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About the Marching Band

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The Marching Band at Rosemount High School is part of a comprehensive instrumental music program involving over 530 students actively engaged in seven concert bands, four jazz ensembles, jazz improvisation, percussion ensemble, winter colorguard, winter indoor performance ensemble, music composition, numerous small ensembles and a rigorous private lesson program. Several students from the Rosemount Band program have been selected for membership in this year's Minnesota All-State Music Ensembles.


Important information for new and returning marching band parents is in this downloadable document.

This year’s production is titled, “Loved and Lost,” and includes the following musical selections:

  • Hurts Like Hell” - Fleurie
  • Inferno” - Robert W. Smith
  • Loved and Lost” – Glenn & Ronan
  • As Above, So Below” – Nathan Daughtrey
  • Wine Dark Sea” - John Mackey


The Rosemount High School Marching Band wishes to thank our school’s administration and parents for their positive and generous support and appreciation of instrumental music and the performing arts programs at Rosemount High School.


Rosemount High School Band Website:  www.rosemountband.com

Drum Majors: Brett Abraham, Martha Hernandez, Caleb Maeda, Jacqueline Rodosevich and Johnathan Whaley

Soloists: Caleb Maeda – Fluegelhorn, Martha Hernandez – Flute, Julia Owens – Soprano Saxophone, Iliana Luebbert - Dance

Color Guard Instructors: Lexi Cross, Savannah Kearns, Jonathan Glatfelter, Megan Lovitz, Evan Pufpaf, Lisa Rodenkirchen, Natalie Sterner
Percussion Instructors: Vlad Boz, Faith Haley, Joe Jaeger, Jordan Jergenson, Lucas Monaghan, Jordayn Spike, Zach Steffan, Erin VanBurkleo, Andrew WoodsVisual & Music Instructors: Joel Firchow, Lucas Frafjord, Owen Tucker, Richard Reboja, Adam Shew, Micah Stoddard, Alex Zhu
Percussion Arrangements: Bojan Hoover and Joe Jaeger
Visual Drill Design: Kevin Ford
Musical Arrangements: Frank Sullivan
Band Directors: Taylor Eliason, Bo Hoover, Scott Palmer & Leon Sieve

Assistant Principal Performing Arts: Kimberly Budde
Principal: Pete Roback

The Rosemount High School Marching Band is proud of their legacy of excellence while performing and competing throughout the Midwest region. Recent Honors and Awards include:
  • 2006-2014, 2016-2017 Youth in Music - Minnesota State Marching Band Champion
  • 2107 Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional Finalist
  • 2005-2016 Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional Finalist
  • 2010-2013 Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional Class AAA Champion
  • 2009-2013, 2015-2018 Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion
  • Performed in the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California
  • Performed in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
This years group is comprised of 176 wind players, 50 percussion members, 45 color guard and 5 drum majors.
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Marching Band Staff

Find bios for our marching band staff below!

Directors

Taylor Eliason

taylor.eliason@district196.org

(651) 423-7541

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Bojan Hoover

bojan.hoover@district196.org

(651) 423-7541

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.

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Scott Palmer

scott.palmer@district196.org

(651) 423-7541

Scott Palmer is excited to join the faculty of Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota in the fall of 2018. This will be his 13th 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) 423-7541

Mr. Sieve joined the faculty of Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota in the fall of 2002 and is in his 27th 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 seven concert ensembles, woodwind specialist for the band program, team teaching the fall marching band, woodwind chamber ensembles, winter pep band, jazz ensembles, solos and ensembles, and designing and choreographing the award winning RHS Color Guard. He has also directed the musical "pit" for their outstanding drama department and held the role of department coordinator for 3 years.

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.

