Chris Dandeles has been a member of the Waubonsie Valley High School Music Faculty since 2003. Prior to teaching at Waubonsie Valley, he was Director of Bands at Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, IL. Mr. Dandeles earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and his Master's Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University.
Mr. Dandeles currently directs the Waubonsie Valley Symphonic Band, co-directs the Warrior Pep Band, and assists with the Waubonsie Valley Marching Warriors. He is also the director of the Waubonsie Valley Percussion Ensemble and World Beat, which he founded in 2003. Since its inception the WVHS Percussion Ensemble has performed at the Illinois Music Educators Conference, VanderCook Day of Percussion, Illinois Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Indiana University, Humboldt Community Christian School, DuPage Children's Museum, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in addition to the Annual WVHS Spring Percussion Concert and Schlagzeugfest.
As a percussionist, Mr. Dandeles has promoted the advancement of percussion education throughout his career, with a focus on developing total-percussionists. He recently completed and self-published The Compleat Percussionist, a 600+ page method book of graduated exercises, etudes and solos for the major areas of percussion. Mr. Dandeles has also founded area summer percussion camps as well as help organize and support trips to PASIC for area high school percussionists.
Mr. Dandeles continues to perform in his school and community, especially as a member of the West-suburban marimba quartet Rosewooden Carols. He has also recently performed with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Fox Valley Orchestra, and Fox Valley Concert Band. Mr. Dandeles is also active as a clinician, adjudicator, composer and consultant.
Mr. Dandeles lives in Aurora with his wife Amy, their daughter Annika, and son Henry.