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Chip De Stefano
Chip De Stefano is Director of Bands at McCracken
Middle School in Skokie, Illinois and Director
of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Chicago.
Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School
Symphonic Band has performed at the Midwest Clinic
and has made multiple appearances at the IMEA
All-State Conference, University of Illinois Superstate
Concert Band Festival, and NAfME North Central
Division Conference. In 2007, the McCracken Symphonic
Band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Silver
Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Mr. De Stefano received both his Bachelor of
Music in Trombone Performance and Master of Music
Education Degrees from Northwestern University.
His professional affiliations include the NAfME,
IMEA, the Illinois Grade School Music Association
(IGSMA), the National Band Association, and Phi
Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. De Stefano is active nationally as a clinician,
guest conductor, and adjudicator. He has conducted
honor bands and festivals in Singapore, Wisconsin,
Missouri, Florida, and throughout Illinois. In
addition, he has presented conference sessions
at the Midwest Clinic and several state conferences.
Mr. De Stefano is a recipient of multiple National
Band Association Citations of Excellence. He was
awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator
Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara Buehlmann Young
Conductor Award in 2004, and the IGSMA Cloyd Meyers
Memorial Award in 2011.
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