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Instrumental Groups

Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

Our premiere concert ensemble, the Wind Ensemble encompasses musicians from all walks of life, including CLC students, local high school music teachers and community members who enjoy the camaraderie of playing music at a high level. Under the leadership of Michael Flack, the Wind Ensemble performs four concerts per year. The Wind Ensemble annually performs with guest conductors from prestigious university music programs and renowned guest artists. Rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM in room P101. Audition required. For more information, contact Michael Flack at (847) 543-2566 or mflack@clcillinois.edu.

Concert Band

The Concert Band is open to high school students, college students and community members without audition or prerequisite. Two public performances are given each school year, with music drawn from Sousa, Broadway, orchestral transcriptions and a number of world class band composers. Rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM in room P101. No audition required. Performs one concert per semester. If you would like to participate, contact the conductor, John Mose at (630) 267-2284 or jmojziszek@clcillinois.edu.

Jazz Ensemble I

This award-winning jazz ensemble, led by Michael Flack, presents four concerts per year to a growing number of jazz aficionados. Open by audition, the ensemble features seasoned players, experienced teachers and professional musicians, who perform challenging jazz music and play with top visiting musicians and composers. The Monday Night band has performed with internationally acclaimed trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, “Blues Brothers” band member Tom “Bones” Malone, pianist/composer Randy Waldman, saxophonist/composer Mike Tomaro, trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, and many of the biggest names in jazz and commercial music. For more information, contact the director, Michael Flack at (847) 543-2566 or mflack@clcillinois.edu.

Jazz Ensemble II & III

Composed of CLC students and community members, the Tuesday night jazz ensembles focus on playing quality big band repertoire and development of ensemble skills. Rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:45 PM and 8:00-9:30 PM in room P101. No audition required. If you would like to participate, contact the director, John Mose at (630) 267-2284 or jmojziszek@clcillinois.edu. Performs two concerts per semester.

Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos are composed of students learning the nuances of improvising and working together as a small ensemble performing jazz standards, blues, ballads and contemporary music repertoire. Section 004 meets on Monday afternoons from 2:00-3:45 PM in room P101, Section 005 meets on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:45 PM in room P101. No audition required. Performs one on campus concert per semester and occasional off campus performances.

How to Participate

Participants may enroll in all instrumental ensembles (with the exception of jazz combos) for college credit (transfer credit) or for personal enrichment (non-credit).

For help with college (transfer) credit registration, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities & Fine Arts Division. For help with non-credit registration, contact the Center for Personal Enrichment.

An audition is required for Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I, and students will not be able to register for these ensembles until the director has granted approval; for information about auditions and other aspects of the instrumental ensembles, contact:

Instrumentalists are encouraged to take private applied lessons and other music classes in addition to their participation in the ensembles.

Music Department: Instrumental Music

Learn about CLC's instrumental music ensembles and classes.

Faculty

Dr. Michael Flack

Michael Flack is Music Director and Conductor for CLC's Wind Ensemble and Monday Night Jazz Ensemble. He has been a member of the faculty since 2004. Prior to joining the CLC faculty, Dr. Flack was undergraduate coordinator of music at Ball State University,director of the Electronic Music program at Curie Metropolitan High School for the Performing Arts in Chicago, IL and assistant director of bands in the Brownsville, TX Independent School District.

As a pianist and bandleader, Dr. Flack led the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, specializing in the performance of the original arrangements of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and was a featured soloist with the orchestra during their October 2000 performance at the XIV International Music Festival in Macau, China.  He has recorded three compact discs: Eternity (2006) with the David Jennings Acoustic Ensemble, Swinging in ihe Windy City (2002), featuring Buddy DeFranco with the John Burnett Swing Orchestra, and Labor Of Love (1999) with the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.

In June 2005, Dr. Flack and the CLC wind and jazz ensembles performed for and were guests of the city of Besana Brianza in Italy, at the 12th edition of the Santa Cecilia International Band Festival near Milan. In June 2017, he took a CLC jazz combo to China to perform at several universities.

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Illinois Wesleyan University; Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts, Ball State University.

Adjunct Faculty

In addition to CLC’s full-time performing arts faculty members, about 30 adjunct instructors serve as ensemble directors and classroom and private music lesson teachers. Adjunct faculty members teach a variety of subjects, including piano, introduction to music and music theory. Adjunct faculty members possess a wide range of excellent artistic and educational backgrounds, including experience as both professional performers and college-level teachers.

Aspiring artists are inspired to soar by observing, working with and emulating great artists. That’s why CLC brings visiting artists to campus from the rich arts scene of the Chicago metropolitan area and from across the U.S. Such visiting artists come to perform and direct, teach master classes and share their knowledge of the performing arts. Often, too, these artists leave commenting on the professionalism and artistry of CLC’s ensemble and performance groups who put their own creative stamp on performances and productions.

Visiting Artists

Just two visiting artists of note are these Grammy®-winning musicians:

  • Ernie Watts, a tenor saxophonist and guest artist in 2005 who has been featured on more than 500 recordings by artists ranging from Thelonious Monk to Frank Zappa.
  • Chuck Findley, a guest artist in 2007 who has played trumpet in more than 200 movie soundtracks and has performed with Branford Marsalis, the NBC “Tonight Show” band and the Buddy Rich Orchestra.

View Guest Artists Since 1977

“I have performed several times with the CLC bands. I have found the musicianship with both the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band to be of very high musical quality. Both groups were extremely well rehearsed and were willing to do or change anything that I suggested at rehearsals. That is not found everywhere you go. I also found something somewhat different than I might find at a four-year school, and that is the musicians’ happy attitude toward performing to the highest of their abilities. Realizing that many of these members are adults with full-time jobs... that was refreshing. I also had the pleasure of going to Europe with the Wind Ensemble in 2005, which was a real treat. Not only did the ensemble perform to a high level, they were very well received by a diverse European audience.”
Larry McWilliams, trumpet professor emeritus, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

“The positive musical experience is alive and well at the College of Lake County. I thoroughly enjoyed performing as a soloist with varied ensembles there. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable professors and a diverse arts program make the College of Lake County a wonderful place to study.”
Allen Vizzutti, internationally known trumpet soloist and trumpet professor at University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

For more information about CLC bands, contact:
Dr. Michael Flack

Phone: (847) 543-2566
mflack@clcillinois.edu