David Gear is a Schaumburg resident and teacher in School District #54. He holds a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and has completed post-graduate studies at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. David has been teaching band to students in Schaumburg since 1992. During his tenure in District #54 he has taught full time at Keller Jr. High and throughout the years has traveled to 9 other schools in the district to teach band to elementary students. He was also the co-founder of the district jazz band that represents students from all of the junior high schools. David is a long time staff member for the annual Schaumburg eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. He has also toured Europe multiple times as a staff member with the Illinois Ambassadors of Music, providing high school students, from around the entire state, the opportunity to tour and perform in nine European countries. He has dedicated his career to guiding students through educational and inspirational activities.
SPRING VALLEY CONCERT BAND
ALL ABOUT US
Our purpose is to bring together musicians who enjoy playing music with audiences who enjoy listening to the music that only a concert band can offer. We rehearse at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:30.
Our repertoire includes classical, contemporary, show tunes, and ethnic/folk music. We enjoy performing patriotic tributes, overtures, marches, polkas, big band swing, novelty pieces and seasonal favorites. We try to choose selections that will appeal to our diverse audience members, and we often feature guest artists.
The members of the Spring Valley Concert Band volunteer a combined total of over 5,000 hours a year preparing for performances, and we were recognized as the 2004 "Volunteer-of-the-Year" organization by the Village of Schaumburg for our efforts to share our music with the "forgotten" residents of Veterans hospitals and senior nursing/rehab centers.
A native of Illinois who lives in Chicago, Sean Sroka received his Bachelor of Music degree (cum laude) from Northern Illinois University and his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Concordia University Chicago. During his time at NIU, he performed and was involved in numerous ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, The Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Huskie Marching Band, in which he served as drum major for three years. He also served as the President of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference chapter at NIU. Sean is currently teaching instrumental music in Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54. Previously, he was the Band Director for The South Holland School District 150 in South Holland, Illinois. Prior to that, he had his student teaching experience at the extremely active William Fremd High School band program in Palatine, Illinois, which included being invited to conduct their top wind band at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Sean is also an avid Winterguard performer and has competed at the Winter Guard International level as well as taught numerous color and winter guards throughout the years.
In addition to his full-time teaching career, Sean serves as a soldier-musician in the United States Army, holding the rank of Sergeant, and is attached to the 132nd Army National Guard Band stationed in Madison, Wisconsin. He is extremely proud to be able to give back to his country with his talents and gifts. Sean holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, The Illinois Educators Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Spring Valley Concert Band
WHO WE ARE:
An all adult, not for profit, community band founded in 1994. This is the only band of its kind in the area.
NOT FOR PROFIT:
Bona fide not-for-profit corporation with an IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt determination. Bylaws are here .
Classical, contemporary, show tunes, and ethnic/folk music.
Recognized as the 2004 "Volunteer-of-the-Year" organization by the Village of Schaumburg