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Monday, December 11, 2023

Pulse of Naperville Music Scene — Ruzicka, Glocksen still rockin’


I recently had the opportunity to see the band Heart in nearby New Lenox, Illinois. I went hoping to see a dynamic performance, and they did not disappoint. But the real thrill of the evening came before Heart ever took the stage.

Back in 2007, I wrote about American Idol finalist and Naperville resident, Gina Glocksen, and her husband Joe Ruzicka, who worked as both Glocksen’s bass player and as a science teacher at Neuqua Valley High School. The excitement of Glocksen’s Idol finish, in which she placed ninth, was fresh on everyone’s mind at that time.

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But over the past five years, the dust settled and I hadn’t heard anything from Glocksen ….until that night in New Lenox.

As The Gina Glocksen Band opened for Heart and Glocksen bolted onto the stage, you could feel a warmth emanating from her.

Wearing a smile that touched both earlobes, it was obvious that she was thrilled to be performing for the sold-out crowd. She gave an amazing performance that shocked an unknowing audience, and by the end of her set the crowd was chanting for more. Still smiling broadly, she held a hand to her heart and mouthed “Thank you” over and over again to her newest fans as she hesitantly left the stage.

After the show, I had a chance to speak with Gina briefly. I came to find that Gina and Joe are still happily married; Joe is still teaching our kids at Neuqua; and the Gina Glocksen Band is still rockin’.


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Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
Scott "Dr. Music" Itterhttp://DrMusic.org
Scott Itter resides in the Willowgate subdivision with his wife, Barbara, and their two children. Contact Scott at DrMusic@wowway.com.


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