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posted Aug 26, 2015, 8:49 AM by Jason Kluge   [ updated Jul 24, 2017, 10:13 AM ]

It is my sincere pleasure to be starting my 20th year as the band director at Westchester Middle School!  I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of service to the students and families of this community; a community that without question places great value on education in music and the arts!

I am proud to say that my professional career began in Westchester after having received a Bachelor's degree in music education from DePaul University, Chicago.  While teaching in Westchester, I completed further studies at DePaul and earned a Master's degree in music education.  Although I consider my formal education to be complete, I continue to develop my teaching skills and understanding of new pedagogy by attending clinics, workshops, and conferences held by the Illinois Music Educator's Association.

On the personal side, I am originally from Lyons, Illinois, and attended Morton West High School in Berwyn, Illinois.  I am the very proud father of six year old twin girls, Jane and Leah.  My daughters have just begun giving me the opportunity to see what music lessons are like from the parent's perspective, as they have started to take piano lessons.  When I am not being a dad or teacher, you can most likely find me working in my yard, browsing through a used record store, or on the water trying to reel in the allusive walleye!  Also......GO CUBBIES!!!