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Instrumental Groups


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

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, Mike Madonia at

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

Jazz Ensemble II

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, Joe Ott at 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.

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

“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