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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...

 
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Recent Posts

Martha & the Vandellas

Originally Marvin Gaye's backup singers, Martha & the Vandellas became stars in their own right back in 1963 with hits that included "Nowhere to Run", "Jimmy Mack", "Heatwave", and "Dancing in the Street". Over the years the group would be a consistent presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad. Martha and the Vandellas are still going strong today in America and overseas, and I'm proud to serve as the group's baritone saxophonist for all their US Midwest tour dates. This clip was recorded in early 2017 at the Arcada Theater in St Charles, IL.

The Buckinghams (Kind of A Drag)

The trademark opening horn line on the Buckinghams #1 hit "Kind of a Drag" became a signature of the Chicago horn sound in 1967 as the hit single swept the nation. Other hits quickly followed that year, including "Don't You Care", "Susan", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "Hey Baby". When USA Records released "Kind of a Drag" no one anticipated the demand as the single rocketed to #1 across the country. Cash Box Magazine named them "The Most Promising Vocal Group in America" that year, and they delivered. I'm proud to get to perform with the Buckinghams during their summer tour dates. This video was taken at our performance at Summerfest 2017 in Milwaukee, WI for a crowd of about 5,000 fans.

The Done Deal Band

This video was taken from a performance I did with the Done Deal Band back in 2009. An oldie but a goodie!

Soul Vaccination (Soul Vaccination by Tower of Power)

This is a clip of Soul Vaccination, an 11-piece horn band that is made up of some of the top studio musicians from in and around the Chicago area. We play a mix of funk, soul, and rock music from Tower of Power, Chicago, and many others. This is a short clip form the Wire in Berwyn in November of 2016.

Soul Vaccination

Soul Vaccination, one of my favorite bands to perform with! Soul Vaccination performs classic rock from Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and many others. This video was taken in Darien in February, 2016.

Conn-Selmer, Inc. Artist Roster video testimonial

I have recently been added to the artist roster for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and am proud to be an Artist-endorser for Selmer saxophones. The Conn-Selmer Artist roster is made up of a select group of professional musicians from around the world who endorse and perform on Conn-Selmer musical instruments. Currently I perform on a Selmer Paris Series III Model 64 tenor saxophone. In this short video I explain why I prefer Selmer saxophones.

The Names

This is a recent performance I did with the Names, a 60's and 70's cover band that features members of the Buckinghams, the Blues Brothers Band, Electric Avenue, and the New Invaders. This performance was in Aurora in the summer of 2015.

The Jazz Factory

This is a short clip of me performing a funk tune I wrote for my jazz quintet the Jazz Factory. This was from a 2014 performance in Lombard.