Jackson Area Bands

Jackson Middle School

301 W. Jackson St.

Villa Park IL 60181

Director: Joe Koppel

Jackson Area Bands service the students of Jackson Middle School and the 3 Elementary 'feeder' schools: Ardmore, Westmore, and York Center in the community of Villa Park, IL. Instruction begins in the 4th grade (Jackson Area Preparatory Band) where the following instruments are offered: flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, and percussion. In students's second year they participate in the Jackson Area Intermediate Band. Each of these groups meet one day per week after school for full rehearsal at Jackson. Elementary band students also receive one group lesson per week at their elementary school.

The Jackson Concert Band is mostly 6th grade students who rehearse before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Jackson Symphonic Band is the most advanced group in the program rehearsing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before school. Each of these students also receive one group lesson per week during the school day.

The Jackson Jazz Lab is an after school music ensemble for the study and performance of jazz music. Students receive instruction in jazz styling, guided listening experiences from great Jazz Artists, and an introduction to improvisation.

About the Director:

Mr. Koppel grew up in Pittsburgh PA and is a 1993 graduate of University of Dayton. At UD Mr. Koppel served as Fraternal Education Officer and President of the University Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Mens Music Fraternity. Mr. Koppel was the 1993 University Concerto Competition Winner and was Field Commander of the 'Pride of Dayton' Marching Band.

Mr. Koppel's first teaching position was teaching 5-12 bands at Colonel Crawford schools in rural, North Robinson, OH. After getting married and moving to the Chicago-area in 1996, Mr. Koppel taught beginning band in Grayslake IL.

Mr. Koppel has been the Director of Bands at Jackson Middle School since 1998. He directs the Jackson Area Preparatory and Intermediate Bands, the Jackson Concert and Symphonic Bands, and the Jackson Jazz Lab. Under his direction, the Jackson Symphonic Band has consistently earned Division I ratings at District and State Level Contests. In 2012 the Jackson Symphonic Band was chosen to perform at the prestigious University of Illinois SuperState Band Festival and in 2015 was designated ‘Honors’ Status at IGSMA State Contest.

Mr. Koppel completed his Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2001 and Type 75 Administrative Certification from North Central College in 2008. He has served in several leadership roles in District 45 including Music Department Chairperson and Fine and Practical Arts Team Leader. Mr. Koppel has served as a mentor teacher in District 45, IGSMA Mentor Program, and hosted nearly a dozen student teachers in his tenure. He often facilitates and adjudicates Solo and Ensemble and Organizational Contests in the Chicago-area and currently has serves as the IGSMA District VII CoChair.

Mr. Koppel is actively involved in the music ministry at his family church in Bolingbrook, where he lives with his wife and 3 children.

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Jackson Area Band/Orchestra/Choir Calendar 2019-2020

(Last updated – 7/30/2019)


Tues. 20 Music Booster Mtg. – 7:00 p.m. @ Jackson PDC (104)

Weds. 21 Jackson-area parents info meeting for Preparatory band and orchestra 6:00 p.m. @ Jax Orchestra Rm.

Thurs. 22 Jackson-area students registration for Preparatory band and orchestra 4:00-8:00 p.m. @ Jax café.

Sat. 24 Jackson-area students registration for Preparatory band and orchestra 10:00-noon @ Jax café.

Tues. 27 Jackson-area Intermediate Band rehearsals begin, 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

Thurs. 29 Jackson-area Intermediate Orchestra rehearsals begin, 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.


Thurs. 26 Jackson-area Preparatory Band rehearsals begin, 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.


Tues. 1 Music Booster mtg. - 7:00 p.m. @ Jefferson LRC

Tues. 8 Jackson-area Preparatory Orchestra rehearsals begin, 3:10 - 4:10 p.m

Thurs. 10 Band Day: Concert/Symphonic Bands rehearsal during school day @ Willowbrook

Fri. 11 Band Day: Concert/Symphonic Bands: 6:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Thurs. 17 Orchestra Festival Day: Concert Orchestra: 7:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Fri-Sun 25-27 Jackson Musical @ Jackson Main Gym

Tues. 29 Choir Invitational Day: Concert Choir: 7:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook


Fri. 15 Jackson-area Music Social - 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Fri. 6 Jackson-area Winter Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Mon. 9 Jackson Winter Band and Choir Concert – 7:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Tues. 17 Jackson-area Intermediate Band /Jazz Lab Winter Concert - 7:00 p.m. @ Jackson


Tues. 14 Music Booster mtg. - 7:00 p.m. @ Jackson PDC (104)

Thurs. 23 Jackson-area Preparatory Band Demonstration Performance - 7:00 p.m. @ Jackson


Thurs. 6 Music Booster mtg. – 7:00 p.m. @ Jefferson LRC

Sat. 8 Villa Park Solo & Ensemble Contest @ Jefferson Middle School

Thurs. 27 Jackson-area Music Social – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

MARCH 2020

Sat. 7 Jackson Jazz Lab - IGSMA Jazz Contest @ TBA

Sat. 14/21 Concert Choir/Symphonic Band/Concert Orchestra IGSMA District Contest @ TBA

APRIL 2020

Tues. 14 Music Booster Mtg. – 7:00 p.m. @ Jackson Middle School PDC (104)

Weds. 22 Jazz Lab/”Wired Up” Strings Concert – 7:00 p.m. @ Jackson Main Gym

Fri/Sat. 24-25 Symphonic Band/Concert Orchestra/Concert Choir IGSMA State Festival (if qualified)

MAY 2020

Fri. 8 Jackson-area Spring Band Concert - 7:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Wed. 13 Jackson-area Spring Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Fri. 15 Jackson Spring Choral Concert - 7:30 p.m. @ Willowbrook

Sun. 17 Lilac Parade, Concert/Symphonic Bands – 1:00 p.m. @ Glenbard East H.S.