De Stefano is Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School
in Skokie, Illinois and Director of the Wind Ensemble at
the University of Chicago. Under his direction, the McCracken
Middle School Symphonic Band has performed at the Midwest
Clinic and has made multiple appearances at the IMEA All-State
Conference, University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band
Festival, and NAfME North Central Division Conference. In
2007, the McCracken Symphonic Band was awarded the prestigious
Sudler Silver Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
De Stefano received both his Bachelor of Music in Trombone
Performance and Master of Music Education Degrees from Northwestern
University. His professional affiliations include the NAfME,
IMEA, the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA),
the National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
De Stefano is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor,
and adjudicator. He has conducted honor bands and festivals
in Singapore, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, and throughout
Illinois. In addition, he has presented conference sessions
at the Midwest Clinic and several state conferences. Mr.
De Stefano is a recipient of multiple National Band Association
Citations of Excellence. He was awarded the Chicagoland
Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara
Buehlmann Young Conductor Award in 2004, and the IGSMA Cloyd
Meyers Memorial Award in 2011.