Ben Harloff has two degrees from Indiana University: Trumpet Performance and Music Education. While at IU Ben studied trumpet with Edmund Cord, Stephen Burns, John Rommel and Dominic Spera. He had the privilege to play in Ray Cramer's Wind Ensemble and Dominic Spera's final Indiana University Jazz Band. Ben completed a Master's Degree in conducting from Southern Oregon University in 2008. When he was twelve years old, Ben's drum corps career began with the Phantom Regiment Cadets. Ben marched Star of Indiana from 1990 to 1993 at which time he had an opportunity to perform under an incredible instructional staff, including Star¹s Brass Caption Head Donnie Van Doren. He also performed with Star of Indiana¹s Brass Theater where he had the privilege of working with the prestigious Canadian Brass. Ben was one of the trumpet soloists in both the original London and New York casts of the show
Blast!, which was the 2001 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event² and also won the 2001 Emmy Award for Best Choreography.Since 1999 Ben has been teaching drum corps including The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Crossmen, Syracuse Brigadiers, Blue Knights, Troopers, Minnesota Brass, and Blue Stars. He continues to be a proud brass staff instructor for Carolina Crown. Ben was a band director at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana for two years and at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota for three years. Since 2008, Ben has been a band director in the Wayzata school district in Wayzata, Minnesota. Ben has been judging marching band competitions and arranging for marching bands since 2000. He also has an instructional DVD called, "Release Your Sound." The DVD is written for high school and college brass musicians and can be purchased at www.thecrownstore.com.
Mr. Hoover is excited to be with the band program at Rosemount High School in his fourth year of professional teaching. Originally from Anoka, Minnesota, he earned a bachelor of music degree in music education and in music performance from the University of Minnesota. In addition to extensive training in conducting bands, Percussion is his primary area of instrumental music expertise. He has training and experience in low brass instruments as a secondary instrumental focus. Mr. Hoover will be working with students in the Rosemount High School marching band, concert bands, and percussion ensemble while providing lessons to percussionists and low brass instrumentalists.
Mr. Hoover was the assistant marching band director at Anoka High School and the director of their winter percussion ensemble from 2006 thru 2009. He has also taught and arranged for numerous percussion ensembles in the state, including ensembles at Becker High School, Henry-Sibley High School, Irondale High School, Waconia High School, and the indoor drumline River City Rhythm. Mr. Hoover currently serves on the Minnesota Percussion Association Board of Directors and organizes their annual Day of Percussion, which reaches an audience of nearly 700 high school and college percussion students. In the spring of 2009, Mr. Hoover was voted the Minnesota Percussion Association 'Instructor of the Year.'
In December 2007, he won the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition and was awarded two performances with the Montana-based professional orchestra. Since then he has maintained an active performance schedule both abroad and at home, performing locally with the Northern Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, and internationally in percussion festivals in Germany and Costa Rica.
Mr. Hoover performed with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 and 2004, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005, 2006, and 2008, and with the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline in 2008 and 2009. He was crowned Drum Corps International World Champion in 2003 and 2006 and was awarded four separate Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Gold Medals in 2005, 2006, and 2008 in the categories of percussion ensemble (twice), multi-percussion solo, and keyboard solo respectively.
Mr. Sieve joined the faculty of Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota in the fall of 2002 and is in his 21st year of teaching instrumental music. A native of Adrian, Minnesota, 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.
Mr. Sieve has held two previous teaching assignments. From 1993-1994, he was Director of Bands at Holdingford Area High School, Holdingford, Minnesota serving as the instrumental instructor for grades seven through twelve. From 1994-2002, he was Director of Bands at Milaca High School, Milaca, Minnesota, directing the entire nine through twelve instrumental music program. While teaching in Milaca, the top concert band was highlighted at the 2002 Minnesota Music Educators Association state convention held in the Minneapolis Convention Center in February of that year.
His responsibilities at Rosemount High School include the direction of two of the six concert ensembles, woodwind specialist for the band program, team teaching the fall marching band, woodwind chamber ensemble, winter pep band, jazz ensembles, solos and ensembles, and designing and choreographing the award winning RHS Color Guard. He is also the director of the musical "pit" for their outstanding drama department.
Mr. Sieve was awarded a "Leadership in Educational Excellence" award in 1997 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 MENC, the Minnesota Music Educator's 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.
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