MBDA South Central Region (SCMBDA)



Dear Instrumental Colleagues,

The 2018 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 28, 2018 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 Paul Schierenbeck and the Second Year Band by Jason Rygg.  Your students will most certainly benefit from their talents!

Nominations will be submitted online this year.  Click the corresponding link 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 23 at 4 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 and postmarked by April 7, 2018.  

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
Highlands Elementary School
5505 Doncaster Way
Edina, MN 55436

Andy Richter | Second Year Band
Edina High School
6754 Valley View Rd.
Edina, MN 55436


MBDA Memberships

  • 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. 

Meeting Minutes

May 2016

February 2016

May 2015

May 2014

February 2014

November 2013

February 2013

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, Kindergarten General Music, 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. Nickole also has 3 children who keep her family life busy.


Elizabeth Hertzfeld


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: gsommerfeld@edenpr.org

Allison Jensen:  allison_jensen@edenpr.k12.mn.us

6-8 and 9-10 Honor Band Site Host

Brady Krusemark ~ Mankato Public Schools


Brady Krusemark

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).

BBF/SYF Coordinators

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 pic

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)
Dr. Martin Luther College (New Ulm)
Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter)
Minnesota State University-Mankato


Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield
Apple Valley
Belle Plaine
Bethany Academy, Bloomington
Blake School (The), Minneapolis
Bloomington Jefferson
Bloomington Kennedy
Blue Earth Area
Cannon Valley Lutheran, Morristown
Charter School, Minneapolis
Eastview, Apple Valley
Eden Prairie
El Colegio Charter School, Minneapolis
Elmore Academy
Fourth Baptist Christian School, Minneapolis
G-F-W, Winthrop
Granada-Huntley-East Chain.
Groves Academy, St. Louis Park
Holy Family Academy, Belle Plaine
Holy Family Catholic, Victoria
Immanuel Lutheran, Mankato
International School of MN
Lake Crystal-Wellcome
Le Center
Lester Prairie
Lutheran H. S. of Bloomington

Mankato East
Mankato Loyola
Mankato West
Maple River, Mapleton
Maranatha Christian Academy, Minneapolis
Martin County West, Sherburn
Martin Luther, Northrop
Minnehaha Academy Minneapolis
Minnesota New Country School, LeSueur
Minnesota Valley Lutheran, New Ulm
Mountain Lake Christian, Mountain Lake
New Prague
New Richland-H-E-G
New Ulm
New Ulm Cathedral
Prior Lake
River Bend Academy, Mankato
Robbinsdale Armstrong
Sibley East, Arlington
Sleepy Eye
Sleepy Eye St. Marys
Southwest Christian School, Eden Prairie
St. Clair
St. James
St. Michael-Albertville
St. Peter
Trinity School at River Ridge, Bloomington
United South Central, Wells