John F. Temmerman

Profile Updated: October 20, 2019
Residing In: Skokie, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Tina Temmerman
Occupation: Caregiver for my wife; jazz musician and teacher,
Children: Joe, born 1985
Did you attend New Trier East, or New Trier West?

New Trier East


had a satisfying business career, culminating in a Controllership role until I retired to help my wife with her mobility. Starting in the early 90's, took up my horns again, developed pro-level skills and have had and am continuing a fulfilling career as a jazz musician and music teacher.

School Story:

Well, Mr. Streightiff's marching band was so bad people would go out for sports so they wouldn't march. I wasn't real athletic, so I was stuck. It ruined me for that in college, too. One of my few regrets was not doing a year in the marching Illini.

Who was your favorite teacher at New Trier? Why?

I liked Miss Clendening, although I gave her a hard time. My last 2 math teachers, Mr. Benson and Mr. Lindley were great.

What is your favorite memory of New Trier?

getting into stage band my senior year and orchestra my junior year are a dead heat.

rocking out as a guest soloist with HIgh Sierra was close, being a regular in the Gross Point Blues Band.

What is your LEAST favorite memory of NT?

cliques, not having enough dates, etc.

Who was the most attractive girl in our class (other than yourself)?

I'm not answering that

Did you learn anything at New Trier that later proved to be useful? If so, what?

I wish I'd paid more attention and listened more to Miss Clendening. She was a superior musician.

The other things were music things:

1. Loud rock musicians use ear plugs when perofrming

2. The keys that are easy for the horn players are not the ones that the guitar players like to play. I had to shed a lot to keep up.

Did any of your children attend New Trier?


Which of the following can be found in a dark corner of your closet?

none of the above

Did your father attend New Trier?


Did your mother attend New Trier?


In recent years, New Trier has increasingly been described as "too big" and "too competitive." Has NT changed?

I didn't think it was too big, I had my friends. it sure was competitive in the music groups, but, hey, there were a lot of heavy players.

Did you suffer hearing loss by attending a rock concert at The International Amphitheatre? Which one(s)?

I went to wrestling at the Ampitheatre when I was in college

If you could go back and do high school all over, what would you do differently?

studied a little harder my first 2 years; ask more girls on dates

How do you describe yourself politically?

Raging Liberal

What are your vices?


Do you believe in God?


At New Trier, I was labelled (rightly or wrongly):

A brain

Are all kids who lived on the North Shore and went to New Trier spoiled whiny elitist brats who had everything handed to them on a silver platter? (Just asking.)

No, I was never whiny

Describe a moment of supreme happiness in your life that did NOT involve sex, drugs or rock and roll.

Marrying my wife. We're still in love 30 years later

Are you still basically the same person you were in high school? If not, and you have changed, how have you changed? Have you changed for the better?

I'm older, wiser and more laid back.

HELLO MY NAME IS . . . Are you comfortable with the process of aging?

Yeah, it sure beats the alternative

How did you perceive New Trier after your first year of college? Did you feel that by going to college you had taken a step up, or down?

College was easy compared to New Trier

How did you choose your profession?

The same way I chose my spouse - solely for love

Which Junior High did you attend?

Other SS Faith Hope & Charity

What higher formal education have you completed?


In which Village did you reside at the time you graduated from New Trier?


The best thing about growing up in the North Shore was . . .

Going to New Trier

My innermost circle of close friends at New Trier included, and I would often be seen in the company of . . .

The following classmates from New Trier East: Charles Crump

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He was a good guy.

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Hi, Bob!

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Hey, Doug. You sounded great on wbbm am.

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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Freedom Jazz Dance

Freedom Jazz Dance performed by the John Temmerman Quartet at the Custer Fair in Evanston, Il on June 17, 2012

John Temmerman, Tenor Sax
Steven Hashimoto, Bass
Rusty Jones, Drums
Steve Ramsdell, Guitar

Eddie Harris, composer

James Hawes, Video
Jean Pressel, Video

Posted with permission of Seventh House, LTD.

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