Mike Knauf teaches woodwind students of all levels from beginner to advanced level at the Players Bench Music Store in Crystal Lake, IL. Mike is available to teach Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Oboe.
Mike received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has taught instrumental music and private lessons at the Elementary, Junior High, High School, and College levels in the Chicago area for the past 25 years.
Mike’s performance credentials include performances with Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Dorsey, Tom Scott, The Temptations, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, The Las Vegas Rat Pack Show, Frank Mantooth, The Ringling Brothers Circus and many others. In the Chicago areas he has also performed with the John Burnett Orchestra, Bill O’ Connell Big Band, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Mike has also performed in many musicals and shows in Europe, the Caribbean, and a USO tour to Cuba. Mike has also been a featured guest artist with many Chicago area school groups and a featured soloist with the world renowned, St. Charles Singers.
Mike is currently a freelance woodwind artist in the Chicago area and leading his own jazz quartet. He is also a member of the Park Avenue Orchestra, which performs for many private and corporate events in the Chicago area and the Midwest.
In addition, Mike is a woodwind instructor and directs the jazz program at St. Giles School in Oak Park, IL. Mike has been teaching at the Player’s Bench since 1989. He maintains a very busy teaching schedule and accepts students of all levels, beginner thru advanced.
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