Biography

Timothy Loest is a name in music synonymous with creativity, versatility, and accessibility. His works for young band are performed worldwide and his pedagogical methods and conducting appearances impact performers and audiences at the state and national levels. In 2017, his composition Cloud Gate (Reflections of a City) was performed for over 5,000 spectators at Chicago’s Millennium Park. That same year, Tim received the Illinois Grade School Music Association’s highest honor – the Cloyd Myers Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Education.

Tim had his first work published in 1995 and has written for Warner Bros. Publications, C.L. Barnhouse Company, The FJH Music Company, MakeMusic Publications, and RWS Music Company. In 2022, he founded Fanfare Music Press, a company dedicated to the highest quality compositions and arrangements for band. Tim is also an experienced proofreader (MakeMusic Publications) and concert band editor (RWS Music Company).

With over three decades in the classroom, Tim is no stranger to instrumental pedagogy; his longstanding affiliation with The FJH Music Company has resulted in several best-selling methods (1.2 million copies sold), including Measures of Success®: A Comprehensive Musicianship Band Method, Warm-ups and Beyond, Rhythms and Beyond, and Chorales and Beyond. Outside the classroom, Tim’s music has appeared on numerous network TV shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Extra, and Nick Jr.

Tim received his Bachelor of Music Education degree with high honors from Illinois State University and his Master of Music degree with program honors from Northwestern University. He holds membership in ASCAP, the Illinois Grade School Music Association, and Christian Educators. He served his entire teaching career at F.E. Peacock Middle School in Itasca, Illinois, and resides in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife Cindy and two sons. Tim regularly accepts commissions for band and can be reached through his website.

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Music - Northwestern University
  • Bachelor of Music Education - Illinois State University
  • Illinois State University Legacy Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • IGSMA Cloyd Myers Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Education
  • Illinois State University Outstanding Alumni Recognition
  • ASCAP Special Award for Composition
  • Program Honors Award at Northwestern University
  • Magna Cum Laude at Illinois State University

Commissions & Awards

  • 2024: Land of Harp and Song – Carl Sandburg Middle School Tiger Bands, Mundelein, Illinois
  • 2024: Viva L’Italia – Carl Sandburg Middle School Tiger Bands, Mundelein, Illinois
  • 2024: Skedaddle – TMEA Region 30 All-Region Middle School Honors Band, Cleburne, Texas
  • 2023: Before the Dawn – F.E. Peacock Middle School Music Department, Itasca, Illinois
  • 2023: Stronger Together – Hadley Jr. High School Bands, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 2022: Civil War Roundtable – Ottawa Elementary Bands and Band Parents Association, Ottawa, Illinois
  • 2020: High Impact – MSBOA All-State Middle School Honor Band
  • 2019: The Golden Thirteen – Westview Hills Middle School Band, Willowbrook, Illinois
  • 2018: Algo-Rhythms – Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2017: The Greatest Gift – Ryerson Middle School Band Program, Ringwood, New Jersey
  • 2016: Mad Dash – Lakeview Jr. High School 6th Grade Concert Band, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 2015: Drums of Thunder – Middle School Bands of Houston County, Georgia
  • 2014: Color Jam – Peach State Middle School Band Consortium, Clarkesville, Georgia
  • 2013: Ghost Lights – Braxton Craven School Band, Trinity, North Carolina
  • 2012: Spyscape – Southwest Community Concert Band, Lemont, Illinois
  • 2010: Stone Serpent Mound – Boyd County Middle School Band, Ashland, Kentucky
  • 2008: Cloud Gate – Westview Hills Middle School Band, Willowbrook, Illinois
  • 2006: Antiphonal Celebration – St. John Lutheran School, Wheaton, Illinois
  • 2005: To Sail Beyond the Stars – ILMEA District 9 Junior Festival Band
  • 2004: Night Flight of the Gargoyles – Minooka JHS Concert Band, Minooka, Illinois
  • 2004: Court of the Noble Trumpeteers – Minooka 5th Grade Band, Minooka, Illinois
  • 2003: Galactic Conflict – Eastland Middle School Concert Band, Shannon, Illinois
  • 2002: Calypso Carnival – Jefferson Junior High School Band, Woodridge, Illinois
  • 2002: Dedicatum – Hilda Walker Intermediate School, Tinley Park, Illinois
  • 2001: Trumpet Tantrum – Margaret Mead JHS Band, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • 2000: Battle Hymn Epic – Old Quarry Middle School, Lemont, Illinois
  • 1999: Band Avenue March – Glen Ellyn District 89 6th Grade Band, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

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Featured Works/Titles

  • Fearless Dreams

    By: Timothy Loest

    Opener/Closer

  • Stronger Together

    By: Timothy Loest

    Concert / Festival