Winds/Visual

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Owen Tucker

Owen Tucker has been studying and performing music for two decades. He has performed with numerous ensembles over the past fifteen years, including concert bands, big-band jazz, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, jazz combos, concert quintets, religious service ensembles, funk bands, and more. Owen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned degrees in music performance. Since returning from Chicago, Owen has been teaching in the Twin Cities area for the past seven years, in various capacities, including private lessons at Rosemount, Henry-Sibley, and Maple Grove High Schools, as well as after-school jazz band and marching band programs at Rosemount HS and marching band at Maple Grove HS. 2018 is his 8th season with the RHS Marching Band.

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Lucas Frafjord

Lucas has been involved in the marching activity as a performer and instructor for 15 years. He has performed with Rosemount High School, Minnesota Brass and the Madison Scouts. This is his 12th year on staff with the Rosemount High School Marching Band.

 

 

 

 

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Joel Firchow

Hello my name is Joel Firchow and I have taught in ISD 196 for 22 years. I also marched with Phantom Regiment from 1991-1994. Currently I teach at Scott Highlands Middle School. I have enjoyed working with students, staff, and parents from Rosemount marching band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adam Shew

Adam Shew is excited to return to the Rosemount High School Marching Band on staff! Adam graduated from Rosemount in 2017 after being heavily involved with the Marching Band all his four years of high school. During his time at Rosemount, Adam marched tenor saxophone for three years and served as drum major his senior year.

After graduation, Adam has marched with River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps, both on baritone and as a drum major, and with the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band as a tenor saxophone. He has been teaching private saxophone lessons throughout the twin cities area and was on staff with the Eden Prairie Marching Band. Adam currently attends the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities pursuing a degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance.

 

 

 

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Alex Zhu

Alex Zhu graduated from Rosemount High School in 2017 after marching 3 years as a clarinetist in the marching band. He was also a part of Rosemount's wind ensemble, indoor winds, pit orchestra and jazz band programs. After graduating, he continued his marching arts career with two seasons at River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps as a trumpet player. Additionally, Alex has had the privilege to serve in leadership positions with both organizations, helping guide and mentor his peers in the activity. He is currently a student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where he studies Aerospace Engineering.

Percussion

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Joe Jaeger

Joe Jaeger has been an active percussion educator, director, designer, and performer in the Twin Cities area since 2009. He has instructed and arranged for marching band and indoor percussion at Rosemount HS, Eden Prairie HS, 728 Cadets, River Valley Percussion Theatre, Blaine HS, Armstrong HS, Baldwin/Woodville HS, among many more. In 2014 he spent the summer as the percussion caption head for Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, and has since been the battery coordinator for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps/Indoor Drumline. Joe holds an Associate in Fine Arts/Music degree from Normandale Community College and is currently studying at the University of Minnesota to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Currently, Joe is the battery arranger/Instructor and a private percussion teacher at Rosemount High School. He has worked with the program since 2011.

Joe’s marching experience includes 6 years of drum corps and 4 years of indoor percussion: Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2012), and Minnesota Brass Indoor (2010-2013).

Erin

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Erin VanBurkleo joined the Rosemount High School Marching Band team in 2005 and is excited to be in her 14th year with the group! She started her percussion career with the Eagan High School winter drumline as a performer in the front ensemble in 2001. After graduating from Eagan, she performed with The Academy drum and bugle corps in the front ensemble in 2007. Starting in 2005, Erin performed with the Minnesota Brass drum corps and continued in 2006, and from 2008-2014.

Erin has taught front ensembles at multiple programs throughout the twin cities since 2004. These include Eagan High School winter drumline from 2004-2013, River City Rhythm 2011-2012, Eden Prairie High School winter drumline since 2013, Minnesota Brass Indoor since 2013, and last but certainly not least the Rosemount High School marching band since 2005.

Erin is a graduate of St. Olaf college with a B.A. in History and Classics. She currently works in nonprofit fundraising and serves on the Minnesota Percussion Association Board of Directors as First Vice President.

