John Hamann:

John is a charter members of The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band and served as band manager from 2000-2003. Back in 1995 he had obtained a large collection of rope tension drums and contacted the 1st Brigade Band of Wisconsin looking for a band to play with. Coincidentally the 1st Brigade Band was assisting Gary Borling in Bloomington as he was putting the 33rd Band together; but didn’t have a drummer. The rest is history. John organized the 2005 Presidential Inauguration parade trip to Washington D.C.

John played all through grade school and high school and was a member of the Pekin Municipal Band for twenty-nine years. He played with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for three years, starting when he was a freshman in high school. He played under the direction of "The Leader of the Band," Larry Fogelberg (Dan Fogelberg's father) and was strongly influenced by him. 

John is now semi-retired, having served 22 years with the Pekin Fire Department, retiring as Fire Chief. He also served as the City of Pekin Risk Management Director for 10 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Western Illinois University and subsequently instructed all levels of Fire Science classes at Illinois Central College for 15 years. After leaving the Fire Service John served as a code enforcement officer for McLean County for 2 years and Zoning Administrator/Flood Plain Manager for Woodford County for 5 years. He then worked for Peoria County for 4 years as Rural Economic Development Director, Rural Public Transportation Coordinator, Emergency Management Director and Adjudication unit officer for the Zoning Department. . He spearheaded an Asian Carp remediation project that brought together partners from all over the U.S. and China. He now drives a shuttle bus part time at a large insurance organization in Central Illinois and does handy man work for a number of individuals in the Bloomington/Normal area. In his spare time John works on his WWII Jeep and is a member of the 9th Infantry Division re-enactor group.

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