Mr. Bryan Itzkowitz
Bryan Itzkowitz started his work at Holmes Middle School in the Fall of 2005. Mr. Itzkowitz teaches the Sixth Grade Band and Jazz Band at Holmes Middle School as well as the Fifth Grade Beginning Band students from Whitman, Twain, and Frost Elementary Schools. Mr. Itzkowitz first became interested in music while he was very young. His father worked at the Ravinia Music Festival and would take him to many concerts each year, giving him the chance to meet many famous musicians and conductors, including Ramsey Lewis and Erich Kunzel.
In addition to his responsibilities at Holmes, Mr. Itzkowitz is the ILMEA District 7 Junior Jazz Representative, he is the Assistant Marching Band Director of the Maine South Marching Band, and he directs the Maine South Jazz Band.
When Mr. Itzkowitz was in fifth grade, he started playing the saxophone at Cooper Middle School, under the direction of Mr. Jack Majure. He then went on to Buffalo Grove High School and continued studying the saxophone under Mr. Ed Jacobi, participating in all Jazz Ensembles and Symphonic Bands along the way. It is there where Mr. Itzkowitz made many life-long friends.
Bands under Mr. Itzkowitz's direction have been recognized locally as well as internationally. The Jazz Ensemble has come in first place at both the Northshore Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2017 as well as at Jazz in the Meadows in 2017. In 2015, the Jazz Ensemble performed at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria, Illinois and was recognized by DownBeat Magazine as an Outstanding Performance winner. In 2016, the Jazz Combo received the DownBeat Magazine Outstanding Performance recognition. In 2016, the Jazz Ensemble performed at prestigious The Midwest Clinic. In 2018, Mr. Itzkowitz received the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award.
Mr. Itzkowitz received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Spring of 2005. While at Illinois, Mr. Itzkowitz studied saxophone with Professor Debra Richtmeyer and played in Symphonic Band I, II, various saxophone quartets, and Jazz Ensembles II and III. Mr. Itzkowitz also was a member of the Marching Illini. Mr. Itzkowitz received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University River-Forest in the Spring of 2007. He has been a guest lecturer at VanderCook College of Music, discussing ways to maximize student achievement while accommodating diverse needs of the community.
Mr. Itzkowitz enjoys spending his summers abroad. He has traveled throughout Australia and also spent a month and a half in Costa Rica studying Spanish. He also has spent two months in Peru, learning to salsa dance, practicing his Spanish, and listening to some great Latin music. Most recently, he visited Iceland, Sweden, and Norway. Mr. Itzkowitz currently lives in Park Ridge with his wonderful wife Paula and their dog, Choclo.