Cliff Jourdan
Department Chair of Fine & Performing Arts
Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
Prior to his appointment at Kaskaskia College in 2002, Jourdan taught instrumental music at Vandalia High School in Vandalia, Illinois where his marching, concert and jazz bands consistently won competitions and received superior ratings at organization contests. Before that, he taught at Sandoval Jr./ Sr. High School in Sandoval, Illinois where he was in charge of the band, chorus, and general classroom music programs. His success in the public schools led him into the college teaching ranks where he has won the Kaskaskia College Student Congress Outstanding Professor Award in the 2004-2005 academic year.

Before becoming Director of Bands at KC, Jourdan was Conductor of the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra for 6 years. His performance background and experience is very eclectic, having been a member of the Centralia Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (tuba), several jazz and big bands (bass, trombone, guitar, vocal), various brass quintets (tuba), and progressive rock groups (bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals). While an undergraduate, he was principal tuba for the Southern Illinois University Wind Ensemble.

Jourdan holds a Masterís degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and a Bachelorís degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He studied conducting with Dr. Charles Menghini of VanderCook, Edward Benyas and Michael Hanes of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Professor Jourdan's responsibilities at Kaskaskia College include teaching music major courses, general education courses, conducting the Kaskaskia College concert, jazz, and pep-bands along with directing the student jazz ensembles. He was also the co-organizer for the first Merry TUBA Christmas in the Centralia area in 2006. In addition, he regularly works as an adjudicator for regional solo/ensemble contest, organization contests, and as a parade judge. He also works as a clinician for local Jr. and Sr. High schools and is frequently a guest conductor at regional festivals.
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