In 2017, his composition Cloud Gate (Reflections of a City) was performed for more than 5,000 spectators at Chicago’s Millennium Park. That same year, he received the Illinois Grade School Music Association’s highest award – the Cloyd Myers Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Education.
Tim had his first work published in 1995 by Warner Brothers Publications. Today he is an exclusive writer for The FJH Music Company with 88 published pieces and three supplemental methods (FJH “Beyond” Series). Tim also co-authored Measure of Success®: A Comprehensive Musicianship Band Method.
As a clinician, Tim delivers engaging and thought-provoking presentations on various music education topics. His heart-felt approach has gained the attention of notable teachers, including Dr. Curtis Funk, Associate Professor of Music Emeritus at the Wheaton College Conservatory who said, “Tim Loest’s years of teaching and composing make him an encyclopedia of successful music education methods and materials. His instruction is clear, organized, and comprehensive.”
In addition to composing and teaching, Tim is sought after as a guest conductor. He frequently directs bands in Illinois and has made appearances in Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, California, Georgia, Oregon, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Michigan. He is also a respected pedagogical consultant who developed The FJH Band Publication Guidelines.
Tim received his Bachelor of Music Education degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Illinois State University and his Master of Music Education degree (Program Honors) from Northwestern University. Tim holds membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA), the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Christian Educators Association International (CEAI).
An ASCAP award-winning composer, Tim welcomes commissions and can be contacted through his website. He is band director at F.E. Peacock Middle School in Itasca, Illinois and resides in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife and their two sons.