Bennett Konstans

Title Band Staff
Office Phone 815-753-1551

Bennett Konstans grew up in Aurora, Illinois, before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with honors in 2013 with a degree in music education (BME) and a minor in jazz studies. Konstans is also currently working towards a master's degree (MMed) from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

Primarily a music educator, Konstans currently teaches in Plainfield, Illinois, where he serves as the director of bands at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Konstans joined the staff of the NIU Huskie Marching Band in fall 2014, and has served as the director of the Huskie Pep Band since fall 2016. Along with his regular teaching schedule in Plainfield and DeKalb, Konstans is in-demand as an adjudicator, regularly working all around the Chicagoland area.

In addition to a busy teaching schedule, Konstans maintains an active and versatile schedule as a freelance trumpet player. He is a member of the Genuine Brass Quintet, the Naperville Winds, and the Andrew Blake Band, and regularly performs with a wide variety of ensembles in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Brass Band, the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble, Hip Pockit, and Modern Soul. Konstans has also previously performed with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps as a lead trumpet and soloist (2011-2012), and marched for four years in the University of Illinois Marching Illini, serving as section leader for two.

Konstans is also an active arranger and composer. His diverse portfolio includes pieces for marching, jazz, and concert bands, along with several varieties of chamber groups, and multiple different pop music groups as well.

Konstans currently lives in Naperville, Illinois. In his (very scarce) free time, Konstans enjoys traveling, golfing, petting dogs, watching stand-up comedy, and spending time with his friends and family.

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