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Band Directors

Taylor Eliason

taylor.eliason@district196.org

(651) 423-7552

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Bojan Hoover

bojan.hoover@district196.org

(651) 423-7552

A Minnesota native, Bojan Hoover is an active music educator, freelance musician, and composer for the pageantry arts and visual media. Bojan is currently a band director at Rosemount High School in Rosemount, MN, where he teaches Symphonic Band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and lessons to percussion and low-brass instrumentalists. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Rosemount High School, Bojan serves as the Executive Director for River City Rhythm, and has been involved as an instructor and designer for River City Rhythm since its inception.

Bojan has committed himself to supporting music education throughout Minnesota and has served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association and the Percussive Arts Society Minnesota Chapter. From 2009 to 2016, he organized one of the largest percussion festivals in the state, the MPA Day of Percussion, and was awarded the Minnesota Percussion Association ‘Instructor of the Year’ award in both 2009 and 2016. 

Bojan holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and music performance from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in composition from Pulse College in Dublin, Ireland, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Learning from the University of St. Thomas. 

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Scott Palmer

scott.palmer@district196.org

(651) 423-7552

Scott Palmer joined the faculty of Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota in the fall of 2018. This will be his 14th year of teaching instrumental music. Mr. Palmer received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music Appleton, WI in June, 2006 and a Master in Wind Band Conducting from the American Band College at Sam Huston State University, Huntsville, TX in July, 2015.

Prior to coming to Rosemount, Scott Palmer taught his first twelve years at Eden Prairie High School. Where he conducted 9th grade Concert Bands, Symphonic Band, Jazz II, Wind, Symphonic and Concert Percussion Ensemble, was the director of the Eagle Marching Band, and the Winter Drumline and taught instrumental lessons. Under Mr. Palmers direction the Eagle Marching band was a BOA Super Regional Finalist and Minnesota State Marching Band Champion. The Eden Prairie Winter Drumline was a WGI Scholastic World finalist in 2013, and 2014. The Eden Prairie Percussion Ensembles performed at the MN State Music convention in 2010, and at the National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis in March 2010, 2014.

Mr. Palmer is an active member of the Drum Corps community and has taught several groups including Minnesota Brass, Blue Stars, Colts, and the Blue Devils. In addition to Lawrence University and American Band College, Mr. Palmer is an alumnus of Eden Prairie High School, the Madison Scouts and the Minnesota Brass, Inc. drum and bugle corps.

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Leon Sieve

leon.sieve@district196.org

(651) 423-7552

Leon Sieve joined the faculty of Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota in the fall of 2002 and is in his 29th year of teaching instrumental music. Leon received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota in May, 1993 and a Masters Degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon in July, 2005.

During the past 29-year career, Leon has had opportunities to teach in a small rural Minnesota school system, a mid-sized school district in central Minnesota and currently at a large suburban high school located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  

Leon’s responsibilities at Rosemount High School include conducting the RHS Wind Ensemble, he is a woodwind specialist for the band program, team teaches the fall marching band, woodwind chamber ensemble, winter pep band, solo and ensemble, and coordination of the award winning RHS Color Guard. He also directs the musical "pit" for the outstanding RHS Drama Department and has held the role of department coordinator for the music, art and dance department.

Leon’s concert bands have twice been selected to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Conference – Mid-Winter Clinic.  In 2002 the Milaca High School Symphonic Band was selected to perform and in 2021 the Rosemount HS Wind Ensemble was selected for this prestigious honor.

Leon began his band experience in the small Southwest Minnesota town of Adrian in the 4th grade.  He credits the excitement and energy of then band director Joe Silko in getting him started on his instrumental music path and the saxophone.  In high school, Leon was drum major of the marching band and was a part of the concert, jazz and pep bands within the program.  After graduating for Adrian High School, Leon then moved on to SDSU where he was a member of the “Pride of the Dakotas” Marching Band playing alto saxophone and was also a member of the South Dakota State University Symphonic Band and Jazz Program.  Leon auditioned for and was selected as a member of the 1989 and 1991 Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps based in Madison, WI.  Leon began his color guard career performing with the Scouts and is thankful to have been taught by Michael Turner, David Veda, Mike Volves and Chad Duggen during those performing years.  During the summer of 1992, Leon was on color guard staff with Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps based in Tulsa, OK.  All three of the drum corps seasons were filled with long rehearsals, gym floors, over-night bus trips, lots of sandwiches and tons of memories. “I am forever grateful to the people I met, the places I was able to perform and the experiences I had while touring the country as a drum corps member”

Performing and teaching drum corps opened up many pathways of instruction for Leon. During the past 30 years, Leon has written choreography and visual design for nearly forty high schools throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma.  These ensembles were often awarded top honors in performances on the street (Milaca) as well as the field (Rosemount) and allowed Leon to share creative aspects to the marching arts programs which he had the pleasure to teach and assist.  Some of the most notable programs include Rosemount HS (MN), Litchfield HS (MN), Grand Rapids HS (MN), Park Center HS (MN), Milaca HS (MN), and Sioux Falls Lincoln HS (SD).  Leon restarted the marching band at Milaca High School in the summer of 1995 after the program was eliminated in the 1980’s    

During the past twenty years, Leon has been a member of the Tri-State Judging Association judging marching band field show and summer parade performances throughout the State of Minnesota.

Mr. Sieve was awarded a "Leadership in Educational Excellence" award and is the 2001 recipient of the "Minnesota Distinguished Young Band Director Award." He is listed in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and is a member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), and the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) and has served as the Metro High School Representative to the Board of Directors. He was inducted into Phi Beta Mu in February, 2003.  Leon is a past President of the North Star Colorguard Circuit.  In the fall of 2021, Leon was inducted into the Youth In Music Hall of Fame.


SBOJune2011COVER Read more about the RHS Band Directors in the School Band   & Orchestra magazine - they were featured in a cover story about the Rosemount HS Band program in the June 2011 issue: http://sbomagazine.com/1269-archives/3101-40up-close-rosemount-hs-band-program.html

 
 

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