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Meet The Band Directors

Dave Jones - Director
847-367-4120 ext. 2100 •
As a child, I was fascinated by music and sound. I started playing percussion in fifth grade and took every opportunity to see and hear live performances.  Music was deeply rooted in me.  In high school, I started playing with a semi pro-Orchestra that allowed me to play some of the world’s greatest music ever written and begin to perform in Chicago’s own Orchestra Hall. I was 17-years-old and was so nervous for my solo on the timpani; I thought I would pass out. Later that year, we toured Taiwan and Japan playing in the Music Festival of Kumamoto.  That trip solidified my plan for the future.  I decided to major in music and share my love for performing with students.  I graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  I taught Band and Choir for two years in Lexington, Illinois, then went back for a Masters degree in Music ed. at VanderCook College of Music. I have been teaching in Illinois since 1994, and continue to enjoy playing music in my church orchestra, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, Palatine Community band, and occasionally you may find me with a Santa hat on playing in a Salvation Army Quintet, or at T.U.B.A. Christmas.  I have switched my focus of major instruments over the years from drums to low brass, to guitar, and currently, enjoy playing the flute and clarinet.  Making music truly brings fulfillment, and happiness to my life. A joy that I hope to inspire in your child. Wherever you may run into me, an instrument is likely within arm’s reach.

Logan Farris- Director
847-367-4120 ext. 2501 •
My name is Logan Farris and this is my ninth year as the General/Choral Music Teacher at
Oak Grove School. I teach K-4 General Music as well as 5th grade Ukulele, 6th grade Guitar, 8th grade Vocals, and co-teach an 8th grade Musical Theatre class. This year I will also be directing the 5th grade Band, and co-directing the JH Jazz Band. After school, I direct both the 4th and 5th grade Choir and the Junior High Chorus. I also direct a vocal jazz group called 'Sound Check' two nights a week at Niles North High School in Skokie, IL.