2016-17 Honor Band Dates Set:
Beginning and Second Year Band Festivals - Saturday, April 29, 2017 at South View MS-Edina
We invite you to nominate talented first and second year band musicians to perform in the South Central MBDA Beginner & Second Year Band Festival. The event will be the morning of Saturday, April 29 in Edina, and we are pleased to have Bruce Pearson & Nancy Dostal as guest conductors.
Above you will find a letter with more detailed information and a liability form that students must submit. The nomination process will be online this year. The links are in the director letter. Please complete the online nomination form by Friday, March 24 at 4 PM.
Please forward this to any directors of first and second year students in your district, especially directors new to your district. All nominating band directors must be current members of MBDA.
We look forward to working with your students. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
All the best,
Nicholas Ellison & Andy Richter
Beginner & Second Year Band Festival Coordinators
- MBDA Memberships
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South Central Region Board of Directors
Nickole Bowie- Martin County West Schools
Nickole Bowie is currently Director of Bands at Martin County West Schools following four years of teaching in Colorado and two years of teaching in Oklahoma. Mrs. Bowie's responsibilities include 5th Grade Beginning band, 6th Grade Band, Junior High Band, High School Concert Band, two jazz ensembles, pep band, drum line, independent music courses and lessons. She also directs the Martin County West Jr./Sr. High Marching Band in the summer.
Originally from Sherburn MN, Bowie graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. She also earned a Masters in Technology in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge MA and a Masters in K-12 Administration - Principalship from Saint Marys.
She continues to be involved in music outside of the school day playing/conducting for her local Trimont Area Centennial Band. Nickole Bowie lives in Trimont, MN with her husband, Linh and her 3 children Phillip, Isabel, and Ramon.
Nancy Dostal~ District 196 Public Schools
Nancy Dostal is currently teaching band at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley. Nancy has been in District 196 since 1982, teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels in several buildings. Her current teaching responsibilities include 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands, jazz ensembles, various small ensembles, and lessons.
Nancy grew up in the Twin Cities area and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979. She completed a Masters Degree in Education in 1989 from the University of Minnesota. Before teaching in Apple Valley, Nancy also taught in Shakopee and Minnetonka.
Nancy resides in Apple Valley along with her husband, Mike. She currently plays French Horn in the Medalist Concert Band, a community band based in Bloomington
Eric Zimmerman ~ Madelia High Schoolericzimmerman@isd837.org Eric Zimmerman is director of bands 5-12 at Madelia Public Schools. He graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2010. Active as both a bassist and trombonist he performs with a variety of musical ensembles including: The EZ Jazz Trio, Southern Minnesota Real Big Band, Minnesota State University Orchestra, Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet, and various pop music ensembles. In the summer of 2014 Eric participated in the Twin Cities Bass Camp at McNally-Smith College and studied under Francois Rabbath among others. In his leisure time Eric loves being with his wife Jerusha and two sons Kenneth and Jonathan.
Eric Songer ~ Eastern Carver County Schools
Eric Songer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he earned his degree in music and math education. Eric completed his Masters in Education at St. Thomas in 2004. This is Eric’s 16th year teaching at Chaska Middle School. He was named Teacher of the Year in District 112 in 2007 and was a semifinalist for 2008 Minnesota Teacher Of The Year. Eric directs the 8th grade bands, the 6th grade bands and elective courses including Music Mosaic and World Tour. He directs and teaches Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Honor Band, Latin/Mariachi Band, Garage Band, student and adult guitar courses, Hip Hop House, Music Production, Country/Bluegrass Ensemble, Movie Band, and School Of Rock. Eric also organizes the CMSW Talent Show and CMS Solo/Ensemble Festival. Eric served as the secretary of the Minnesota State Unit of IAJE from 2005-07 and also belongs to ASBDA, MBDA, NAfME and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Outside of teaching, Eric loves to perform as a trombonist and guitarist and write music. He lives in Chaska with his wife and two children.
6-8 and 9-10 Honor Band Coordinators
6-8 and 9-10 Honor Band Site Host
Brady Krusemark~ Mankato Public Schools
Brady Krusemark is in his fifth year as Director of Bands at Mankato West High School where he conducts the West Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz I, Jazz II, Pep Band, Woodwind Choir, and Brass Choir. Mr. Krusemark serves as Director of the Mankato Area 77 Lancers Marching Band, and Brass Co-Caption Head of River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to teaching at Mankato West, Mr. Krusemark taught for 1 year at Central High School in Norwood-Young America, and 3 years at Waconia High School. Mr. Krusemark holds a B. A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College (2005).
Andy Richter ~ Edina Public Schools
Nicholas Ellison- Burnsville Public Schools
Nicholas Ellison teaches elementary band at three schools in Edina Public Schools. He previously taught in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Eden Prairie, and Orono school districts.
A Native of Wheeling, West Virginia, he has completed degrees from St. Olaf College and the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He has taken additional music education courses at the University of Minnesota.
Ellison plays trumpet with the Encore Wind Ensemble. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Melissa Morey.
BBF/SYF Site Host and Jazz Honor Band Coordinator
Geneva Fitzsimonds- Edina Public Schools
Geneva has served on the MMEA Board of Directors as a Region Representative and is currently President of the MN Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association.
She has served in several capacities on the MBDA Board, is an MSHSL Adjudicator and has directed numerous honor bands and festivals throughout the region. Currently, she teaches 7th and 9th grade band, and two jazz bands at South View Middle School in Edina. Geneva lives in Minnetrista with her husband Scott and their two children; Bram and Berit.
For logistical purposes, this roster contains high school, college, and university institutions. The regional assignment for elementary and middle schools is currently identified by the name of the HIGH SCHOOL that serves your student population.
Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato)
Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield