Welcome to Mr. Moffett's homepage! I am proud to serve as director of bands for the students of Komarek School District 94! The 2018-2019 school year marks my 22nd year teaching band at the middle school/junior high level. It has really flown by! I have been the band director at Komarek School for the past fifteen years. Previous to joining the staff at Komarek I taught band for seven years in Joliet, IL. In addition to leading the Beginning, Cadet, Concert, and Jazz Bands at Komarek, I also instruct all 4th Grade General Music classes.
My first experience with music was joining my school's beginning band at the end of my fifth grade year. I remember walking into band recruitment and being awestruck at all the cool and unique looking instruments, and for one reason or another I decided on saxophone. After that first lesson I was hooked. I practiced hard and pursued the saxophone seriously on thru high school and was eventually awarded a saxophone scholarship to study music at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. I went on to complete my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois.
In addition to teaching band and music courses here at Komarek, I also currently serve as adjunct professor of saxophone at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. My duties at Benedictine include teaching applied saxophone lessons to music majors and minors, establishing a curriculum for the saxophone studio, and preparing students for their final playing examinations each semester. I am active as a woodwind clinician and adjudicator throughout the Chicago land area. I am currently sponsored by Conn-Selmer, Inc. as an Artist-Endorser and am proud to perform on and endorse Selmer saxophones (www.conn-selmer.com)
Although I love teaching and giving back to younger generations of musicians, I have a strong passion for performing as well. I have an extensive performance background in jazz, classical, rock, and popular music. My performance experience includes sessions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the classic 60's rock band The Buckinghams, California Transit Authority featuring Chicago founding member & Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Danny Seraphine & Grammy Award Winner/Chicago alum Bill Champlain, Motown legend & Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Chicago's own Blooze Brothers Band, & the House Band at Buddy Guy's Legends. Various other artists I have shared the stage with include the Ides of March, the Shadows of Knight, New Colony Six, the Cryan' Shames, the Box Tops, Lou Christie, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, and Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night.
I currently reside in Westmont, IL with my wife Karen and our three children. We are a musical family I guess you could say; my wife is also a musician and a band director and our children all play instruments. My son David plays the trombone, my daughter Haley plays cello, and my youngest daughter Clare plays the piano and hopes to one day play percussion. We will see about that one...