Prairie Grove Bands

Announcements (COVID-19, updated March 26)


  • Please check your emails for how to create a SmartMusic account. We will be using SmartMusic for band e-learning. It is very important to create an account and be able to explore the program so you have an idea of how to navigate the program once we start using it for class.


  • Advanced Band: check email for Google Drive folder with Unraveling, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Highlights from La La Land. Email Mr. Crylen if you need a new copy of any of your contest music.
  • Jazz Band 1: check email for Google Drive folder with Sir Duke, Pick Up the Pieces, Gonna Fly Now, and Second Line (combined jazz bands). Email Mr. Crylen if you need a new copy of any of your contest music.
  • Jazz Band 2: check email for Google Drive folder with Yeah, You Right. You have received all other music in rehearsals. If you need a new copy of any of the other music, please email Mr. Crylen
  • Concert Band: You have received all current music. If you need a new copy of anything, please email Mr. Crylen
  • Cadet Band: You have already received 2 of 3 pieces for our next concert. The third piece will be emailed to you within the next few days.
  • Beginning Band: Continue working out of Essential Elements books.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 7: Elementary Concert @7pm
  • Wednesday, May 13: Junior High Concert @ 7pm
  • Saturday, May 16: Music in the Parks @ Six Flags in Gurnee, IL (JH band students, more info once school is back in session)
  • Tuesday, May 26: Band Recruitment Night @7pm

Weekly Schedule


  • Concert Band Lessons
  • Concert Band Class


  • Jazz Band II @7:15am
  • Morning Cadet Band @8:00am
  • Advanced Band Lessons
  • Advanced Band Class


  • Jazz Band I @7:15am
  • Morning Beginning Band @8:00am
  • Jazz Band I Lessons
  • Beginning Band Brass Lessons
  • Concert Band Class


  • Morning Cadet Band @8:00am
  • Cadet Band Lessons
  • Advanced Band Class


  • Morning Beginning Band @8:00am
  • Beginning Band Woodwind and Percussion Lessons

Meet the Director

Mr. Jeffrey Crylen, Band Director

Mr. Crylen became the Band Director at Prairie Grove CSD 46 in 2018. His duties at Prairie Grove include directing the Beginning Band, Cadet Band, Concert Band, Advanced Band, Jazz Band I, Jazz Band II, and small group lessons for all band students. In addition to his duties as the Prairie Grove Band Director, Mr. Crylen also serves as a Music & Visual Technician for the Elk Grove High School Marching Grenadiers and the Prairie Ridge High School Marching Wolves. He has also served as an adjudicator for Solo & Ensemble and Large Ensemble Organizational contests.

In addition to his various teaching responsibilities, Mr. Crylen is also an active musician as a member of the trumpet section with the Northshore Concert Band and the cornet section with the Chicago Brass Band. He has also performed as a member of the trumpet sections with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and the Wheaton Municipal Band.

Mr. Crylen earned his Bachelor of Music Education and his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with Honors. He is a recipient of the prestigious Mark H. Hindsley Award for his commitment and musical contributions to the University of Illinois Bands Program. He is also a Founding Member of the Nu Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Mr. Crylen is an active member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association (NBA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Outside of his involvement in music, he enjoys watching baseball (Go, Cubs, Go!) and spending time with family, friends, and his girlfriend, Karen. He is a huge lover of dogs, and having grown up with dogs most of his life, he looks forward to someday (hopefully soon!) having a dog of his own.