Jeff Waggoner retired in 2011 from Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, in the western suburbs of Chicago. During the 26 years he worked at Hinsdale Central he served as Director of Bands, Director of Jazz Studies, Music Department Chair, and Instructional Technology Coordinator. He had been teaching since 1977 and has taught grade school band, middle school band, high school band, and college band and color guard. He holds degrees from the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, with additional course work taken at Illinois State University, DePaul University, the VanderCook College of Music, and the Keller Graduate School of Management. He also completed a Graduate Certificate in E-Commerce from Keller Graduate School of Management. He is currently completing Level Two of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy judge training.
Jeff was Illinois State Unit President of IAJE when the state unit won the Outstanding State Unit Award, and he won the Outstanding IAJE State Newsletter Award twice, in both Ohio and Illinois. He also served as the Co-chair of the Special Publications Committee for IAJE. He’s sorry IAJE is no longer in existence but urges you to support the Jazz Education Network.
During his years teaching at Hinsdale Central, he commissioned over a dozen works for jazz ensemble and several for concert band. He had a strong commitment to putting composers together with student ensembles, and his bands worked with such great educator/composers as Stephen Melillo, Jeff Jarvis, Steve Wiest, Denis DiBlasio, and the late Frank Mantooth.
Jeff is a proud member of the Central States Judges Association and now judges marching bands most weekends in the fall. He has judged bands and drum corps in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and Indiana. He also judged drum corps in Canada a few years back when he was judging for Drum Corps Midwest and DCI.
In addition to composing, arranging, and judging marching bands, Jeff has been involved in web design for many years and recently starting working with database creation in FileMaker Pro.
Jeff and his wife Debbie have two great kids. Brian is a former trumpet player who graduated from Bowling Green State University and works in computer game development for Gazillion Entertainment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Melissa, who plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet and studied at Western Illinois University, is the owner of Schlesinger Designs, a color guard instruction and design company. She is also the color guard instructor for William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters, and Grampa thoroughly spoils them!
Last updated October, 2016.