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Vlad Boz

Vlad has been teaching percussion in Minnesota since 2003, having worked with the Champlin Park High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline (2003–2008) and the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band (2008–2010). He currently works with the Rosemount High School Marching Band, where he started in 2011; the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and Indoor Drumline, where he started in 2010; and the South St. Paul High School Drumline, where he started in 2009.

Vlad has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association since 2010 and is the current president of the board.

He is a proud alumnus of South St. Paul High School, where he participated in the marching band and indoor drumline from 1997–2002. He also marched with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2001–2002), the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2004–2006), and the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2003, 2007–2008). Vlad has a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and works in editing and Web site communications. In his spare time, he enjoys petting strangers' dogs and writing his bio.

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Lucas Monaghan

Lucas is a Rosemount High School Alumni and marched in the band from 2012-2014. He was a member of River City Rhythm indoor 2014-2016 and Minnesota Brass from 2016-2017. Lucas recently completed the 2018 DCI season with the Oregon Crusaders. Lucas has taught the Forest Lake High School Indoor Drumline from 2015-2017. The 2018 season of Rosemount Marching Band will be my second year teaching as a percussion staff member.



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Zach Steffen

Zach graduated from Farmington High School in 2015. He then went on to study music education at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he marched two seasons in the Blugold Marching Band and was involved in numerous ensembles and the percussion studio. Zach marched with the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 and the Madison Scouts in 2017. He also marched with Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Beginning in 2015, Zach started teaching with Rosemount as the Bass Technician and has been on staff in every season following. He has also worked with the Menomonie indoor drumline and the Baldwin-Woodvile indoor drumline in past indoor seasons, also in the role of the Bass Technician. Zach worked with the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2018 season as a Battery Technician. 



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Robert Loahr

Has taught with: St. Francis Highschool, Irondale High School, Anoka Highschool, Maple Grove Highschool, the 728 Cadets, and River City Rhythm. Marching career consists of 4 years of River City Rhythm indoor, River City Rhythm DBC, Minnesota Brass DBC, and two years with the Govenaires drum and bugle corps.

Colorguard

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Natalie Sterner

Natalie Sterner started her marching career with Rosemount High School and has since performed with MBI Winter Guard, Lux Independent, and multiple dance ensembles throughout high school and college. She studied Dance Movement Therapy at University of Wisconsin Madison and has applied that knowledge in both her technique and teaching. She currently teaches at Rosemount High School and River City Rhythm Winter Guard









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Lisa Rodenkirchen

Lisa Rodenkirchen has been involved in the marching arts for the past 25 years and has been at Rosemount High School since the fall of 2017. She started her marching career at Eden Prairie High School and has performed with both Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and Lux Independent Winter Guard for several years. Lisa has taught various groups throughout the state such as Irondale High School, River City Rhythm Drum Corps and Winter Guard, Eastview High School, Sibley High School, Synchrony Winterguard, Anoka High School, and River Valley Winter Guard.

Lisa has a BA in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College and a MEd in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Minnesota. She currently teaches Special Education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Minneapolis Public School District. 

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Lexi Cross 

Lexi graduated from Rosemount High School in 2014 and was a member of the colorguard for all four years of high school. She also performed with the Minnesota Brass winterguard in 2014, was a charter member of the River City Rythm Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and aged out of the organization in 2017. Lexi graduated from Drake University this year and is excited to be teaching the for the Rosemount and Champlin Park high school colorguards this season.











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Savannah Kearns

Savannah is a Rosemount color guard alumni and is excited to be back, teaching with the program that fueled her passion for performance. She has an extensive marching background in color guard after graduating from Rosemount in 2014. She has performed with the winter guards Minnesota Brass Indoor, Lux Independent, and River City Rhythm. She has also marched multiple years of drum corps with the group River City Rhythm, and aged out with the Phantom Regiment in 2017. After returning from tour with Phantom, she taught for the Eastview High School color guard and this year is teaching at the high schools Rosemount and Champlin Park. She also began teaching at River City Rhythm drum corps for their 2018 season. 

