Teachers

Ms. Sierra


Ms. G is an accomplished musician, vocalist, and performer. She is a music professional committed to providing a solid education for all students. Her aim is to integrate cooperative learning and multiculturalism to provide a well- rounded learning experience for students. She has over ten years of professional music experience in instruments and voice and has been teaching grades PreK-6 for over five years.

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Mr. Pedulla


An alumnus of Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, Frank Pedulla holds two masters degrees, in music education and performance. After retiring from a well-rounded music teaching career with the New York City Department of Education, Mr. Pedulla is a part-time professor of low brass instruments at Five Towns College on Long Island. A longtime member of the Concert Pops of Long Island and Old Bethpage Brass… Click here to continue reading.




Mr. Buerer


My experience is vast and varied. I have taught in contained classrooms, elementary through high school class of students on individualized curriculum programs, and Elementary middle school and high school remedial math and reading and substituted in preschool through high school. I have taught instrumental and vocal music at K-12 level twelve years with CLAD experience and have arranged over 270 pieces for instrumental and choral groups. I have studied… Click here to continue reading.




Ms. Linders


Ms. Linders is starting her first year with Band for Today in 2014. She has some additional experience teaching in Austin, Texas and Columbia, Missouri. Ms. Linders graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 2012 with a B.S. in music education.

Ms Linders believes that music transcends language, literacy, and economic status in its power to reach the depths of the human soul. Ms. Linders believes that by… Click here to continue reading.




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.