Jim Stombres

Posted May 20, 2019

St. Charles, IL

Jim Stombres taught for 37 years and is in his sixth year of retirement as Band Director at St. Charles North High School. He is currently an adjunct professor and co-director of the Symphonic Band at Wheaton College.

Mr. Stombres holds a Diploma in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute, a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Illinois State University, and a Masters in Music Education from Northwestern University. He has been active in the Illinois Music Educators Association, and served as All-State Jazz Audition Chairman for 25 years. He has served as ILMEA Jazz Chair for District I, VII, and IX.

Mr. Stombres completed the third trip to Germany in March of 1997 with the Jazz Ensemble from Naperville North High School, and performed at the 1997 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic with the Naperville North Wind Ensemble and colleague Brian Wis. He traveled to Germany in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2014 with colleague John Wojciechowski and the St. Charles North Jazz Workshop. The St. Charles North Jazz Workshop, with colleague Mark Dahl, was selected as a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Competition, performing at the Lincoln Center in May of 2004, and with colleague John Wojciechowski in 2011. They were also selected to perform at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2006 and 2011. They performed at the 2007 IAJE Conference in New York, and the 2008 and 2013 ILMEA All-State Conference.

Mr. Stombres has been a guest director for many District level ILMEA Festivals, and conducted the 1999 All-State Jazz Band. He was the recipient of the 2018 John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award. 2022 is Stombres’ 34th season with Birch Creek.

Stombres is also a co-director of Birch Creek’s Wind Ensemble Retreat (formerly Adult Band Camp).