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Dear Neuqua Valley Band Members and Parents,


We welcome you as a member of the 2019-2020 NVHS Band Program.  In 2013 and 2005, the NVHS Music Program was named the National GRAMMY Signature School, ranking us as the top high school music program in the United States.  Your choice to participate in this program assures you of the very best musical experiences and opportunities.  We are fortunate to have the finest facilities and equipment, so there is no limit for your musical growth.


This year, we welcome over one hundred new students to the band program from Crone, Gregory and Scullen Middle Schools, area private schools as well as students who have moved here from all over the United States. The NVHS Bands motto is a quote from Aristotle:  "Excellence Is Not an Act, But a Habit."  Participation in band allows you to enjoy unique feelings and experiences, and together, through hard work and persistence, we will continue to excel.  Excellence is habit forming.


Mr. Jonathan Lauff received a Bachelor's Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Before joining the Neuqua Valley staff in 1997, Mr. Lauff taught at Aledo High School in Aledo, Illinois. Mr. Lauff serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair. He will be working with the Wind Ensemble, the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Marching Wildcats, and the Jazz Orchestra.


Mrs. Emily Binder received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her masters in school administration from North Central College in Naperville. Mrs. Binder is also a proud graduate of Waubonsie Valley High school. Prior to coming to Neuqua, Mrs. Binder taught at Gregory Middle School for 18 years. While at Neuqua, she will be working with Symphonic Winds, Concert Winds, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band.


(630)428-6000, ext. 4871

Mrs. Corinne Collier received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois after student teaching at Gregory Middle School and Metea Valley High School. For the past year, Mrs. Collier taught youth programs in the parks at Walt Disney World. She will be teaching Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and technique classes at both the Birkett Building and the main building.




(630)428-6000, ext. 4817

Mr. Andrew Seidel received his Bachelors Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University after student teaching at both Crone Middle School and Neuqua Valley High School. Mr. Seidel will be teaching the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Technique Classes, Jazz Bands, and Marching Band.







(630)428-6000, ext. 4816