Marty Magnini, Conductor

Conductor Marty Magnini

Marty Magnini studied clarinet performance and conducting at the University of Illinois in Champaign and Roosevelt University, and his teachers have included Walter Wollwage of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Melvin Warner of the St Louis Symphony. Marty has played clarinet and bass clarinet with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, as a substitute with the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and has also traveled throughout the Midwest playing piano, brass and woodwind instruments and singing in nightclubs.

After 15 years of performing, Marty graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University, got his master’s degree from North Central College, and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree from Kent State University. Marty is currently the band director at Cary-Grove High School where he conducts the concert bands, jazz ensemble, and marching band, and teaches music appreciation and music theory. Marty and his wife Julie live in Cary with their daughter Toni and son Miles.

Don Ehrensperger, Conductor Emeritus

Conductor Don Ehrensperger

Don Ehrensperger graduated from Northwestern University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Music Degree. He studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Czichowitz of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He taught at Cary Grove High School in Cary, Illinois, from 1963 to 1993 where his Marching, Concert and Jazz bands won acclaim throughout the area. A clinician and adjudicator in Illinois and Wisconsin, he is a member of numerous Musical Associations. Mr. Ehrensperger has conducted the Crystal Lake Community Band since 1986, leading the group throughout the area and abroad to Italy and Germany as well as performances in Alaska.