Libertyville High School is located in Libertyville, IL, a community 35 miles north of Chicago. The music program started with the founding of the school in 1917. The Libertyville band program has several curricular and co-curricular ensembles that allow students to showcase their talent, dedication, and hard work. There are four curricular concert bands, and the co-curricular ensembles include the Marching Wildcats, Jazz Ensembles I and II, Pit Orchestra, and Basketball Pep Band. The band program is a part of the larger music and fine arts department at Libertyville High School, which offers a diverse array of music courses. These include four choirs, three orchestras, AP Music Theory, Electronic Music, and Guitar I and II, enrolling approximately 450 students.
Adam Gohr is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.M.E.) and Penn State University (M.M.E.). He is his twentieth year of teaching, his fifth at Libertyville, and enjoys spending time with his musical family, wife Kendra, and kids Owen, 11, and Annabelle, 9.
Matt Karnstedt graduated Cum Laude from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Jazz Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Matt is an alumnus of LHS and is proud to be teaching at his alma mater.
Austin High School is the flagship campus and one of sixteen high school in the Austin
Independent School District. The band program is comprised of approximately 200
students from Southwest and Central Austin. Course offerings include: four concert
bands, marching band, two jazz ensembles, percussion class and color guard.
Austin High School was established in 1881, becoming the first publicly funded high
school west of the Mississippi River. It's band program began in 1914 with $125.00 to
purchase instruments. Austin High School is in its seventh campus in 136 years.
The Austin High Bands have traveled across the United States and beyond, competing in
a variety of music festivals where they routinely receive superior ratings and best in class
designations. Recent festival locations include San Francisco, New York City, Orlando,
Chicago, Washington DC, New Orleans, Dallas, the Bahamas, and London, England in
We are the wind and percussion instrumentalists from the Hartford Union High School
music department. Our band program has two large concert ensembles. We have a
Concert Band and and auditioned Symphonic Band. These two groups perform standard
wind band literature and are pushed to very high levels of performance. Our bands are
proud to perform for our community as a whole as well as in chamber ensembles for a
wide variety of events. Members of the Symphonic Band regularly augment our string
orchestras to perform as a Symphonic Orchestra and study full orchestral repertoire. We
are proud of our student musicians both as soloists and ensemble members. Together we
create an instrumental family.
Mr. Andrew Hacker is the Director of Instrumental Music at Hartford Union High School
and has held the position since 2015. He leads all aspects of the band and orchestra
programs which include directing the Chamber Ensembles, Bands, Jazz Ensemble,
Marching Band, Orchestras, and also teaches general music courses in piano and world
music. Mr. Hacker is a low brass performer and began playing the tuba at the age of
eleven. In addition to his daily duties, Mr. Hacker serves on the executive board of the
Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin and is an Assistant Conductor with the Milwaukee
Youth Symphony Orchestra - Wind Ensemble.