Kevin Korschgen
BIO

Kevin Korschgen, jazz drummer and music educator, first moved to Chicago in 1980 to join a band called “Rush Hour”. He began teaching jazz in 1983 as band director at Notre Dame High School for Boys, where he led the school’s award-winning jazz ensemble, He later developed a dynamic multi-cultural Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lake View High School, in Chicago, and has instructed jazz combos at Shell Lake Arts Center, the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and at the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts). During a three-year sojourn to Santa Fe, NM, Mr. Korschgen served as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and as Director of Bands at Santa Fe High School. Upon returning to Chicago in 2007, he became the Principal Conductor of the Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Jazz Ensemble, and taught at the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts). He is an Illinois certified teacher (Fine Arts K-12) with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (BME) and VanderCook College of Music (MME). As a musician, Mr. Korschgen has collaborated with many of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians, and has performed with major jazz artists, trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave, and pianist, Lyle Mays. Mr. Korschgen was active in the Santa Fe jazz scene, playing free-lance drums and leading his own jazz quartet. Upon returning to Chicago he performed with Big Bands, Noteworthy and the Morris Ellis Orchestra, and in a jazz octet, The Sidemen, led by trumpeter, Wendell Brenner. Mr. Korschgen enjoys composing and arranging for these ensembles, as well as for his students, for which he has penned more than 20 big band charts. On behalf of the Jazz Institute of Chicago he has presented workshops in “jazz arranging” for Madison, WI and Chicago Public Schools band directors and music instructors. His arranging and jazz drumming are displayed on his own recording, First Session, The Kevin Korschgen Jazz Quartet. Mr. Korschgen, recently retired from the Chicago Public Schools, now resides in Greenville, SC with his wife, Pamela. He looks forward to teaching, writing, and performing in the Greenville/Asheville vicinity of the Carolinas.

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