JOLIET – Ted Lega of Joliet is being honored at 34th Chicago Music Awards, in Chicago IL, March 15 with a life time achievement award.
Lega spent 34 years at Joliet Township High School Central. He started a band program at Richland School in Crest Hill, He spent nine years at the Troy Middle School, retiring in 2014.
He graduated from Joliet Township High school in 1962 and – like his father Ted Lega Sr. – was a member of the Joliet Township High School Band.
While studying at, Roosevelt's Chicago Musical College, Lega took clarinet lessons from members of the Chicago Sympathy Orchestra. During his college years, Lega was also a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and taught at Roosevelt University.
In 1990 Lega became leader of the Teddy Lee Orchestra, which his father has organized. Lega has an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Vandercook School of Music. He received the St. Geniesius Award for cultural achievements from Lewis University in Romeoville..
Lega was inducted into the prestigious American Band Masters Society and into the Joliet/Will County Hall of Pride. Lega was honored as Chicagoland Music Educator of the Year. In 2012, Lega was presented the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts by The Order Sons of Italy in America.