Prairie Grove Bands

Announcements

  • All info for students can be found on their respective Google Classroom pages.

Upcoming Events

  • September 28: Advanced Band rehearsal w/ PRHS marching band

  • October 1: Advanced Band performance w/ PRHS marching band at football game

  • October 8: ILMEA audition videos due

  • October 28: Jazz Band 1 IASB performance at PG

  • October 29: AIJB audition tapes due

  • November 1: Fall Elementary Bands Concert

  • November 3: Fall Junior High Bands Concert

Weekly Schedule

Mondays

  • Morning Beginning Band @ 8:00am (beginning Sept. 22)

  • Beginning Band Lessons


Tuesdays

  • Jazz Band 2 @ 7:15am

  • Morning Cadet Band @ 8:00am

  • Advanced Band Lessons

  • Advanced Band Class 9th period


Wednesdays

  • Jazz Band 1 @ 7:15am

  • Morning Beginning Band @ 8:00am (beginning Sept. 22)

  • Beginning Band and Jazz Band 1 Lessons

  • Concert Band Class 9th period


Thursdays

  • Morning Cadet Band @ 8:00am

  • Cadet Band Lessons

  • Advanced Band Class 9th period


Fridays

  • Concert Band Lessons

  • Concert Band Class 9th period

Meet the Director

Mr. Jeff 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 1, Jazz Band 2, and small group lessons for all band students. Under Mr. Crylen's direction, the Prairie Grove Jazz Band 1 received invitation to perform at the 2022 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) in Peoria, IL. Additionally, the Prairie Grove Bands have consistently earned Division I ratings at the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) band festivals, and the students have frequently earned Division I ratings at Solo & Ensemble contest.

In addition to his duties as the Prairie Grove Band Director, Mr. Crylen also serves as the Assistant Marching Band Director at Prairie Ridge High School. He has also served as an adjudicator for Solo & Ensemble and Large Ensemble Organizational contests. He has previously served as a Music and Marching Technician for the Elk Grove High School and Lockport Township High School marching bands.

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. In February of 2021, he was honored to have received the Star 105.5 February "Teacher of the Month" Award.

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 fiancée, 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. Of course, he would be remiss if he did not mention his love of (read: addiction to) coffee, particularly Dunkin' Donuts.