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Warren D. Olfert has been Director of Bands at North Dakota State University since 1999. He holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bob Jones University. Dr. Olfert has also taught at the high school level and served as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.


In 2001, Olfert started the Northern Ambassadors of Music, a European tour of students from North Dakota and Montana; since it’s inception, the tour has grown to a group of over 350 participants and staff.  He has also participated in the commissioning of new works for the wind band, including music by Frank Ticheli, Timothy Broege, David Maslanka and Samuel Adler and has won praise for his interpretations of new music. Under his direction, the NDSU Wind Symphony has performed at the NDMEA Conference five times; the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Conference; the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington; and the CBDNA North Central Conference in 2010.


Dr. Olfert is an active member of several organizations, including the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Beta Mu, and is past president of the North Dakota Music Educators Association.


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Monte Grisé currently serves as the Arts Education Director in Missoula, Montana, where he oversees and supervises all aspects of the K-12 visual and performing arts in the Missoula County Public Schools. A western Montana native, Dr. Grisé brings 25 years of teaching and leadership experience to this position. 


Before moving to Missoula, Dr. Grisé was a Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he served as Director of Bands as well as Chair of the School of Performing Arts. During his eight years at MSUM, he conducted the Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, Pep Band, conducting, and secondary music education.  He was also the applied saxophone instructor as well as the music education coordinator. 


From 2016-2021 Dr. Grisé led the Lake Agassiz Concert Band as conductor and music director. During his tenure the ensemble was selected to perform at the North Dakota Music Educators Conference, and participated in a consortium premiere of James Barnes’ Ninth Symphony. 



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John Gjevre

Deb Haarsager*

Lea Shulstad*

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Tara Trowel



Kathy Frost* 

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Kiran Tesch



Lisa Schock 

Zeb Watkins*



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Jannel Barnes

Linda Bjornstad

Jane Feigum

Jonathan Immel

Nicole Lee

Carol Lewis

Natalie Lies

Amy Jo Mattson

Kari Natvig

Luke Olsby

Jill Post

Sherri Stastry

Abigail Sims

Beanie Stotts

Catherine Tesch*


Carol Lewis



Su Legatt



Sue Reinhart*

Erin Schaaf



Paul Liversage



Greta Johnson



Jon Anderson

Keith Eider*

Andrew Eklund

Jerry Feigum

Sean Fitzsimmons

Cameron Haaland

Anna Joyce


Marcy Dronen

Adrienne Eider

Hazel Jones

Del Jordahl

Natalie Nelson

Dave Tesch*

Laurie Wollenzien 


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Amy Johnson*

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Tim Wollenzien



David Johnson*

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Duane Rossett

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Chris Leach

Andy Schaaf*

Seth Schaefer

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Sophia Strand


Jill Post

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by E.E. Bailey

Ed. Loras Schissel


by Andrew Boysen, Jr.


Presentation by Lea Shulstad


by Arturo Márquez

Arranged by Oliver Nickel 



by Shelley Hanson



by David Maslanka

Presentation by Gene Okerlund


by Michel Korb & Ulrich Roever

Arranged by Jay Dawson


by Leonard Bernstein

Arranged by Clare Grundman


by Alfred Reed


National Emblem

The most famous march that has been written is arguably The Stars and Stripes Forever. The next most famous could be National Emblem. The march was composed by E.E. Bagley in 1905 and has been performed by virtually every marching and concert band in existence. John Philip Sousa himself listed it on a short list of the best parade marches composed. The march is almost perfect in its length and instantly recognizable with its attachment and use of the main melody of the Star-Spangled Banner.


Kirkpatrick Fanfare

Andrew Boysen, Jr. is presently the Director of Bands at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting, orchestration and composition.  The Kirkpatrick Fanfare was commissioned by Central Missouri State University for the dedication of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library in March 1999.  The work has a definite Irish flavor, including a strain of Danny Boy and features driving rhythms and exciting brass figures, providing a dramatic opening to this concert.


Danzon No 2

Arturo Marquez is a graduate of the Mexican Conservatory of Music and the Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico and is one of the most celebrated of contemporary Mexican composers.  Danzon No. 2 was written in 1994 and has become one of the most popular of all orchestral Mexican works.  According to the composer, “the danzon is a Cuban dance that became popular in Mexico during the first half of the twentieth century….I decided to start with a slow, sensuous theme instead of an introduction.  After that, a rhythmical section continues the elaboration of these materials.  The work is dedicated to my daughter Lily.”


