About Me

I grew up in the small town of Hanley Falls, MN (20 minutes north of Marshall). My parents, Kevin and Cindy, enjoy living there on the family farm. I have one brother, Tony, who is 3 years older than me.


- Tony, myself, Nikki, my mom, and my Dad at our wedding in Mexico -
I attended Yellow Medicine East High School (under the direction of Monica Kasel) in Granite Falls, MN. Following graduation in 1999, I became a Jackrabbit at South Dakota State University. I studied percussion under Mr. James McKinney and Mr. Stephen Tobin. I was active in the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band During my 5 years, we marched in Washington, D.C. in July of 2000 and the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, CA in January of 2003. I played snare drum in the "Hands" of The Pride Drumline for 5 years. I also participated in percussion ensemble and symphonic band.

I also marched snare drum for 6 seasons with Su Fu Du, a drumline based out of Sioux Falls from 1999-2004. I was section leader in 2003 and 2004. I joined the board of directors after I retired from playing holding positions as Member at Large, President (2 years), and Past-President (3 years).


- Su Fu Du Snareline 2004, I'm 4th from the left -
I student taught in the Spring of 2004 in Adrian, MN under the direction of Mr. Jon Loy. Mr. Loy is a very energetic director who has excelled in building both instrumental and choral programs. He is currently the Director of Bands at Worthington High School, in which I was the percussion caption head for the "Spirit of Worthington" Marching Band in 2007-2009.

After graduation in May of 2004, I substitute taught at R-T-R (Russell-Tyler-Ruthton) High School in Tyler, MN to finish out their school year. They called me back to long-term sub for the 2004-2005 school year in which I taught band and choir for two-thirds of the school year. We had a lot of success with starting the RTR "Knight Fire" Drumline and presented the "Drumline Jam" clinic. The award-winning drumline marched around Minnesota performing their "Don't Drum and Drive 2005" tour.

I taught in both Parkston and Ethan School Districts during the 2005-2006 school year. Following that year, I taught full-time for 2 years in Parkston were I kept busy with 4th grade band, high school band, pep band, marching band, jazz band, 4th-8th grade percussion and brass lessons, music appreciation, and the award-winning Stickshot Drumline.

In 2007-2008, I taught grades 5-12 instrumental music at both Sanborn Central School District in Forestburg and Woonsocket School District. We combined the 2 separate school districts to develop a marching band to compete in the River City Band Festival held in Chamberlain, SD.

This year will be my 6th year teaching grades 6-12 instrumental music at West Central. We have 3 middle school bands and 1 high school band. I direct the marching band, concert band, jazz band, drumline, percussion ensemble, musical pit, and give lessons to the middle school students every week. During 2nd semester, I teach Music Technology to high school students.

In all of my free time, I keep busy traveling as a marching percussion clinician, composer, and judging festivals. I played 2 years with the Sioux Falls Stormfront Drumline on snare drum. Stormfront played at all of the home games during the 2008 & 2009 seasons for the now 7-time National Champion Sioux Falls Storm Indoor Football Team. I finished the Master of Arts in Education from Augustana College in December of 2012. I completed my Master in Music Education degree through Northern State University in June 2014. My wife and I have a 2 1/2-year old son and a daughter that we welcomed this August!

- Sioux Falls Stormfront Drumline 2008 -

- Sioux Falls Stormfront Drumline 2009 -


- Nikki and I, Christmas 2009