Bios

Gregory A. Wojcik, Director

Greg Wojcik has been a director of the Glenview Concert Band since January 2012. Previously, Greg served as assistant director to the Band. He began his musical career at Lane Tech High School under the direction of Maurice Golden. Mr. Golden was inspirational in leading him toward music as a profession. His formal training on the trombone began under the influential guidance of Mr. Richard Schmitt of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Greg holds a deep appreciation to these fine music educators for the inspiration they gave. Mr. Wojcik’s professional performing career started at age 16 when he joined the Chicago Federation of Musicians. Schedule permitting, he still performs throughout the city in many various venues and idioms today.

Greg earned a B.A. in Secondary Music Education from Northeastern Illinois University under the guidance of Dr. Edgar Gangware. Upon completion of his student teaching at Glenbrook South High School, Mr. Wojcik was hired at GBS. With Mr. Peter Pappas as his friend and mentor, Greg worked side by side as assistant director for 14 great years. In 1994, upon Pete Pappas’ retirement, Mr. Wojcik was appointed the ultimate leadership role as Director of Bands at GBS. Under Mr. Wojcik’s direction, the band has continued to travel throughout the United States consistently receiving superior ratings.

In 2000, Greg had the honor of being chosen as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Glenbrook South High School. His professional affiliations include IMEA, MENC, IAJE, NBA, NEA, and the CF of M. Mr. Wojcik was the 2010 recipient of the Illinois Music Educators Association’s “Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence.” Greg and the GBS Band act as hosts of one of the finest jazz festivals in the area every January at GBS – the Northshore Jazz Fest. Mr. Wojcik guest conducts and adjudicates for festivals and clinics throughout the area. Greg is currently assisting Mr. Ken Bartosz in conducting the Glenview Concert Band. He has touched thousands of lives over his 31 years at GBS, and is loved by students, faculty, and colleagues.

Dick Schory

Dick Schory has earned a distinguished international reputation as an award winning percussionist; composer/arranger/conductor, recording, TV, film, video producer, author, audio pioneer, music publisher, educator, and business executive.  An Honors Graduate of the Northwestern University School of Music, Schory performed as a studio musician/composer/arranger/conductor/producer in Chicago, New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles and as a percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under musical director Fritz Reiner.  Dick is the recipient of numerous music and entertainment industry awards including 7 Grammy nominations from the Academy of Recording Arts and Science and gold/platinum albums from RIAA for his 18 RCA Victor and Ovation recordings.

Mr. Schory is currently the founder and CEO of OVATION Global Media; Media Center Associates; and The Institute for Media the Arts and Education.

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