Morton High School Band
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Upcoming Events:
May 24 - Tentative Last Day - Inservice
May 24 - DRUMLINE LOCK-IN (with no snow days) 4pm @bandroom
May 25 - DRUMLINE LOCK-IN (with no snow days) 8am-5pm @ bandroom
Jul 2 - Music Sectionals 3-5:30pm
Jul 2 - Drumline Sectional 3-5:30pm (bandroom)

Jeff Neavor is the Fine Arts Chair and Director of Bands at Morton High School in Morton, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Millikin University in 1997 and went on to receive his Master of Music Education from Illinois State University in 2005.

At Morton High School, Mr. Neavor teaches music theory and directs the Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and the award-winning MHS Marching Band. He also assists with the 7th and 8th grade bands at Morton Junior High School.

Under his direction, the program has more than doubled in size, growing from 60 to 140. Thanks to the mentoring program of Katrina Fitzpatrick at Morton Junior High School, enrollment has consistently risen for the last ten years. The marching band has been extremely successful, with 10 consecutive State of Illinois Class 2A Championships, 4 University of Illinois Governor's Trophy Championships, a 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade selection, and a 2012 Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional Class AA Championship. The band also performed at the halftime of the St. Louis Rams-Green Bay Packers game in 2012. In 2010, the marching band advanced to the Bands of America Grand Nationals Semifinals and placed 3rd in Class AA.

The Jazz Ensemble and Concert Bands have performed and competed at festivals throughout Illinois, and performed along with the marching band at the Fiesta Festival in San Antonio, Texas. The Symphonic Winds have made several appearances at the prestigious Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival at the University of Illinois. The group was also to selected to perform at IMEA's 2012 Illinois Music Education Conference. In 2012, the Morton High School Music Department was also recognized as a GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalist. With many of the Morton alumni finding careers as music educators, Mr. Neavor was featured in the SBO Magazine 2009 article “50 Directors Who Make Difference.”

Patrick Mainieri is the Assistant Director of Bands and District Fine Arts Coordinator managing the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center. Mr. Mainieri is a native of Woodstock, GA. He was the marching and visual instructor for Clemson University's Tiger Band and Director of Bands at Gettys Middle School in Easley, SC. The Gettys Middle School Band served 230 students participating in three concert bands, a festival band, jazz band, pep band and leadership team. Prior to his work at Gettys Middle School, Mr. Mainieri served as the Director of Bands and Ensembles at Easley High School. While at Easley, Mr. Mainieri's band program included three concert bands, a jazz band, a marching band, a basketball pep band, three indoor winter guard units, an independent indoor drumline, and a student leadership team. The competitive ensembles at Easley continuously received superior ratings and gold medal placements. Mr. Mainieri has also served as a student leadership consultant for Clemson University's Tiger Band, Chesnee High School, Boiling Spring High School, Easley High School and Dorman High School. Most recently, Mr. Mainieri worked with University High School and the band programs in the Unit 5 District of Normal, IL.

Mr. Mainieri received his Bachelor's of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University in 2006 and his Master's of Arts degree in School Leadership from Furman University in May 2012. Mr. Mainieri's professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Association for Music Education, and the Illinois Music Educators Association.

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