 

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29th Annual Rosemount Marching Band Festival

The 29th Annual Rosemount Marching Band Festival

Festival Results

Class A
1st Place – Hastings, MN (Color Guard, Drumline, Wind Section)
2nd Place – Champlin Park, MN
3rd Place – Farmington, MN
4th Place – Anoka, MN (Drum Major)
5th Place – Andover, MN (Soloist – Trumpet)
6th Place – Blaine, MN

Class AA
1st Place – Brandon Valley, SD (Drum Majors, Color Guard, Wind Section)
2nd Place – Waseca, MN
3rd Place – Rochester Lourdes, MN (Soloist- Flute, Drumline)

Class AA
1st Place – Eden Prairie, MN (All Captions)
2nd Place – Eastview, MN
3rd Place – Marshall, MN

Congratulations to all the participating bands!  We are honored to share the field with each of you.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 30th Rosemount Marching Band Festival.

 

Event Schedule:


2018 Admission:

$9-Adults
$5-Seniors and Students


4:00pm            Gates Open
4:55pm            Welcome – National Anthem
                         East Lake Elementary 4th and 5th Grade Students - Shelli Mann-East Lake Music Specialist

Class A
5:00pm            Blaine Marching Bengals
5:15pm            Andover Marching Huskies
5:30pm            Anoka High School Marching Band
5:45pm            Champlin Park Marching Rebels
6:00pm            Farmington Tiger Marching Band
6:15pm            Hastings Raiders Marching Band

6:30pm            Break
6:45pm            Awards for Class A

Class AA
7:00pm            Rochester Lourdes Marching Band
7:15pm            Waseca Marching Jays
7:30pm            Brandon Valley Marching Lynx

7:45pm            Break

Class AAA
8:00pm            Marshall Tiger Marching Band
8:15pm            Eastview Lightening Marching Band
8:30pm            Eden Prairie Eagle Marching Band
 
Exhibition
8:45pm            Rosemount High School Marching Band
9:00pm            Awards for Class AA and Class AAA
  
Each Marching Band’s class placement is be determined by the following criteria: 
                1.)  Size of the Marching Band
                2.)  School enrollment
                3.)  Experience in Marching Band Field Show competition
                4.)  Band Director preference

Awards Presented 
Placement Awards in class A, AA & AAA
Esprit de Corps
Caption Awards in class A, AA & AAA
                Outstanding Hornline
                Outstanding Color Guard
                Outstanding Drumline
                Outstanding Soloist
                Outstanding Drum Major

Adjudicators
We have secured an outstanding group of professional adjudicators/educators, who have extensive adjudication experience in evaluating high school field show marching band contests throughout the United States.

Ron Hardin – Waikoloa, HI
Visual Caption Head – Carolina Crown
WGI, BOA, DCI
Ron Hardin has designed hundreds of shows for bands, drum lines, winter guards and drum corps. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the world, having done many clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Since 1999, Ron has served as a visual judge for Winter Guard International, annually adjudicating for many circuits, regionals and world championships. Ron has produced several instructional videos, and has appeared in WGI’s “Meet the Judge” series. His designs have appeared in several BOA regional finals, won numerous state championships, circuit contests and have won three WGI Percussion Gold Medals. As an instructor, Ron has been a part of teams earning six DCI World Championships and eight High Visual Awards, including the 2012 & 2013 John Brazale Best Visual Award. Ron’s experience in the drum corps activity spans over twenty years, as a performer, instructor, and caption head, including his current position as Visual Caption Head of the World Champion Carolina Crown, where he has served since 2011. Ron Hardin is currently the director of Bands at Papillion-La Vista South H.S., and was previously the director of Bands at Bellevue East H.S., and at Clayton Valley H.S. in Concord, CA. He was the recipient of the Jack R. Snyder Young Band Director Award and served two terms as the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Marching Band Chair. When he is not teaching or conducting, Ron finds time to play bass trombone with several ensembles.
 
