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David Maccabee
David Maccabee




David Maccabee was Director of Bands at United Township High School from 1986-2016. He previously taught in the Geneseo and Nokomis, Illinois, school systems. At United Township High School, he was director of all instrumental music ensembles, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and pep band. During Mr. Maccabee’s tenure, enrollment in the UTHS Band program has grown from 100 to nearly 170 members. Mr. Maccabee was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He moved to Illinois at age 16, and graduated from J.D. Darnell High School in Geneseo, Illinois. In 1982, he received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Augustana College in Illinois. He received his master’s degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music Education in 1989. David Maccabee is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country. He has conducted numerous summer band camps, including Western Illinois University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Illinois. Mr. Maccabee has also served the Illinois Music Educators Association as Division Chair, All-State auditioner, and the IMEA Mentoring Council. His professional affiliations include the United Township Education Association, the National Education Association, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the National Band Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Maccabee has received citations for excellence from the city of East Moline, the East Moline Rotary Club, John Deere and Co., United Township High School, and Western Illinois University. In addition, he has received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on 6 different occasions. Under Mr. Maccabee’s direction, the United Township High School Symphonic Band earned a national reputation for excellence, performing at such prestigious events as the Bands of America National Festival (4 times), the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Music Convention, the Western Illinois University Band Showcase, and on numerous occasions at the prestigious University of Illinois Super-state Band Festival. In 1998, Mr. Maccabee became the first recipient of the “Dr. Victor Zajec Award”, given to him in recognition of the United Township High School Symphonic Band performance at the 1998 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention. In 2000, Mr. Maccabee was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association. David is currently a co-Director of Bands at in the Palos Verdes High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and serves as a program consultant.