Coal City Bands

Building a better future through music

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Eriq Vazquez is Director of Bands at Coal City High School. Prior to coming to Coal City, he taught 4th-8th grade band in Mokena and student taught in the Joliet public schools (Joliet Central High School and Gompers Middle School). 

Vazquez received the Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance and music teaching licensure from the University of Iowa. At Iowa, Vazquez participated in the Symphony Band, Hawkeye Marching Band, the Riverslide Trombone Quartet, Jazz Repertory Ensemble,  and was active in the New Horizons band program: an organization that unites musicians in their retirement years.  Vazquez reestablished the University of Iowa National Association for Music Education (NAfME) chapter, a group that provides supplemental support for undergraduate music education students and served as president of the organization from 2014-2017. His primary teachers include Dr. Mark Heidel, Kevin Kastens, and Dr. Jonathan Allen. 


Steve Rogers serves as a brass tech for the Coal City High School Marching Band. Mr. Rogers plays both guitar and trumpet in various groups and events in the Coal City area. He received his bachelors degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and worked in the television and broadcasting industry. Currently, he teaches 5th grade and beginning band in the Minooka public schools. 


Wyatt Onsen serves as the marching band percussion instructor for Coal City High School. This will be his 5th year with the Coaler Drumline and Percussion Section. After graduating from CCHS, Onsen marched a season of Drum Corps International with Racine Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Onsen currently attends Illinois State University as a music education major. At Illinois State, he participates in the Big Red Marching Machine Drumline, various percussion ensembles, and concert bands. Onsen is excited for the educational and memorable experiences awaiting the Marching Coalers and can not wait to see what the students achieve this year!

Eriq Vazquez, Director of Bands

815.634.2396 x7801

Coal City High School

655 West Division Street

Coal City, IL 60416