Central Region Calendar of Events
Central Region Board of Directors
Nicole Clark, President
Nicole is currently in her fifteenth year as Band Director and Music Teacher at Providence Academy. Since her arrival in 2003, the band program has gone through exponential growth from 55 members to 185 members. Under her direction the Symphonic (Upper School) Band at the academy started its superior ratings at both the MSHSL Large Group and Solo/Ensemble competitions. Besides implementing a full 5-12 grade instrumental program for the academy she started the school’s jazz band and has participated in numerous pit-orchestras for the school’s musicals. In addition to directing bands at the academy Mrs. Clark has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade general music as well as Middle School Choir. Currently she is the director of the Cadet (5th grade) and Concert (MS) Bands as well as the MS chapel choir. She also coordinates and accompanies music for the Middle School liturgy each week. She is involved in NAfME, MMEA, and CMBDA.
A diverse background in music education is what led Mrs. Clark to teaching at Providence Academy. She graduated with the highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with concentrations in both instrumental and vocal music. Her performance background includes recitals in alto saxophone, piano and voice. She had an internship in Middle School Band, Jazz Band, and High School Choir in Rice Lake, WI. She taught Middle School and High School Choir, Chamber Choir, General Music, and all of the school’s woodwind lessons in Spring Grove, MN. Before coming to Providence Academy she served as the Middle School Concert Band director, assistant High School Marching Band director, and Middle School General Music teacher in Lake City, MN.
In addition to teaching, Mrs. Clark has served as a music director and cantor at the Newman Center Parish in La Crosse, and a cantor at numerous parishes in the Twin Cities.
Shannon Curtis, Vice President and 9-10 Honor Band Chair
Shannon Curtis is the Director of Bands for grades 6-8 at Zimmerman Middle and High School. His primary duties involve teaching beginner band students and conducting the middle school bands. He also teaches high school instrumental lessons and works with students in preparation for Solo and Ensemble Contest, and All-State auditions. He is the director of the Zimmerman Middle School Jazz Band and the Zimmerman Pit Orchestra. Shannon also works with the River Valley Sound winter hornline and joined the 728 Cadets Marching Band this past summer as a hornline and visual director. Prior to beginning his job in Zimmerman, Shannon taught band just south of Mason City, Iowa in the West Fork School District.
Shannon is a 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While there he performed with the Luther Concert Band, Luther Symphony Orchestra, Luther Jazz Orchestra, and in various small chamber ensembles including the Luther Trumpet Ensemble which performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2012. Since graduation, Shannon has presented to current Music Education students about best practices and has shared ideas for new teachers at various symposium events in Iowa and Minnesota. He currently performs with the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble and subs regularly in Twin Cities area bands and orchestras.
Michael Hebert, 6-8 Honor Band Chair
Michael is the Instrumental Music Educator at DaVinci Academy, where he directs three bands, three orchestras, jazz band, chamber orchestra, and teaches middle school general music. He served on the Board of Directors as Vice President and Policy committee chair. Mr. Hebert has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles in Minnesota and continues to be an active trumpet player in the twin cities. He is a member of the Tri-State Judges Association where he judges marching band competitions is Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. He is a strong advocate for music education, with memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Minnesota Band Directors Association, American String Teachers Association, and Minnesota Music Educators Association.
Mr. Hebert completed his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) where he studied trumpet under Phil Norris and Gary Bordner. He served as the band president and student conductor while studying conducting under Monte Mumford.
Susan Schevenius, Beginning Band (1st Year) Honor Band Chair
Susan Schevenius has been a teacher at Calvin Christian School in Blaine since 1999. In 2013 she was added to the staff of Calvin Christian School in Edina. At both campuses her responsibilities include 5th grade band, 6-8 middle school band, instrumental lessons and jazz band. Prior to coming to Calvin, Susan taught in Catholic and Lutheran Schools in the Minneapolis/St Paul area for ten years. In the summers she teaches beginning band for the Centennial and Moundsview districts. She earned her BS Music Education from North Dakota State University.
Beth Claybaugh, Beginning Band (2nd Year) Honor Band Chair
Beth Claybaugh is in her third year as the elementary band director in Pierz Public Schools. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013. At Gustavus, she played euphonium and trombone in many ensembles, including the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Gustavus Lab Band. She also was a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Prior to teaching in Pierz, Beth taught 5-12 grade band for two years in Sleepy Eye Public Schools. In her free time, Beth enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband and their cat.
Lauren Greeley, Secretary
Mrs. Lauren Greeley is the elementary band director in the Glencoe-Silver Lake school district. Lauren has previously taught elementary and junior high general music, and has experience teaching instrumental music in grades 5 through 12. Lauren is a passionate teacher who strives to make every lesson memorable and informative for her students. In her free time, Lauren enjoys performing in various ensembles throughout the metro area, and spending time with her husband, Mike and two-year-old son, Lucas.
Joel Pohland, Treasurer
Joel is currently the 7-12 Band Director at Pierz Healy High School in Pierz, Minnesota. Along with the Junior High and High School Bands, Joel directs the Pep Band, Jazz I and II Ensembles, Pit Orchestra and teaches Guitar and Garageband classes. Prior to teaching at Pierz, Joel taught 4-12 Band and Choir at Marshall County Central in Newfolden, MN. Joel received his Bachelor's Degree from Loras College in Dubuque, IA.
Along with teaching, Joel enjoys composing and has enjoyed success in this in publishing 4 works for concert band ranging in grades 2-3.5. His pieces can be found in the Alliance Publications, Inc. catalog. He also is a member of the Heartland Community Orchestra based out of Brainerd, MN as a trombone player. Joel currently resides in Little Falls, MN with his wife Kaitlin and two huskies, Brutus and Zelda.
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.
Augsburg College (Minneapolis)