May 8, 2018

Mr. Broach

Riley Wilson Broach, b. 1978

Mr. Broach is the director of the MSN Orchestra program. He began playing the double bass in 4th grade orchestra at Field Elementary School in Wheeling, IL. In 7th grade, at Holmes Junior High, Mr. Broach joined the jazz band and learned to play the electric bass. He continued to perform in high school orchestra and jazz band both at Wheeling HS and later at Grayslake HS. Additionally, he performed with McHenry County Youth Orchestra, Lake Forest Community Orchestra, and Lake County Youth Orchestras. Outside of school and the community, Mr. Broach performed in various rock bands with his high school friends. There probably exists a recording on a cassette tape or two of these bands lost somewhere in someone’s basement – that’s probably a good thing that they are lost.

In college, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Mr. Broach double majored in Music Education and Music Performance in the Double Bass. He learned to play the violin, viola, and cello as well as a few woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments – poorly. He continued to perform with friends outside of school in various rock, jazz, and folk bands where he learned to play the guitar and ukulele. He still performs as the bassist of The Viper & His Famous Orchestra.

In 2002, after graduating from the University of Illinois, Mr. Broach became the orchestra director at Lake Zurich Middle School North.  He does not miss holding rehearsals in a small trailer outside of the old MSN parking lot.

In the summer of 2007, Mr. Broach finished his Masters Degree in Music Education from Northwestern University. It was one of his greatest experiences receiving such a quality education.

In 2010, Mr. Broach was nominated for Teacher of the Year of Lake Zurich Schools.

In 2012-2014, Mr. Broach served as the Orchestra Representative of the Illinois Music Educator’s Association Northern District VII.

In 2013, Mr. Broach got married and soon after, he and his wife, adopted a one-eyed Australian Shepherd mix dog, that they named Phoenix.

Currently, since 2015, Mr. Broach serves as the Webmaster to the Northern Illinois Music Conference (NIMCon).

In 2017, Mr. Broach and his wife had a baby girl, Lyra Paulina! She was born with a full head of black hair!

In 2019, Mr. Broach and his wife had a second baby girl, Mathilde (Hilde) Johana! She was also born with a full head of hair but blonde!

Since 2019, Mr. Broach currently serves as the Secretary of the Lake Zurich Education Association.


  • Count Broachula, 2004
  • Dr. Broachenstein & Dr. Broachenstein’s Monster, 2005
  • Rene Dahinden, the Sasquatch Hunter & Sasquatch, 2006
  • Captain Broachbeard, 2007
  • Zombie Lorde Broche, 2008
  • Broachbot, 2009
  • Broachward Cullen, 2010
  • Ludwig van Broachthoven, 2011
  • Neil Broachstrong, 2012
  • Broachdalf the Grey, 2013
  • Skelebroach, 2014
  • rIgor the Hunchback, 2015
  • Tired Dad, 2016
  • Phantom of the Opera, 2017
  • Dumblebroache, 2018
  • Ragnar Þróachson, 2019

Mr. Broachisms

  • “You must play as one instrument – and that instrument is orchestra.”
  • F = MB/A (Fun = Mr. Broach / Anger)


  • Master of Music Education: Northwestern University
  • Bachelor of Music Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Music Performance (Double Bass): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.