Terry Grossberg studied music education and conducting at Indiana University in Bloomington under the tutelage of Dr. Ray E. Cramer. He performed on trumpet with the Marching Hundred, the Jazz Ensemble with David Baker, the Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wind Ensemble and was lucky enough to be chosen to perform at the ABA/JBA Convention in Japan in 1984.
After four years of teaching in and around the city of Chicago, he took the job of Director of Bands at Waukegan High School. Terry’s WHS band earned Division I Ratings at IHSA Contests and the jazz band was selected as the performing ensemble at the National School Board Convention in San Diego. In addition to three ensemble bands, Terry directed the marching, jazz, pit, and pep ensembles and taught in the classroom, including Fine Arts, Music Theory, and Special Education Music Classes.
In 2002 he joined the staff of Deerfield School District 109 where he was a band and jazz band director. In 2016 he added Instrumental Music Department Chairperson to his duties until his retirement in June of 2022.
Mr. Grossberg became Conductor of Crystal Lake Community Band in August 2022.
Mike Polyack is a 1973 graduate of Cary-Grove High School, where he played under the direction of Don Ehrensperger. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Millikin University and Master of Management from Northwestern University. Mike taught band for two years at Rockford West High School and one year in Cary Elementary School District 26, before making a career change to the IT industry, from which he has since retired. He has enjoyed playing in the Crystal Lake Community Band since 2001. He plays bass trombone with the Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands, sings with the Chicagoland Voices choir, and is very active in the music ministry at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Cary. Mike lives in Cary with his wife Theresa. They have four children: Kathryn, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Rebecca.
Marty Magnini studied clarinet performance and conducting at the University of Illinois in Champaign and Roosevelt University. His teachers included Walter Wollwage of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Melvin Warner of the St. Louis Symphony. Marty has played clarinet with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera Orchestra. After 15 years of performing, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Northern Illinois University. He also completed a Master’s Degree in education from North Central College, and a Master’s Degree in music from Kent State University. Marty taught at Cary-Grove High School from 1995 to 2022, where he conducted the concert bands, jazz ensemble, and marching band. He was a member of CLCB for over 30 years, as a musician, Assistant Conductor, and then Conductor from 2010 to 2022.
Don Ehrensperger graduated from Northwestern University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Music Degree. He studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Czichowitz of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He taught at Cary Grove High School in Cary, Illinois, from 1963 to 1993 where his Marching, Concert and Jazz bands won acclaim throughout the area. A clinician and adjudicator in Illinois and Wisconsin, he is a member of numerous Musical Associations. Mr. Ehrensperger conducted the Crystal Lake Community Band from 1986 to 2010, leading the group throughout the area and abroad to Italy and Germany as well as performances in Alaska