Mr. Moffett's Homepage
Welcome to Mr. Moffett's homepage! I am proud to serve as director of bands for the students of Komarek School District 94! The 2020-2021 school year marks my 24th 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 seventeen 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 making music was joining my school's beginning band at the end of my fifth grade year way back in the mid 80's. (I know. I'm old!!) Anyways, I remember walking into the band room back then and being awestruck at all the cool and unique looking instruments, and after some back and forth I finally decided that the saxophone would be my instrument. After that first sax 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 professor of saxophone at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. 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 music and working with young musicians, I have a strong passion for performing music as well. As a freelance professional saxophonist I have gotten to tour & perform with multiple Grammy Award winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, AMA recipients, Juno Award winners, & Billboard Magazine chart toppers, including the Buckinghams, Gino Vannelli, CTA featuring Danny Seraphine & Bill Champlin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Lou Christie, the Rascals, the Box Tops, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Dennis Tufano, Jay & the Americans, the Ides of March, the Shadows of Knight, New Colony Six, the Cryan' Shames, Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, the Vouges, Cyrkle, the Grass Roots, and Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night. I lead my own small jazz ensemble the Swing Collective and I am a founding member of the Chicago based Tower of Power-influenced funk band Soul Vaccination (soulvac.com). I am also frequently called on to sub with numerous jazz, rock, & blues bands in and around Chicago.
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 clarinet, and my youngest daughter Clare plays the piano and hopes to one day play percussion. We will see about that one...