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Staff

David Eisenreich - Curricular Percussion Instructor

Email: eisenreich333@gmail.com
Phone: (724) 316-2782

David Eisenreich first joined the staff at Evanston Township High School in 2013-2014, and then returned to the position in 2016. Assisting in all things percussion, he directs the drumline and percussion ensemble, teaches private lessons, and oversees the maintenance of the percussion inventory.

 

Born in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, David began his percussion studies with Paul Evans, David Throckmorton and Dr. David Glover. He received his bachelor's of music degree from Rutgers University, studying with She-e Wu, Chris Deviney and Alan Abel, and his master's of music degree from Northwestern University, as a student of She-e Wu, James Ross, Ruben Alvarez and Willie Jones III. Post graduation, David participated in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago's two-year fellowship, under the guidance of James Ross and Cynthia Yeh.

 

David has made Chicago his home, working as a freelance performer and educator. In addition to his role at Evanston Township High School, he is on adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, and also serves as the percussion coordinator and instrument technician for the university.

Brian Gephart - Jazz Saxophone

Email: brian@briangephart.com
Phone: (847) 212-3872

Brian Gephart is a jazz tenor player and composer in the Chicago area.  He has been a member of the ETHS Jazz combo faculty since 2010 and teaches several of our jazz saxophonists.

Lorenzo Medrano - Color Guard

Email: lorenzoman@msn.com
Phone: (323) 422-6066

Lorenzo Medrano has a degree in theatre with extensive training in dance. He has continually had the pleasure of working with championship bands, drum corps, and dance teams from throughout the United States and Canada for the last 25+ years. He has performed in musicals and dramatic theatre, appeared on television and film, writes plays, and paints on canvas. Lorenzo has worked in show production, consultation and color guard design for such award winning groups as: The Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band, Spring High School Marching Band, Steven F. Austin High School Marching Band, Prospect High School Marching Band, and many more.

Peter Roothaan - Jazz Saxophone

Email: proothaan@gmail.com
Phone: (847) 644-3449

Jazz saxophonist Peter Roothaan is equally comfortable on tenor and alto saxophones.

 

He has performed alongside (and learned from) many of the greats of jazz saxophone, including James Moody, David “Fathead” Newman, Bennie Golson, Jimmy Heath, Hank Crawford, Von Freeman, Bobby Watson, and Donald Harrison.

 

He has performed with legendary jazz singers such as Nancy Wilson and Freddie Cole, guitarist Henry Johnson, organist Chris Foreman, drummer Greg Rockingham, and many others.

Appearances include Ravinia, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Millenium Park, the Ocho Rios Jazz Fest in Jamaica, The Jazz Cruise, and at nationally recognized jazz clubs.

 

In addition to his duties at ETHS as Assistant Jazz Band Director, Mr. Roothaan is the Jazz Band Director at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield Illinois.

 

Mr. Roothaan maintains a private teaching studio in Evanston Illinois. He teaches jazz saxophone, jazz theory and performance, and methods of improvisation. His understanding of teaching and performing jazz is enhanced by his jazz piano skills, allowing him to effectively accompany students when working on musical ideas and skills, and to demonstrate various aspects of the jazz language. He also plays flute, clarinet, drum set, and guitar.