Charlie Menghini

CHARLES T. MENGHINI is President, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his appointment as President in August of 2004, Charlie served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. He began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and his teaching has included conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes.

Charlie brought with his appointment to VanderCook 18 years of successful high school band experience in Missouri and Kansas. Bands under his direction received consistent Division I ratings in regional, state and national music festivals, performed at various state music educator conventions and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Bands of America International Festival and the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, Menghini attended Northern Michigan University and the University of Missouri – Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He also holds a Master degree in Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gary Hill. In addition to Hill, Menghini recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser and Gary Green as being most-influential teachers in his growth and development.

Charles Menghini has written for professional journals and magazines including the “Instrumentalist” where he serves as a contributing editor. He is also co-author of the Essential Elements 2000 Band Method, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all –state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska and New York has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state music educators in-services throughout the world.

In March of 2006, the Music Educators National Conference honored Dr. Menghini by naming him a Lowell Mason Fellow. Menghini was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 2001. He is also active in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music – the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly achievement, and in 2000 was inducted as an honorary member of the Xi Kappa (VanderCook College) Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Charlie is an educational consultant for the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, is on the Board of Advisors for The Instrumentalist Magazine, and is an Educational Representative to the NAMM Foundation’s Music Achievement Council.   An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons.

Menghini is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and is a member of Rotary One Chicago.  He currently serves as President  of the First Friday Club of Chicago and is the official trumpeter for the City Club of Chicago.

9 Responses to Charlie Menghini

  1. Ross Perry says:

    Dear Mr. Menghini,

    I have been searching for documentation of the National Cherry Blossom achievements of the Winnetonka High School band in the spring of 1979. You may recall a little about that occurrence if you can think back that far. (haha) for some reason I was just thinking about that the other day and was curious if it can still be found. I have been unsuccessful so far. I remember some of the details just not all of them. I know that the 30th anniversary (scary it has really been that long) a year from now and just feeling a bit old I guess. If you have more of the details, such as individual contest ratings / rankings anything really please share so we can all refresh our memories. I am so glad that you have done so well and am always thankful for being in the right place at the right time so much of my life, especially crossing life paths with you and your journey. I hope you and Wanda are well as I think of you often. Here’s to seeing you again this fall at the band reunion if we can all make it.

    Your student always,

    Ross E. Perry

  2. John Myers says:

    Dear Mr. Menghini,

    I, like Ross, am so lucky to have crossed paths with you. I don’t believe I would have finished school without you being there. Please give Mrs. Menghini my regards.

    Your student filled with PRIDE!

    John Myers

  3. Loved the experience. Although at the time we had some choice words and opinions it was all good in the end. Funny thing is that his beliefs ended up being very close to my own. Go figure. Appreciate everything Charlie. Let’s get those videos up on youtube.

  4. Cathy hart wick/ann handelman says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Cathy and I are here in parkville, after seeing the 2009 winnetonka reunion we glad we got out when we did…..added a few years to our lives. Cheers will you be attending this year, did you go last year? Well we have to go to Marla bixlers now for girls weekend, gotta call the dd
    Ann and cathy

    • cmenghini says:

      Ann and Cathy:

      I am finally re-visiting my blog and getting back at it. Hope this finds you well. Glad to know that life is good for your ladies. Wanda and I will be coming to KC for both the WHS Homecoming Game – the Pride Band Menghini years have a reunion, and then the following weekend we will come down for the faculty get together. Hope to see you there.


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