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Glenn has been a judge since 2017

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Glenn Williams

Bitter Jester Music Festival Judge

It should be said right off the bat that Glenn Williams was Bitter Jester Music Fest Founder Nicolas DeGrazia's high school band director and, as such, is partly to blame for this entire enterprise. Beyond that...

Glenn is Fine Arts Department Chairman at South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois. Besides instructional leadership duties with visual art and music at South High School, he also teaches Jazz Lab Band and Wind Symphony.  Mr. Williams has held similar positions in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Highland Park, Illinois. In addition to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Mr. Williams spends time in the summer on the brass/jazz faculty of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic. In the summer of 2014 and again in 2017 Mr. Williams tours Europe with the BLFAC International Jazz Ensemble.

As a professional performer, Glenn has performed with numerous entertainment and jazz luminaries, including The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, and the Blue Lake Faculty Jazz Sextet.  He has also performed with numerous community ensembles including the North Shore Concert Band directed by John Paynter.  Henow is a member of the music ministry at Four Corners Community Church in Downers Grove, where he serves as an elder in the church community.

Glenn is in demand as a clinician/adjudicator in throughout the Midwest, having recently judged regional and state festivals in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.  Mr. Williams has presented clinics at multiple state and national conventions, including conducting the Illinois All-State Jazz Band in January of 2014. He is a recipient of the 2017 Mary Hoffman Award of Teaching Excellence in Music Education from the Illinois Music Education Association. 

A native of Aurora, Colorado, Glenn holds music education degrees from Indiana University, Northwestern University and a degree in Instructional Leadership from Concordia University-Chicago.  MHehas also completed coursework towards a DMA in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in November 2009. Glenn resides in Downers Grove with his wife, Terri.

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