Kenneth Snoeck earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Central Michigan University. He has been teaching for thirty-five years at both the university and public school levels, the last twenty-three at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble has been a University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival participant four times. In 1997 the Lake Park concert bands traveled to Moscow, Russia, and performed in joint and combined concerts with the Band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000 the band did a tour of France including a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon.
The Lake Park Marching Band has been State of Illinois class champion twenty times, State Grand Champion thirteen times, BOA Grand Nationals finalist eighteen times, class AAA Champion twice and BOA Grand Champion in 1996.
Mr. Snoeck’s marching bands from Bridgeport, Michigan, were finalists in the first three Bands of America (then Marching Bands of America) Nationals, 1976-78. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Ken and his wife Pamela were clinicians for Bands of America’s “Weekend with the Experts” clinic program, presenting hands-on “how-to” programs for band directors in several states. In 1980 he served as adjudication coordinator for Bands of America, writing the first judge’s handbook and interpretation documents. He has also served several terms as a member of the BOA contest advisory commission.
Mr. Snoeck is also an arranger and composer. His composition “Scaramouch,” Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion was voted “…best original manuscript for band for the biennium 1971-1973” by the membership of the College Band Directors National Association.