Ensemble Directors

Saxophonist, composer and conductor Jeff Ford received his education from Western Illinois University (BA) and DePaul University (MM).  Jeff spent 29 years conducting and teaching in the Music department at Waubonsee Community College retiring in 2014.  His saxophone playing has been heard in 14 states, Canada and Europe.  Jeff has been recorded on 8 CD's featuring many of his 12 compositions.  He currently owns and operates Jeff Ford Woodwind Repair, a business he established 20 years ago specializing in the repair and restoration of musical instruments.  Most recently Jeff is proud of his appointment as music director of the Fox Valley Jazz Big Band.

Andrew Hix has a diverse musical range having performed and recorded with artists in both Chicago and Los Angeles. He toured throughout the U.S. and Canada playing with several name acts including The Diamonds, The Coasters, Little Anthony, Del Shannon, and The Platters. Hix works extensively in the jazz clubs of Chicago, including the Apollo Theatre. In addition to performing, Andrew is co-owner of the Hix Brothers Music stores in Batavia and Aurora, IL, where he also serves as percussion faculty. Hix is a graduate of DePaul University School of Music.

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