Rachel Maxwell currently serves as the Director of Bands at Traughber Junior High School and as the Junior High Band Coordinator for the district. She has taught music education courses at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and North Central College in Naperville, IL and has been invited to be a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at a number of music camps and festivals including the Music for All National Summer Symposium, the North Carolina All-State Middle School Band, ISYM at the Univ. of Illinois, Il State Univ. Junior High Camp and several IMEA District Level Festivals.
Mrs. Maxwell attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1993 (Summa Cum Laude) with a Bachelor`s Degree in Music Education. She received a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1997. In 2003 she completed a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Aurora University. Mrs. Maxwell has also completed additional coursework in team-building, leadership and working with diverse students. Mrs. Maxwell has taught band in the West Aurora School District (1993-95) and in the Oswego School District (1995-present).
She is also a part of the team from Oswego who commissioned and premiered Sheltering Sky (2012) by John Mackey,, Sol ye Sombra (2014) by Donald Grantham, Atmosphere (2016) by Scott McAllister, Our Cast Aways (2018) Julie Giroux, and TBA (2020) David Biedenbender. She is also involved in several consortium commissions: Shubuduba (2017) by Dana Wilson, N-BEAM (2017) https://mobleyj.wixsite.com/nbeam, Frogs (2018) by Randall Standridge, Float (2019) by Roy Magnuson, Garden Suite (2020) by Randall Standridge, and Love and Light (2020) by Brian Balmages.
Under her direction, the bands at Traughber JHS have received national acclaim and have performed at The Midwest Clinic (two clinic presentations and rehearsal lab group), the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference (three formal concerts and four clinic presentations), the University of Illinois Super-state Festival and at the ASBDA National Convention.
Rachel Maxwell is a member of The National Association of Music Education, Illinois Music Educators Association, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, National Council of Supervisors of Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu and a number of honor societies. She is the author of thebandroomspage.com, a 5-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, Chicago-land Outstanding Music Educator Award, National Recipient of the Jim Ott (Drum Corps International) Scholarship, ASBDA/UMI Outstanding Young Band Director Award-Junior High Division for the North Central Region of the United States, Who`s Who Among American Teachers Award, Who`s Who Among Emerging Leaders Award, Who`s Who In American Education Award, Who`s Who Among American Women Award. She also serves on the advisory team for the dynamic professional learning Facebook site Band Directors Group; A World-Wide Professional Learning Community.