A native Chicagoan, Greg Scapillato currently serves as a member of the music faculty at Northbrook District 28 (IL), recently designated as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. He conducts the Wind Ensemble and 6th grade jazz band, along with teaching band lessons for grades 4-8. The NBJH Wind Ensemble, under Mr. Scapillato’s direction, has benefitted from meaningful performance opportunities, including joint concerts with other middle school bands, service-based performances such as Veterans’ Day Ceremonies, and sharing the stage with outstanding community and brass bands. Mr. Scapillato initiated the bi-annual NBJH Bands Alumni Concert to connect current NBJH band students to the life-long love of music performance. The most recent Alumni Concert hosted graduates from across a 40+ year span.
In addition to his music-related pursuits, Mr. Scapillato actively hones his technology “chops”, especially pertaining to the classroom. Greg is proud to have been a Specialist with Apple for several years, making new technology accessible to individuals with a wide range of expertise. He regularly serves on various District 28 committees and initiatives related to technology integration in the classroom. Mr. Scapillato has also spearheaded the technology and logistics rollout for live-streaming HD video of District 28’s music events, as well as managing the editing, broadcast, and archiving of performance footage.
Mr. Scapillato holds degrees from St. Norbert College, Western Illinois University, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with additional graduate coursework through VanderCook College of Music. He is a member of Illinois Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, and the National Band Association. Greg is a founder and coordinator of the Music for All Middle School Concert Band Camp, part of the Music for All Summer Symposium held on the campus of Ball State University. He has previously served Music for All as a member and coordinator of the SWAG Team, and as a full-time staff member. He calls Arlington Heights, Illinois home with his wife, son, and an incorrigible Golden Retriever.