Matthew Chapman | Director of Bands | IVC High School
Bachelor’s Degree - Illinois State University - Normal, IL
Master's Degree - American Band College - Ashland, OR
Flanagan Unit District - 1993 - 1994/ Illinois Valley Central District - 1994 - present
About Mr. Chapman:
I was born in London, England and have extended family living in Sydney, Australia. I went through the process of becoming an American citizen in the spring of 1993. When I was a kid, I played on the soccer high school team and was on the Rockford traveling team playing once at Wrigley Field. I also marched for the world famous Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for two years and was their soloist in 1991. I enjoy golfing, noodling on the piano and listening to all types of music. I also love to hang with my two girls, Mackenzie and Michaela. When I retire from teaching, I want to drive the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile for fun.
Timm Higus | Assistant Director of Bands | Mossville School
Elmhurst College - Bachelor of Music
Freedom Middle School - Berwyn, IL - Spring 2011
St. Genevieve School - Chicago, IL - 2011/2012
About Mr. Higus:
I am originally from the central Illinois area, and graduated from Morton High School. I attended Elmhurst College for Music Education, and while there performed in many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra, and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band. After college, I began my teaching career at St. Genevieve School in Chicago, and continued to play with professional ensembles in the Greater Chicago area.
Valorie Mills | Director of Bands | Chillicothe Jr. High (CEC)
I graduated from Western Illinois University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. I studied for my master’s degree at American Band College through Southern Oregon University in 2006-2007.
I student taught in 2002 at Mossville and IVC schools. In 2004-2006 I taught K-5th grade general music, 5-12th grade bands, and 6-12th grade choir in LaMoille, IL. In 2006-2009 I taught 4-8th grade orchestra and 5-8th grade bands in the East Peoria school district. During the time I was not teaching in the public schools I became certified as a Kindermusik instructor, taught private lessons at home, and also had a studio at Kidder Music where I taught private lessons to flute and saxophone players of all ages. In 2016-2019 I taught K-5th grade general music, 5-8th grade bands, and 6-8th grade choir at Hollis Grade school in Bartonville while also assisting with the LCHS marching band program.
My husband Aaron and I have lived in Chillicothe together since 2006. We have two boys Dylon (10) and Logyn (7), a girl Jaydn (11), and I have a stepson Ajay (17). My time outside of school is spent with my family, outdoors as I love nature, playing sudoku, reading, and doing something crafty. We currently have two dogs named Pumpkin and Smith, two guinea pigs named Emma and Willow, four ducks, and eight chickens. I absolutely adore chickens! I love to have fun and make people laugh. I tell horrible dad jokes that I think are hilarious!