Miss Carolyn Awe, Ms. Elise Matusek and Mr. Greg Zalapi
Woodland Middle School
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Bands
856-3661; 856-3670; 856-3447 respectively
Miss Awe directs Symphonic Band 2 and Jazz Band. She also co-directs
the Marching Wildcat Band.
-Miss Awe completed her Masters in Music Education at VanderCook College of
Music in July 2008. She also obtained her Bachelors Degree in Music Education
from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
--Miss Awe plays clarinet in the North Suburban Wind Ensemble.
--Miss Awe also plays in pit orchestras whenever the opportunity arises.
Ms. Matusek directs Symphonic Band 1 and the Marching Wildcat Band.
-Ms Matusek received her Master's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook
College of Music in Chicago. She also received her Bachelor's degree in
Music Ed from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
--Ms Matusek is an avid marching band teacher, continuing to participate in
the Marching Illini alumni band each year for Homecoming.
--Ms Matusek is also a memeber of the Palatine Concert Band where she plays
bassoon. PCB plays 4 indoor and 5 outdoor concerts each year.
Mr Zalapi co-directs the Marching Wildcat Band. He then works with
the 6th grade bands until marching season is over. Once marching season is
complete, Mr Z directs Concert Bands 1 and 2.
Mr. Zalapi received his BA in Music Education from the U of MN-Morris and a
Master's of Music Education from the VanderCook College of Music. Prior to
WMS he spent 9 years at Prairie Central JH where the Concert and Jazz Bands
received Division 1 ratings 9 straight years as well as many other awards.
He has served on the Music Advisory Board for the IESA and as the Junior Jazz
Chair for IMEA District 3. He has also spent a great deal of time in the
marching band world and currently enjoys working with the 'ginourmous' Warren
Marching Blue Devils. As a trumpet player, Mr. Zalapi has performed with
groups such as the Heartland Jazz Orchestra, 1996 Phantom Regiment, Brass
Band of Central Illinois, and currently with the College of Lake County Wind