Prior to taking over as Director of the Glendale Summer Band, Ken was a
playing member for 17 years, Band Manager for 12 years and served as principal guest conductor, conducting six concerts in 2001 and all eight concerts in 2009 when the director was on medical leave.
Ken taught Music (Band and Guitar) at Tolleson High School for 14 years and at Westview High School for 16 years. He retired from teaching in 2007.
He continues to be actively involved in music, also playing trombone and working with Az Music Educators Association (AMEA).
Ken is a member of AMEA, NAfME, and ACB.
Grant Butke has been a member of the Glendale Summer Band for the past seven years. He is also a member
of the Phoenix College Community Band, playing tuba, string bass and electric
bass, where he is also the band manager. He plays as well with the Arizona Winds Concert Band and West Valley Pops Band.
He is the founder of the Arizona Veteran’s Band, made up entirely of volunteers which have provided a free concert at the Arizona Veteran’s Home on Veteran’s Day for the past eight years.
The 2016 Summer Band Group Picture can be found at:
The Glendale Summer Band was founded in 1966 by E. Lowell Rogers, a long-time music educator in the Glendale Elementary School District. In the 46-year history of the band, there have been just three directors: Lowell directed the band for 22 years, followed by John Thrasher (5 years) and the last 19 years under John Faris. Ken Jaeger takes over as only the band’s fourth director.
The band is a true community effort. People from all walks of life have played in the band over the past 48 years. Occupations of our members (to name but a few) include: accountants, doctors, cashiers, dentists, lawyers,engineers, librarians, and many, many more. Last year alone, over 200 musicians played in one or more concerts.