Teachers

Ms. Campbell


Ms. Campbell has had a long and successful career as a public school band and chorus teacher in Fulton County, Illinois. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Illinois State University and her Master’s of Education at Western Illinois University. After retiring from teaching in Illinois, she relocated to Orlando, Florida, where she continues to teach for Band for Today.

She believes that being a lifelong learner is… Click here to continue reading.




Mr. Janak


Mr. Andrew Janak is in his first year teaching with Band for Today. He recently graduated with a Masters in Jazz Composition from DePaul University and has a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Along with teaching with Band for Today, Mr. Janak is an active private lesson teacher throughout the Chicagoland area.

The son of two band directors, Mr. Janak feels that music… Click here to continue reading.




Mr. Brown


Mr. Brown is very excited to be a part of the team of Band For Today. He graduated with a Masters and Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Prior to joining the Band For Today staff, Mr. Brown was the Assistant Band Director Grand Island Senior High School, the Music Assistant at Barr Middle School, the Choir Director at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and had… Click here to continue reading.




Ms. Hand


Sharon Hand is thrilled with this opportunity to teach piano at St. Joan of Arc. Sharon’s professional musical career began at the age of 17 when she became the youngest solo cantor, singing for Sunday Masses, weddings and funerals, at St. Dominic Parish in Bolingbrook, IL, where she served on the Parish Council as well.

Sharon studied voice and children’s, improvisational and Shakespearean theater at College of Du Page… Click here to continue reading.




Mr. Bitte


This is my 2nd year with Band For Today. I attended the College of DuPage as a Music Major in the liberal arts program and I have a Performance Certificate from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. I have taught for After School Enrichment Solutions, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District and Hix Bros. Music. My experience include ten years instructing music lessons in both private and group settings… Click here to continue reading.




Ms. Rennels


Ms. Rennels is very excited to begin her first year teaching with Band For Today. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Prior to joining the Band For Today staff, Ms. Rennels was a substitute music teacher for the McLean County Unit School District Unit No. 5.
As a music teacher, Ms. Rennels believes it is her job… Click here to continue reading.




Ms. Dagg


Ms. D is excited to begin her second year with Band for Today! Born in Michigan, Ms. D moved to Ohio when she was 11 and stayed until she got her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Capital University in Columbus. She then found her way out to Chicago, and is currently loving the windy city!

Ms. D strives to provide her students with a musical experience… Click here to continue reading.




Mr. Barton


Mr. Barton’s is entering his seventh year with Band for Today in 2014. Additionally, he has some additional teaching experience in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Mr. Barton graduated from Millersville University (PA) in 2003 with a B.S. in music education and from Ithaca College in 2005 with a M.M. in trombone performance.

Mr. Barton believes that music education plays a key role in academic, social, and creative growth in a… Click here to continue reading.




Mr. Portillo


Mr. Portillo is a Chicago native who graduated from Trinity College (IL) with a degree in Music Education, and an Instrumental minor; he also studied saxophone with Jarrard Harris. While at Trinity, Mr. Portillo was involved with the Symphonic Band (saxophone section leader and president), Concert Choir (bass section leader), Philharmonic Orchestra (Percussion Section leader), Jazz Ensemble (lead saxophone), and Handbell Choir. Before teaching with Band For Today, Mr. Portillo… Click here to continue reading.




Mrs. Potempa


Darian Potempa has been with Band for Today for ten years. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign with a Bachelor in Music Education.

Darian thinks that music is an integral part of a student’s education. Working together with the teacher and other students can build self esteem and confidence. She feels that music is a versatile education tool. It can teach self discipline as well… Click here to continue reading.