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Chiddix Junior High School
300 S. Walnut Street
Normal, IL 61761
Main Office - 309.557.4405

Mr. Dan Swallow
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Band

Dan received both of his music degrees from Illinois State University (BME ’85, MME ’97). After his graduation, Dan returned home to begin his teaching career in LeRoy, IL (85-88).  In the fall of 1986, Dan began working with the Normal Community HS Guard while still teaching in LeRoy.  This is now his 31st year in the Unit 5 School District (88–present).  While teaching at Normal Community High School, he was an assistant band director (88–02, 07-08), color guard instructor (86-01) and founder/director of the NCHS Winter Guard, Images (86-02). The marching band and color guard traveled extensively during his time at the high school. The Marching Ironmen participated in the Orange Bowl Parade (86) Fiesta Bowl Parade / Field Show competition (88, 92, 96), The Tournament of Roses – Rose Bowl Parade / field show exhibition (91), the Citrus Bowl Parade and Field Show (94, 98) and in 2000 the NCHS Marching Ironmen, and the NCHS choirs and orchestras did a 10 day, 3 country tour in Europe. Some highlights of Dan’s 16 years as the director of Images are: 28 time WGI Regional Finalist (including the very first year), winning three WGI Regionals; promoted to Scholastic World in 1991; 3 time WGI National Semi-Finalist; 4 time Midwest Color Guard Circuit Champions. During his tenure with Images, individuals were awarded: 1 MWCGC Commander’s Medallion; 3 MWCGC Rookies of the Year; 4 MWCGC Scholarship winners; and 1 WGI Scholarship winner. Dan also served as the host / chairperson for two WGI Midwest Regionals (1998 and 2001, over 80 competing units from more than 10 states) and one MWCGC Championships. 

Dan is currently the director of bands at Chiddix Junior High (95-present). He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University (04-15 & 17). He has worked with several different bands, guards and drum corps through out the Midwest. He is a proud alumni of both the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Geneseo, Illinois (euphonium, '83 DCI World Semi-Finalist & '84 DCI World Semi-Finalist) and the City Slickers Winter Guard, Indianapolis, Indiana (WGI World Finalist '85).  Most recently Dan was on the color guard / visual staff of the 2010 Morton HS Marching Band, Morton, IL. The band was a national semi-finalist and placed 3rd in the nation in class AA at the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Dan has been  a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, The Midwest Judge's Guild (2002-2017) and served on the board of directors (Contest Director 2016 - 2018, treasurer 1997-99) for the Midwest Color Guard Circuit. Dan is also a member of the Unit 5 Education Association where is serves on the Executive council and the collective bargaining team (5 contracts between '09-present). When he isn't teaching or judging, you can find Dan working for the entertainment division of the Disney Corporation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Dan has been a WDW Seasonal Cast Member since 2001.    

Mrs. Trisha Ogden
Fifth Grade Band