Kevin Schoenbach, Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Schoenbach is Associate Director Bands at OHS. He co-directs the five levels of curricular concert band, the three levels of jazz ensemble, and the Panther Marching Band. He earned his Master’s of Music Education degree from VanderCook School of Music in 2010, and his Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance at Northern Illinois University in 2000. While at NIU, he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Marching Band, JazzVox, Jazz Combo, Trombone Ensemble, and the much heralded NIU Jazz Ensemble, with which he played with Wynton Marsalis, Slide Hampton, and Jimmy Heath amongst other jazz luminaries. Other collegiate performing highlights include winning the Denver Harmony Sweepstakes and singing the national anthem at several Bears games with his vocal quintet, Octane.
After NIU, Mr. Schoenbach spent two years in Lockport as the Taft Grade School Director of Music, handling band, choir, and general music classes. From there it was on to Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, where he spent six years as the Director of Bands in a 5-12 program, taking his high school group to Disneyworld twice and to San Antonio/Austin.
While at Oswego High School, his ensembles have consistently been awarded Superior ratings at contests and festivals throughout the U.S. This includes the OHS Jazz Ensemble playing at the 2013 ILMEA All State Festival, and conducting at Superstate and the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, as well as performances in New Orleans, Memphis, Williamsburg, Washington D.C., Cedar Point, and Orlando, where the OHS Jazz Ensemble was named the Outstanding Ensemble of the 2012 Orlandofest.
Mr. Schoenbach teaches private low brass and jazz lessons and has a very active performing life outside of school. He currently plays lead trombone in the Vern Spevak Big Band. He is a Contributing Editor and writes for the Instrumentalist Magazine, concentrating on jazz pedagogy. In 2015, he was named "Outstanding Music Educator" by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company.
Mr. Schoenbach is married to his wife Kristin, a psychologist for the Cook County court system. He has an American bulldog named Tex, and is a loyal Cubs season ticket holder.