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David Fodor

Conductor - Clinician - Performer
Dr. Fodor is celebrating his 43nd year as a music educator. He taught at Evanston Township HS from 1990-2013 in Instrumental Music, Jazz Bands & Combos, Percussion, Seminar in American Music, and Music Technology. The ETHS Music Program was named as a Grammy Signature School three times during his tenure, and his ETHS music groups performed for prestigious festivals around the world, including in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Prior to teaching at ETHS, Dr. Fodor was Asst. Director of Bands at Western Illinois University from 1984-88, where he taught Instrumental Music, Percussion, and Music Education courses. He began his career at Herscher HS in Herscher, Illinois, teaching 5-12 instrumental music from 1976-82. During his time in Herscher, the band program was 3-time Illinois State Sweepstakes champions, 2-time Illinois State marching band champions, and 1982 MBA National Marching Band Champions.
Dr. Fodor holds a Ph. D. in Music Education from Northwestern University (1998), an M. A. in Percussion Performance from Western Illinois University (1984), and a B. S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1976). He is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Mu Musical Fraternities, and an active jazz performer in the Chicagoland area. He serves as a clinician and guest conductor across the country.

In his retirement, Dr. Fodor serves as the Coordinator of the Young Composer Showcase sponsored by the Jazz Education Network and is a Reviewer of new jazz music and materials for The Instrumentalist magazine.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Music Educators Association, serving as Vice President of the Secondary General Music Division. In addition to his work with the IMEA, Dr. Fodor is a former Illinois state officer of the Percussive Arts Society and is a past President of the International Association of Jazz Educators Illinois Unit. Dr. Fodor also enjoys being Conductor of the Wilmette Community Band and teaching a music education course at Northwestern University. 
Dr. Fodor was recognized by the Jazz Education Network as the recipient of the 2019 President's Service Award.
Recently, the Jazz Institute of Chicago recognized Dr. Fodor as 2019 Jazz Educator of the Year.




Wilmette Community Band - Click here for more Information​
October 25 - Fall Concert - 7:30p @ Trinity Lutheran Church
December 13 - Holiday Concert ​@ Trinity Lutheran Church


July 17, 2019 - Guest Lecturer for Vandercook College of Jazz Education Course
October 5, 2019 - Marching Band Adjudicator for Mt. Prospect HS Competition
​January 2020 - Jazz Education Network, Young Composer Showcase Coordinator - Presenting January, 2020 at the Annual Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, LA


"In Full Swing" Jazz Orchestra​- Rehearses weekly @ Presbyterian Homes, Evanston​​
November 11 - 11a-1p for Veterans Day @ Jesse Brown VA (closed event)
November 24 - 2p Rolling Meadows Library
December 18 - 2p Arlington Hts. Senior Center
"OMJB" - Rehearses bi-weekly @ Northminster Church, Evanston​
March 15, 2020 - 4:30-7:30p Annual Dinner Dance @ White Eagle in Niles
"Bill Chapin X-Tet" Live at the LakeHouse Restaurant in Lake Bluff, IL
October 19 - 6-8p
November 2- 6-8p
December 14- 6-8p
Other Performances
September 29 - 7-9p Evening of Jazz @ Trinity Lutheran Church
November 15 - Ron Surace Trio @ Wilmette Public Library