New Trier High School
Matt Temple was appointed Director of Bands at New Trier High School in 2007. He conducts the curricular Freshman Concert Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as the extracurricular Pep Band and Pit Orchestra for Fresh/Soph Musical. In 2008, he wrote a comprehensive wind ensembles curriculum that guides student instruction throughout the program. Mr. Temple earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in wind conducting from Eastern Illinois University. He also completed an additional master’s degree in educational leadership through Aurora University.
Under Mr. Temple’s direction, the New Trier Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2012 Midwest Clinic, the 2010 Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands, the 2009 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and the 2008 and 2009 University of Illinois Superstate Festivals. In 2014, the New Trier band department received national recognition as an inaugural recepient of the “Blue Ribbon Award” for Programs of Excellence from the National Band Association. Prior to his appointment at New Trier, Mr. Temple served as the Fine Arts Chair at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, from 2000-2007, and as the music director at Flora High School from 1994-1998.
Mr. Temple has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence seven times and has appeared numerous times in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He is a Contributing Editor for The Instrumentalist and recently completed a four year term on the Advisory Committee for the Music Educator’s Journal . Mr. Temple is a co-founding member of the Illinois committee for Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP). He also serves as a high school representative on the Board of Directors for the National Band Association.
In December, 2014, he presented a clinic session entitled, “Literature and Concert Programming: Improving Student Learning through the Music” at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has previously presented clinic sessions at the Indiana and Illinois State Music Conferences including, ” Student-Centered Instruction in a Band Rehearsal,” ” Writing Innovative Curricula for Performance-Based Classes,” and “The Impact of Music Selection on Student Learning.” Mr. Temple has also presented at Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Ball State University. He frequently serves as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the state of Illinois and beyond.