Kevin Korschgen, jazz drummer and music educator, first moved to Chicago in 1980 to join a band called “Rush Hour”. He began teaching jazz in 1983 as band director at Notre Dame High School for Boys, where he led the school’s award-winning jazz ensemble, He later developed a dynamic multi-cultural Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lake View High School, in Chicago, and has instructed jazz combos at Shell Lake Arts Center, the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and at the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts).
During a three-year sojourn to Santa Fe, NM, Mr. Korschgen served as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and as Director of Bands at Santa Fe High School. Upon returning to Chicago in 2007, he became the Principal Conductor of the Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Jazz Ensemble and currently teaches music and band at the Chicago Military Academy, Bronzeville.He is an Illinois certified teacher (Fine Arts K-12) with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (BME) and VanderCook College of Music (MME).
As a musician, Mr. Korschgen has collaborated with many of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians, and has performed with major jazz artists, trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave, and pianists, Lyle Mays and Dave Grusin. Mr. Korschgen was active in the Santa Fe jazz scene, playing free-lance drums and leading his own jazz quartet, which he began leading in 2001. He currently performs with Big Bands, Noteworthy and the Morris Ellis Orchestra, and in a newly formed jazz octet, Flugelosity, led by trumpeter, Wendell Brenner.
Mr. Korschgen enjoys composing for these ensembles and for his students, and has presented workshops in “jazz arranging” for area Chicago band directors and music instructors, on behalf of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. His arranging and jazz drumming are displayed on his own recording, First Session, The Kevin Korschgen Jazz Quartet.