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College. Mr. Tedeschi has also studied conducting with Lieutenant Colonel Frank Dubuy of WestPoint, Mallory Thompson, John Paynter and Gerald Loren Welker. He studied trombone with Audrey Morrison and bass trombone with John Blane and Charles Stokes.
At the age of 16 he played his first professional gig as trombonist in the pit orchestra for the musical show “No, No, Nanette.” Other performance credits include the Jolly Corks Big Band, Grand Avenue Big Band, Bloomington-Normal Orchestra, First Presbyterian Church Orchestra of Springfield, IL, Enchanted Hills Play House, IN., Lyric Opera of Chicago, Highland Community Concert Band, Pekin Community Concert Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Bunky Green, Rich Matteson, Phil Wilson, Dale Clevenger, and Phyllis Diller. Presently, Mr. Tedeschi is the trombonist for the Oak Lawn Theater, Oak Lawn, IL. Christopher Tedeschi has composed and produced works of art in every art form and has worked with artists Meredith Monk and Miroslaw Rogala.
Christopher Tedeschi is a member of NAfME/IMEA and NEA. Mr. Tedeschi has served as adjudicator and clinician for IGSMA, IHSA, and IMEA. He has been published through Advance Learning Press in the Write to Know Series, Nonfiction Writing Prompts for Music of secondary education.
Mr. Tedeschi’s favorite quote comes from the movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, “Let’s be independent together.” We can be ourselves, but we must work together to be successful.