The Shoemaker Legacy ...
Director of Bands at Downers Grove High School from 1929 until 1963, Clarence J. Shoemaker was vitally interested in young people. He was an exemplary music teacher and band director. His expertise in the development of musical enjoyment through dedicated participation in the grade school and high school concert and marching band programs was widely acclaimed. Recognition of achievement by the bands he led included local, state and national awards from his peers. It is fitting that a memorial to his love for students and musical excellence be established for outstanding instrumentalists who are members of the institution to which he devoted most of his career.