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David Fodor

Conductor - Clinician - Performer


Dr. Fodor is celebrating his 48th 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 served 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 served 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.
in April, 2019, the Jazz Institute of Chicago recognized Dr. Fodor as 2019 Jazz Educator of the Year.




Wilmette Community Band - Click here for more Information​
Summertime Concerts:
Wilmette Memorial Day Ceremony - 11am - May 27, 2024 (1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091)
Outdoor Concert - 7-8pm at The Mather in Evanston (425 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201)
Outdoor Concert - 7-8pm at the Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, IL (3200 Grant St., Evanston, IL 60201
Concert under the Stars - 7-8pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston (3637 Golf Rd., Evanston, IL 60203
"Sounds of Summer" Concert - 7-8:30pm at the Wallace Bowl (Gillson Park, Wilmette, IL 60091)
In Full Swing Jazz Orchestra - Click here for more Information​
Concert - 11am-1pm at the Wicker Park Farmer's Market (1425 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Concert - 7-8pm at The Vi at The Glen (2500 Indigo Lane, Glenview, IL 60026)
Northwestern University
Percussion Methods Teacher, Winter Quarter, 2025


"In Full Swing" Jazz Orchestra​- Rehearses weekly @ Presbyterian Homes, Evanston​​
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - IFS Live at Hackney's on Lake in Glenview, IL 7-9pm
"OMJB" - The Jay Lipe "Old Men's Jazz Band" Rehearses bi-weekly @ Northminster Church, Evanston​


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