Escape Tones

Shelley Hanson wrote Escape Tones for a consortium of Minnesota high school, college, and community bands (including the Lake Agassiz Concert Band) and had its premiere in February 2022. The title has two bases: first, a musical three-note figure defined by its steps and direction, and, as the composer puts it, “the escape from everyday stresses that many people find in music. The work in contemplative in nature and subdued throughout with a fairly steady, slow tempo that is also free in motion.

Shelley Hanson is the founding director of the Macalester College Wind Symphony. A clinician and guest conductor for high school, university, and community groups and for state and national music conferences, she conducted orchestras, wind ensembles, and other groups at several colleges and universities prior to Macalester. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed on all continents except Antarctica, and are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Hal Leonard, and C. Alan Publications. Her music has been analyzed in major publications including the Teaching Music Through Performance and the Band Masterworks series. Principal Clarinetist of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, she has been a featured soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, and U.S. Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.), among others. She was a soloist for the soundtrack of the feature film Out of the Wilderness, and has recorded as an orchestral and chamber musician for Virgin Records, Teldec, American Composers' Forum and other labels. An experienced studio musician and producer, she has played for commercials, films, and pop music, and has conducted orchestras and other groups at major studios including Paisley Park. Her klezmer band, Klezmer & All That Jazz, recorded traditional and her original music for the Audie Award-winning National Public Radio/Dove Audio production of the classic Yiddish play The Dybbuk. A graduate of Duke University, she received the M.M., Woodwind Specialist, and the Ph.D. in performance, music literature, and music theory from Michigan State University. 



David Maslanka wrote Illumination for the Franklin, Massachusetts public schools. According to the composer, “I am especially interested in composing music for young people that allows them a vibrant experience of their own creative energy. A powerful experience of this sort stays in the heart and mind as a channel for creative energy. Music shared in community brings this vital force to everyone. Illumination is an open and cheerful piece in a quick tempo, with a very direct A-B-A song form.”


Highland Cathedral

Highland Cathedral was originally written as a bagpipe tune in 1982 by the German musicians Ulrich Roeverand Michael Korb for a Highland games in Germany. The work has become extremely popular since it was written, partly due to its being chosen by Madonna for her wedding march at Skibo castle in 2004. This arrangement by Jay Dawson captures the grand atmosphere of the original.



When the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. in 1977, he asked Leonard Bernstein to write a piece as part of the inaugural concert. Bernstein responded with Slava! A Concert Overture. The work is brief, boisterous and fully in keeping with the oversized personality of the dedicatee (Slava is Rostropovich’s Russian nickname). The piece includes shades of vaudeville, jazz and even music from the coronation scene of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godonov. The work is pure Bernstein and Rostropovich, all at once.


Armenian Dances

Alfred Reed wrote his Armenian Dances, Part I, for the University of Illinois Symphonic Band and its director, Harry Begian.  Both sets of dances are based on authentic Armenian folk songs from the collected works of Gomidas Vartabed, the founder of Armenian classical music.  Part I, performed at this concert, is an extended symphonic rhapsody built upon five different songs, freely treated and developed in terms of the modern, integrated band or wind ensemble.  Although the composer has kept his treatment of the melodies within the general limits imposed by its vocal, folk-song nature, he has not hesitated to expand the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic possibilities in keeping with the demands of a symphonic-instrumental performance.  This very exciting work serves as an appropriate end to this concert.



A music teacher in Fargo Public Schools, Okerlund knew Possehl first as a counterpart at Moorhead’s South Junior High. Then as one of the founders of the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies in 1970. Then as one of the founding members of the FM Kicks Band in 1975 and founding director of the Johnny Flag band that played Minnesota State University Moorhead's Fourth of July festivities. Possehl would also go on to play in the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and F-M Jazz Arts Group and was the first conductor of the Lake Agassiz Concert Band.

Possehl married Margery Johnson in 1952, having met her while attending MSUM. Also a music teacher, an organist and choir director at Bethesda Lutheran Church , they raised a family of four daughters on music.

His influence as a teacher continued outside of the classroom and well after he retired in 1985. Christopher Hanson met him in the early 2000s when they played together in the Jazz Arts Group.

Possehl and Okerlund teamed up over the last 14 years, performing jazz and later country tunes in area senior centers and homes.

Possehl injured himself making lamps out of “every old instrument that came along,” Christie says. He made one for each of his daughters out of an instrument they played. Making a lamp out of a tuba was quite the project.

Even after Possehl accidentally cut off parts of his right thumb and index finger a decade ago, he kept playing.

(taken from John Lamb's article in the Forum on 11/2/2021)


We would like to thank North Dakota State University’s Challey School of Music for granting us use of their facilities and equipment for rehearsals. Our performances would not be possible without this unique relationship.