ABOUT THE NMB
The Normal Community and Normal West High School Bands are the proud producers of the NORMAL MARCHING BAND!
The NORMAL MARCHING BAND continues the rich traditions of excellence previously established at Normal West and Normal Community High Schools. The group represents our schools, school district, and community on the local, regional, and national stages.
We are excited about the team-building, collaboration, and leadership opportunities available to students in this larger group. Participating students develop self-discipline as well as musical and marching skills as a part of a high caliber band, drum line, front ensemble, and color guard. We feel very strongly about the quality of the young adults that participate in our marching programs, and we are excited to invite you to participate! The experience will be one to remember for a lifetime!
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Ryan Budzinski received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2006 and has since completed graduate level courses at the VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL), Illinois State University (Normal, IL), the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Carleton College (Northfield, MN), and The Juilliard School (New York, NY). He has taught in the Unit 5 Schools since 2006. Mr. Budzinski currently conducts the Normal West High School Wind Symphony and Saxophone Ensemble as well as the Normal Community High School Symphonic Band. He is the director of the Normal West Jazz Orchestra and the head of instrumental jazz studies at Normal West. Additionally, he teaches AP Music Theory and serves as the Normal West High School Music Department Building Chair. Mr. Budzinski is co-director of the Normal Marching Band, and he has written drill for the Normal Marching Band (since 2018), the Normal West High School Marching Band (2010-2017), the Olympia High School Marching Band (since 2010), and segments for the Normal Community High School Marching Band. Mr. Budzinski was selected by the Normal West High School student body as the recipient of the Teacher Honor Roll Award in the spring of 2008. Prior to his appointment at Normal West High School, Mr. Budzinski held the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Normal Community High School. Mr. Budzinski has served as an adjudicator at events hosted by the Illinois High School Association, the Illinois Music Education Association, the Illinois Elementary School Association, and the Illinois Grade School Music Association. Previously, he was a volunteer at the Bands of America Summer Symposium, the student director of the IWU Titan Athletic Bands, and Drum Major of the Lincoln-Way Marching Band for their Illinois State University Grand Championship and appearance in the 111th Tournament of Roses Parade. He is professionally affiliated with the National Association for Music Education, and he serves as the Illinois Music Education Association District 3 Band Co-Representative.
Lance Meadows received his Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University. He began his teaching career in 1987 as the Director of Bands for the Polo Community Unit Schools in Polo, Illinois. In 1989 he came to Normal Community High School as an Assistant Director and became Director of Bands in 2003. He is currently the conductor of the Normal Community High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Winds and Concert Band. He also directs various ensembles throughout the year, including the flute choir, clarinet choir, woodwind choir, brass choir, percussion ensemble and sponsors the winter guard. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands, The Citrus Parade, the Fiesta Bowl, the Outback Bowl, and Walt Disney World. His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Illinois Music Education Association - where he served as the District 3 Band Representative - and the National Association for Music Education.
Lisa Preston has been a high school band director for over thirty years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut where she studied under renowned conductor, Gary Green. She is currently the conductor of the Normal West High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band. She is co-director of the Normal Marching Band, and she has completed musical arrangements for the Normal West Marching Band, Normal Community Marching Band, and other schools outside of Illinois. Marching Bands under her direction have been Bands of America Regional Class Champions, Regional Finalists, and Grand National Semifinalists. Ms. Preston is the chapter adviser for the Normal West Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Ms. Preston served as the Normal West Music Department Chairperson from 1995-2004. Ms. Preston has received the "Teacher of the Year" award from the Normal West High School Future Teachers' Club, and has four times received the Student Council "Teacher Recognition" award. Under her direction, the Normal West High School Bands have received five Mayoral Proclamations from the Town of Normal for excellence in both marching and concert bands. Prior to her appointment at Normal West, Ms. Preston taught at Normal Community High School and Danville High School (IL). Ms. Preston has received ten Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association for appearances at the University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival. Under her direction, the Normal West HS Wind Ensemble has performed at the All-State Illinois Music Education Conference three times. She has guest conducted the Olympia High School Band, the Heyworth High School Band, the Miami Killian Senior High School Band, the Western Illinois University Summer Camp Band, the SIU-E Bi-State Honor Band, the Prairie Wind Ensemble, and the Illinois Wesleyan University Symphonic Winds. She is professionally affiliated with the National Association for Music Education, and she serves as the Illinois Music Education Association District 3 Band Co-Representative.