Phone: 309-828-5201, x6319
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music Education, University of Illinois, 2001 Master of Arts, Music Education and Wind Band Conducting, University of Iowa, 2013 Additional Coursework, Vandercook College of Music
Mr. Max E. Chernick, Director of Bands
Mr. Chernick is currently in his fifteenth year as Director of Bands at Bloomington High School, where he oversees a comprehensive program of two concert ensembles, marching band, and various extracurricular ensembles, representing nearly fifteen percent of the student body. Prior to his arrival at Bloomington, he served as Director of Bands at Killingly High School in Danielson, Connecticut.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Chernick earned his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where his undergraduate years included performance as the Drum Major of the Marching Illini. Mr. Chernick received his Masters of Arts in Music Education and Band Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he was an instructor in the School of Music’s Department of Bands. For two years he served as director of the Iowa Pep Band, assistant director of the Hawkeye Marching Band and assistant conductor of the New Horizons Band for Senior Citizens.
Under his direction, the BHS Wind Symphony has earned high honors at festivals throughout the Midwest. The ensemble was honored with an invitation to be a featured performer at the 2011 Illinois Music Educators’ Association All State Conference, and has been selected to the University of Illinois Superstate Festival in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The ensemble has also been a member of various commission consortiums, supporting new music by composers such as Roy Magnuson, Steven Bryant, Steve Danyew, Kevin Krumenauer and Todd Stalter.
Since 2005, the Bloomington High School Marching Raiders have become a top-rated performance ensemble in the state of Illinois. The Marching Raiders are seven-time finalists at the State of Illinois Marching Band Championships, representing class 3A. The band has been invited to perform in the New York City Veterans' Day Parade (2011, 2019) the Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade of Bands (2009, 2013, 2017), the 2015 Outback Bowl, and in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Chernick resides in Bloomington with his wife, Renee, and his children, Paige and Paxton.