The 2019 South Central Minnesota Band Directors Association Beginning and Second Year Honor Bands are an opportunity for talented musicians from our region to come together for a day of outstanding music making! This year's Beginning and Second Year honor bands will on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8 am to 1 pm at Chanhassen High School. We invite you to nominate your top musicians for this event. Because your recommendation will serve as their "audition", we ask you to only nominate students you consider to be honor band caliber. This will ensure that all participating honor band members receive a quality experience. Please have students and parents verify their availability on the day of the festival BEFORE you submit your nominations. This lessens the need to find replacements for students once they are selected and music is sent out. Please bear in mind that all nominating directors must be current members of MBDA (http://mbda.org/index.php/about/membership).
We have two exceptional directors lined up for this event - the Beginning Band will be directed by Geneva Fitzsimonds and the Second Year Band by Wendy Barden. Your students will most certainly benefit from their talents!
To nominate your best students, click the corresponding link below or cut and paste into your browser. The form has space for you to nominate 10 students per school. Please provide as much pertinent information on the nomination form as possible (lesson book pages/range/other important skills to note) so we can make informed decisions during our selection process. Complete the online nomination form by Friday, March 29 at 5 PM.
Online nomination forms:
Beginning Honor Band Nomination Form
Second Year Honor Band Nomination Form
Once the honor band rosters have been posted, students and parents fill out the permission/medical form and submit a check for $15 to MBDA. Forms should be mailed to the addresses below according to which band they are in and postmarked by April 12, 2019.
To ensure that your district students have the opportunity to participate in this event please verify that all appropriate grade-level directors from your building/district (especially directors new to your district) received this e-mail as we ARE NOT sending letters by mail. All nominating band directors must be current members of MBDA.
Your SCMBDA Board is looking forward to facilitating this opportunity for our regional musicians! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations!
Nicholas Ellison | Beginning Band
Andy Richter | Second Year Band
- Memberships run from July 1-June 30 each year. Remember to renew your membership close to July 1 so you have access to MBDA benefits all year long! Check your "membership history" here: http://www.mbda.org/my-memberships.
- You can now pay for your membership online with a credit card.
- You need to be an MBDA member in goodstanding to access audition materials for any MBDA honor bands.
6-8 and 9-10 Region Honor Bands
-----Date for next year – Feb. 23 2019
-----Site will be Mankato West
-----Site host will be Brady Krusemark
-----6-8 coordinator will be Allie Jensen
----- 9-10 coordinator will be Gertrude Sommerfeld
-----Guest conductor for the 6-8 group is John Greene
-----Guest conductor for the 9-10 group is Catharine Bushman
Region Jazz Bands - South Central and South East Regions
-----Date for next event will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019
-----Coordinator will be Geneva Fitzsimonds
-----Site for both regions will be Lakeville South High School
-----Site host will be Chad Bieneck
-----Guest conductor for the 9-10 group - Dave Schmalenberger - McNally Smith
-----Guest conductor for the 7-8 group - Jonathan Campbell - U of M Morris
Beginning and Second Year Festival
-----The date for next year is Saturday, April 27, 2019
-----Site is Chanhassen High School
-----Site host will be Scott Prescott
-----Site Coordinator will be Paul Swenson
-----Coordinators are Andy Richter and Nick Ellison
-----First year band guest conductor is TBD
-----Second year band guest conductor in Wendy Barden
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 Mary’s.
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. She also has three children who she enjoys spending time with as well.
Eric Zimmerman ~ Madelia High School
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
Gertrude Sommerfeld: firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Jensen: email@example.com
Allie Jensen teaches 5th and 6th grade band at Forest Hills Elementary and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion in Eden Prairie, MN. She holds Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in both Music Education and Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University in Educational Leadership.
Allie has coordinated the South Central MBDA 6-8 Honor Bands since 2017 and has enjoyed seeing her own students participate in various MBDA events throughout Minnesota. Allie also taught in Waconia, MN during the 2012-2013 school year and served as the Director of the Junior Girls Division at Interlochen Arts Camp during the summers of 2013-2015. In addition to teaching 5th and 6th grade band, Allie currently plays horn with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and enjoys teaching private horn lessons in her spare time.
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
Mr. Richter is one of three band directors at Edina High School where he directs the Varsity Band, Symphonic Band, the Edina Hornet Marching Band, pep band, and two jazz ensembles. In the summer, he is the music director with the Marching HERD, at Buffalo High School. Mr. Richter is also the Youth Music Coordinator for the EFCA's child sponsorship organization GlobalFingerprints in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He completed both his Bachelor’s of Music Education and his Masters of the Arts degree in Music Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. During his undergraduate years he marched in the U of M Marching Band and served for three years as the 53rd Drum Major. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Minnesota Music Educators Association and Minnesota Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu. He is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Young Music Educator award presented by the American School Band Directors Association. He was also selected as the 2010 Minnesota State Representative for the School Band and Orchestra magazine’s annual publication of “Fifty Directors That Make a Difference”. Mr. Richter resides in Edina with his wife, Lynn, and children, Michael, Abby, Tony, and Charlie.
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 Fitzsimonds is in her 25th year teaching instrumental music and holds degrees from Concordia College-Moorhead and St. Mary’s University. In 2013, she became a National Board Certified Teacher. Her bands and jazz bands have performed at festivals across the region including the MMEA Middle Level Conference and the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic.
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