Jeff Neavor, an alumnus of Morton High School, is the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Morton High School, overseeing all aspects of music and visual art programming. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, and directs all facets of the Morton High School Marching Band. As part of his daily teaching, Mr. Neavor also assists with the musical development of band students in 7th grade and 8th grade, co-teaching at Morton Junior High School.
Beginning his leadership of the program in 2001, Morton Bands has nearly tripled in size, now serving over 180 students. Under his direction, ensembles within the band program have received the highest accolades while participating in local, regional and national festivals, parades, and conferences. He has received 5 Certificates of Excellence from the National Band Association and led the Morton High School Marching Band when they received the Sudler Shield in 2017.
Mr. Neavor holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Millikin University and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Illinois State University. Mr. Neavor was featured in the School Band & Orchestra Magazine 2009 article “50 Directors Who Make Difference.” His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Educator Association, and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mr. Neavor is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for music festivals and competitions throughout Illinois. Mr. Neavor resides in Morton with his wife Ann and their two daughters, Emma and Erin, both of whom are students in the Morton band programs.