Laporte Indiana Music
In his long-standing relationship with the UI Clarinet Choir, Rich Hardesty has developed a deep passion for the music of the instrument and its role in the university's music program. In addition to conducting pieces for five concert bands and the Marching Illinois, he also directs the Clarine Choirs of the UI. For over 20 years he has been an active member of the clarinet and saxophone department of the university, among other things he is the head of clarinets and a saxophone quartet.
He has performed in concerts, recitals, and master classes throughout the Midwest, and has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and other major orchestras. He also played in concert and recital groups and in a number of performances. His work has been premiered by Eastman's saxophone project and he has premiered works by John Cage, Robert Schumann, John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and John Coltrane.
He graduated from the University of Valparaiso and from the University of Rochester, where he received a Master's degree in Music Education and a Master of Music. He studied at the American Academy of Music in New York City and with John Cage, John Adams, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. With Eastman, he co-hosts a weekly reading for the orchestra and is a member of the clarinet and clarinet choirs.
As an educator, Mr. Steck holds a bachelor's degree in music education from LaPorte High School, where he taught for four years. He also worked with the wind band, directed and directed the orchestra, choir, band and orchestra of the high school and the orchestra. Joe has worked and taught at the University of Rochester, the American Academy of Music in New York City, and Eastman College.
His middle and high school groups have received gold ratings from the American Academy of Music in New York City and the National Association of Secondary School Music Educators.
Students learn many different musical styles, enjoy playing in the community, with friends and family, and have positively influenced the lives of their peers and families. It offers children the opportunity to work on music with regular rehearsal times, which is an expected part of the participation of all children.
Jim's Northern Indiana Saxophone Quartet, which he founded over 25 years ago, is a perennial favorite. Sponsored by the DAC Band, they give concerts throughout the year, play at various municipal sports events and sponsor concerts for local schools and other events.
He has played keyboard in several musicals, including the role of stage pianist Oscar, and also directed "Good Man Charlie Brown," one of the most popular children's films in the United States. He is a member of a number of other Chicago-area music groups, plays mass in local churches and high schools, and accompanies them on lectures, festivals, and recordings. He began playing keyboards at the age of 16 in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, as well as in other cities and states.
After a long career in the trumpet department, he took over the direction of the town band La Porte in 2013. He has also been a member of several orchestras in Chicago, as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and an associate professor at the University of Chicago School of Music.
In 2006 he was named Outstanding Indiana Bandmaster by the Indiana State Bandmasters Association and in 2007 by the National Association of Musicians (NAMM). He was a finalist for the 2008 U.S. Army Band Master of the Year Award and received an Indiana Music Award from the University of Chicago School of Music in 2009.
Jim graduated from LaPorte High School and also earned his master of music degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is a member of the Indiana State Bandmasters' Association and the National Association of Musicians (NAMM) and has taught music for over 30 years, starting in New York City before moving to Northwest Indiana in 1995 when he worked with Northwest Indiana CYO. Since his visit to La Porte in 2006, he has accompanied more than 1,000 students from all over Indiana and the United States.
In the 1980s, Lafayette music scene was populated by bands like Stone Soup (with Carrie Newcomer) and Styff Kytten, which featured Shannon Hoon (later Blind Melon), and in the 1990s, Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose, who later formed Hollywood Rose and Guns N 'Roses. Both bands have caused various controversies throughout their careers, captivating the punk scene in Indiana and often dwarfing their music. Eleanor is a member of the La Porte community, including as a member of the LaPorte First United choir, where she sings and sits on the board of trustees, and is a member of Wesley Ann Circle.