University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

John L. Hibler

BS Music Education `68 with Honors
Musician, Director of Bands – Retired, Brookfield East High School hibler


John is one of the finest woodwind instrumentalists, performing at a world class level on the flute, clarinet and saxophone. Also, he has been an outstanding music educator in the Milwaukee area for over 30 years, having positively influenced thousands of students. John enjoys a busy freelance career which includes performing in radio and TV commercials, touring Broadway show pit orchestras, and performing as an extra with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. John is the first call saxophonist with the Waukesha Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet orchestras.

In 1969, John co-founded and performed in the LeBlanc Fine Arts Saxophone Quartet which performed at the prestigious First Word Saxophone Congress in Chicago and recorded for the Coronet label. Other musical achievements include playing on countless sound tracks for the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, and performing at the theatre the past five years in live band shows. Also, John was a member of the Melody Top Orchestra for 23 years.

John taught instrumental music in the South Milwaukee and Elmbrook school systems for 31 years – the last 23 of which were at Brookfield East High School where his bands and individual student musicians won hundreds of first place awards in contest performances. In 1999 the Brookfield East Music Department under his leadership was awarded a GRAMMY award and $5,000 from the NARAS foundation for excellence in music education.

Currently, John continues as an adjunct woodwind instructor at the Wisconsin Lutheran College, a position he has greatly enjoyed for the past 10 years. In 1997, the Milwaukee Civic Association selected him to be the recipient of their Music Teacher of the Year Award. In 1996 and 1997, he was the principal conductor of the UWM Youth Wind Ensemble II and was the featured soloist with the UWM Summer Wind Ensemble on their Scandinavian tour.