Patrick Maag Art and Music Department Chair Director of Bands Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road Darien, Illinois 60561 630-468-4151 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Maag was named Director of Bands at Hinsdale South High School in May of 2009 and the department chair in 2014. He grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to his appointment at Hinsdale South, Mr. Maag was the Director of Bands at Waukegan High School in Waukegan, Illinois from 2002-2009. In his time at Waukegan High School, he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Bulldogs, Bulldog Big Band and Bulldog pep band. The Waukegan High School bands received awards for outstanding performance in marching, concert and jazz performances. His groups regularly earned division I ratings at IHSA contests. His bands performed at Walt Disney World, the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, CBS evening news and at a Chicago Rush arena football game. The Hinsdale South High School concert band earned top honors at the ISU state of Illinois Concert Band Contest in 2011 and the HSHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble earned division I ratings at the 2010 IHSA State Contest. The Concert Band and Symphonic Band earned division I rankings at the 2013 IHSA State Contest. Mr. Maag has judged solo and group contests in Illinois and has been a guest conductor for various ensembles in Lake County and DuPage County. He lives in Des Plaines with his wife Jessica and his three daughters, Ella, Katy and Maggie.
Alex Baxmeyer Band Director Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road Darien, Illinois 60561 630-468-4450 email@example.com
An Illinois native, Alex Baxmeyer graduated with a Bachelor of Music cum laude from St. Olaf College in Instrumental Music Education. She played in the St. Olaf Band under the direction of Timothy Mahr and performed in Japan, Florida, and California. During her senior year, she served as President of the band. After college, she student taught in southeastern Minnesota with Mr. Peter Guenther at Owatonna High School before teaching as a long-term substitute at Watertown-Mayer, a suburban high school west of the twin cities. During the spring she had the opportunity to work with Betsy McCann's two concert bands, the pep band, and both the middle school and high school Percussion Ensembles.
Before returning to teach in Illinois, Baxmeyer moved to Wisconsin to serve as the Director of Bands at Brillion High School. There she directed the Marching Lions, two concert bands, pep band, and traveled with the jazz band to the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Under her direction, several soloists and small ensembles earned top honors at the district and state level competitions.
Baxmeyer joined the Hinsdale South band program in 2014. At South she directs the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Symphonic Percussion, Concert Percussion, pep band, marching band, teaches AP Music Theory, Advanced Piano/Composition, and directs the pit orchestra. The band has performed at the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade and traveled to Walt Disney World and New York City, where they rehearsed with Michael Adelson of the New York Philharmonic. In April of 2018, the Wind Symphony performed in Chicago's Symphony Center and received a clinic from renowned composer, Frank Ticheli. Additionally in 2018 Baxmeyer was selected to conduct the pit orchestra for the Illinois All-State Musical, Big Fish, which was accepted to perform at the International Thespian Festival for the summer of 2018.
Baxmeyer has served as a guest clinician around Illinois and has attended several conducting symposiums around the country. She will have completed her Masters Degree in Instrumental Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago by the end of summer 2018.