Brett Johnson – Denver, CO
The Woodland High School, TX (ret.)
BOA, DCI
Mr. Brett Johnson taught for 28 years at Leesville, Louisiana High School, Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, and The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. During his 18-year tenure at The Woodlands, the marching band was a consecutive 25-time finalist at Bands of America Regional Marching Band Championships, a two-time Texas State Marching Band Contest Finalist, and a four-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, winning the AAA National Championship in 2006. In 2010 the Woodlands Band was one of three bands worldwide to earn the coveted Sudler Shield award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence in marching band. During Mr. Johnson’s tenure, The Woodlands Wind Ensemble performed at such prestigious events as the Texas State Wind Ensemble Contest, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall, and The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The Woodlands Band is also a proud recipient of The Sudler Flag from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. In 2004 the Texas Bandmasters Association honored Mr. Johnson with the Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award. Mr. Johnson is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States.  

Chad Quamme – Greendale, WI
WGI, DCI
Chad Quamme has been an active instructor in drum corps, marching band and winter guard over the last twenty years.  Through his years of teaching he has worked with finalist groups in Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International as well as many marching bands in Wisconsin and Michigan.  Currently he designs for marching bands and winter guards in Wisconsin, Michigan and Texas and adjudicates all over the country.  He is a history teacher at Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin and resides in Greenfield, Wisconsin. 

Ben Helmrick – Oconomowac, WI
River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps
Ben Helmrick attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and graduated in the fall of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He currently teaches band at Silver Lake Intermediate School in Oconomowoc, WI, and continues to work with several marching programs in the state. Ben has enjoyed being on staff with the River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps and will begin his four year teaching brass in the role of Brass Caption Head. He marched with the Madison Scouts during the summers of 2013 and 2014 on Euphonium and Trombone. 

Lane Powell – Harmony, MN
Tri-State Judging Association Chief Judge
Lane M. Powell is the New Business Development Manager at Harmony Enterprises, a global environmental solutions company based in Harmony, MN. Lane is a 1994 graduate from the University of Iowa, (BM in Music Education and Trumpet Performance) and taught instrumental music in the public schools of Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota for twenty-two years. Bands under his direction consistently earned Superior Ratings in marching band, concert band, jazz band, and small ensembles. In addition, his bands earned many regional and national awards, including multiple performances at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention and the Minnesota Music Educator’s Mid-Winter Clinic. Lane’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Kappa, MENC, MMEA, Phi Beta Mu and Iota Kappa Lambda. In 2002, he was awarded the NEIBA Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School level. In 2003, he received the State of Iowa Governor’s award for teaching excellence and has won the McKnight Award for composition both in 2012 and 2016. He and his wife operate the Tri-State Judging Association. He is an active adjudicator, performer, clinician, composer, and conductor. He has publications for concert band under the C.L. Barnhouse and Powell Music labels. Lane has served on the Board of Directors for both the Minnesota State High School League and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.

Matt Ferry – Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Brass, Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps
Matt Ferry is an Anoka, MN native who received his BA in Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2005. Matt has been active in the marching arts since he began performing with the front ensembles at the Blue Stars (1998) and The Cavaliers (1999-2002). He has been on the leadership and design teams for WGI, BOA and DCA finalist ensembles for over 15 years. Matt is an active adjudicator, arranger and educational consultant for bands, drum corps and indoor percussion.  Most recently, Matt took a three-year hiatus from Minnesota winters and moved to Texas where he worked with the front ensembles at Dripping Springs High School, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School and was a founding designer/coordinator of 5points Percussion from San Antonio. He currently works for Edmentum Inc. from his home office in St. Paul, MN, where he supports digital learning outcomes for more than 350 school systems in New England and New Jersey. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Invictus World Color Guard of Austin, Texas, where he assists with operations and corporate partnerships. Matt Ferry has been an Innovative Percussion Artist since 2003.


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