The Ad Astra Clarinet Quartet
Jeff Pelischek has been the Director of Bands and Woodwind Specialist at Hutchinson Community College since 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Fort Hays State University, and a Master of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. He is a student of David Shifrin, Victor Sisk, Hal Palmer, and W. James Jones. Jeff is a former principal clarinetist with the Hutchinson Symphony, the Hutchinson Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas Winds, and the Kansas Wind Quintet. He is a member of the Salt City Jazz Band and the State Fair Jazz Band, and is a regularly featured soloist with both groups. In 2000, Pelischek was honored as the Kansas “Performer of the Year” by the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs. He was awarded the “Dragon Educator of the Year” for 2006 at Hutchinson Community College. Pelischek is very active as a clarinet soloist, having performed at two conventions of the International Clarinet Association convention, the Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, the Kansas Bandmasters Association Convention, the Wichita Jazz Festival, and the Hutchinson Community College Jazz Festival. Jeff gives private clarinet and saxophone lessons to high school and middle school students from all over central Kansas. Each year many of his students are selected as members of the Kansas Music Educators Association statewide honor bands and orchestra.

Jeff Pelischek