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DR. CHARLES T. MENGHINI is President Emeritus of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Menghini served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands from 1994 – 2017.  Prior to his appointment at VanderCook, he spent 18 years as a high school band director in Missouri and Kansas where his bands earned national acclaim.

Charlie currently hosts two podcasts:  Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends available on Apple podcasts and Essential Elements Band Talk with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Paul Lavender and it is available on the website. 

Co-author of the Essential Elements Band Method published by Hal Leonard, Charlie is also an Educational Member of the Music Achievement Council for NAMM.   

Menghini is active as a speaker, clinician and conductor around the nation.  He frequently presents at state and national music education conferences, works with teachers and school districts in a variety of forums and continues to write for professional magazines and journals.  In 2019, Menghini was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Midwest Clinic for his life’s work as a band director, teacher and educator.