Mr. Nedzel, 32, Leaves along a Legacy

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 is mourning the death of Mr. Steve Nedzel.  Steve was the music department chair at Lincoln-Way West, along with directing the Wind Symphony, Marching Warriors, Pep Band and Percussion Ensemble. He also taught Music Technology I and II classes.

Steve Nedzel, the Lincoln-Way West High School band director, died shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, friends close to the family said. He was 32.

Members of the West band were informed at 5 p.m. According to an employee at Lincoln-Way District 210, Nedzel suffered he

ad trauma from a fall as he was going to his apartment in Chicago on Tuesday morning.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine, IL on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. A time for visitation and remembrance will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church. A separate memorial service for Lincoln-Way students and parents will be held at Lincoln-Way West on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Steve Nedzel Memorial Fund, c/o Lincoln-Way West High School.

According to the Lincoln-Way West Music Boosters site, “Mr. Nedzel grew up in the NW Suburbs of Chicago in Palatine and attended Fremd High School. He received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his time there, he performed in a number of different ensembles including the Symphonic Bands, Marching Illini, and saxophone quartets. Mr. Nedzel completed his Masters of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in 2005 and his Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009. Mr. Nedzel’s primary instrument is the saxophone, although he also plays flute, clarinet, and piano.”

Many students, faculty, and alumni are grieving the lost of Mr. Nedzel.  A Facebook tribute has been made in honor of him (  Also t-shirts in his honor with the saying “‘Reset Page One’ You taught us to remember, and gave us the strength to move forward.”

The Marching Warriors place second in class 2A in the state finals in 2010, 9th overall.  Performance from 2010 may be viewed by clicking here, or there inaugural 2009 performance by clicking here