MBDA Northwest Region (NWMBDA)

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Northwest Region Calendar of Events

7-12 Honor Band - January 13, 2018
9-12 Jazz Honor Band - Saturday, April 7, 2018 
Beginning Band Honor Festival - Saturday, April 14, 2018


NW MBDA Membership Welcome Letter 2016-17


Meeting Minutes

NW Region Minutes 9-14-16


Northwest Region Board of Directors 


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Keith Wander-Hawley


Keith Wander is the Director of Bands at Hawley High School. He has held that position for 32 years. He recieved a Bachelor of Music Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1983 and a Master of Science in Music Education Degree from Moorhead State University in 1995.  At Hawley, Keith Directs the Concert Band, 9th Grade Band, Jazz Band, Blues Band, and Pep Band.  He also teaches music theory, Theatre Arts, directs the Fall Play and One Act Play, and does Stage Direction, Technical Theatre, and Pit Orchestra for the musical each year. Keith Is the former director of the Red River Boy Choir in Fargo, North Dakota.  Keith was chosen as the 2013 Minnesota representative of School Band and Orchestra Magazine's "50 Directors That Make A Difference." Keith is a member of MENC, MMEA, MBDA, Ed. MN, and ITG. 


Vice President

Kristine Schuldt

Kristine Schuldt is in her first year at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Schools. She is originally from Mankato, MN. She received her bachelor of arts degree in music from Concordia College, Moorhead, in 2007. At Concordia, she studied trumpet and percussion privately, and performed in several ensembles, including the Concordia Band, Concordia Orchestra, Jazz I, and percussion ensembles. Kristine attended MSU-Mankato for teacher licensure, and completed the program in 2011.

Prior to teaching at CGB, Kristine taught in the Wheaton, Perham, and Indus school districts. At CGB, she directs the senior high, junior high, 6th grade, and 5th grade bands in addition to jazz band and pep band duties. She is an active member of the Minneso ta Band Director's Association and the Minnesota Music Educator's Association. She currently serves as the northwest region vice president of MBDA.

Kristine is active as a performer in the area, and participates in several ensembles including the Swift County Community Band (Appleton), the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria), Lakes Area All-Stars Jazz Band (Fergus Falls), and Lakes Area Community Band (Detroit Lakes). She has served as a MBDA section coach. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, watching the Minnesota Twins, and doing photography.

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Heather Trowbridge-Detroit Lakes

Heather Trowbridge is originally from Alcester, South Dakota. She attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, where in 1999, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education. Then in 2005 Heather completed her Masters of Science in Music Education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

Heather was the band director at Lake of the Woods School in Baudette, Minnesota for three years, the high school band director in Frazee for two years before accepting the position of High School Band Director at Detroit Lakes High School in 2005. Heather's current duties at Detroit Lakes include directing the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band and Pit Band Director. She has also been the director of the 5th Grade Band at Rossman Elementary in Detroit Lakes for the past three years.

Heather is an active member of MBDA, MENC, MMEA, and WBDI. In her spare time she plays in a local steel drum band called the The Purple Pan People and she also subs in the local big band Doc and the Scrubs and the Detroit Lakes Community Band.

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Lisa Weniger-Wadena-Deer Creek


Lisa Weniger is the Director of Bands at Wadena-Deer Creek Schools in Wadena, Minnesota.  Originally from South Dakota, Weniger is a 1993 graduate of Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota and earned her Masters in Music Degree from the University of South Dakota in 1999.

Prior to her position in WDC, Ms. Weniger held instrumental teaching positions in Verndale, MN as 5-12 Director of Bands from 1993-1998 and 5-8 middle school Director of Bands at Gibbons-Fairfax-Winthrop in Fairfax, MN from 1999-2006.

Ms. Weniger's duties at WDC include directing the 7th/8th Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Summer Marching Band, and 5th grade classroom music.  She is also the assistant director for the Wadena Area Community Band and an active flute performer of the group. Ms. Weniger is an active adjudicator, and is a member of MENC, MMEA, MBDA, Education MN, and serves as the NWMBDA Treasurer.

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Derek Ziemer

Derek Ziemer is the Associate Director of Bands at Alexandria Public Schools in Alexandria, MN. Originally from St.Cloud Minnesota, Derek is a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris.

Prior to his position in Alexandria, Mr.Ziemer was the 5-12 Director of Bands at Brandon-Evansville Public Schools from 2014 to 2016.

Mr. Ziemer's duties at Alexandria include directing the 8th Grade Concert and Cadet Bands, High School Concert Band, High School Jazz Bands, and Pep Band. Mr. Ziemer is also an active performer in the Alexandria Area; most notably as a Bassoonist in the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra(CLSO). Mr. Ziemer is also a member of MENC, MMEA, MBDA, and serves as the NWMBDA Membership Coordinator.

TJ Pelanek Photo

Jazz Band/Solo & Ensemble Chair

TJ Pelanek-Underwood


TJ Pelanek grew up in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin. After high school he attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities to pursue his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. Mr. Pelanek teaches grades K, 1, 2, 3, and 4 elementary music. In addition to elementary classroom instruction, he teaches Elementary Band, Junior High Band, and Senior High Band. You can find Mr. Pelanek playing with the Lake Area All Stars Jazz Band, and as a solo instrumentalist around the area.


Honor Band Chair

Denise Weise

Mrs. Denise Wiese graduated from NDSU (BS) and the University of St Thomas (MA).

Denise started her teaching career in Chokio - Alberta Public Schools where she taught both choir and band for 5 years.  Denise then became part of the music staff in Fergus Falls Public Schools where she has taught for over 25 years.  In her time as a music staff member in Fergus Falls, the school has 3 times been named a Best Community for Music Education, and once as a Grammy Signature School.

Denise's current teaching responsibilities include 5th grade band, 7th grade band, junior high honors band, and 4 sections of elementary classroom music.  Band lessons are taught to mostly woodwinds and percussion, with a few brass mixed in.

Denise also works with high school band students as an accompanist for solo/ensemble, as the color guard director for the marching band, and as an assistant director for the pep band.

Mrs. Wiese is a member of MENC, MMEA, and MBDA.

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At Large Member

Gregory DeGier

Greg DeGier has been in the Alexandria Area School system since 1998. Over the years he has taught at the high school level, directing the Symphonic Band, the Pep Band, being the Associate Marching Band Director and the Head Jazz Band Director. Greg also taught at the middle school level, teaching the 9th Grade Symphonic Winds and the 7thGrade Viking Band.  

Greg fully transitioned into the middle school level in 2014 and now teaches at the Discovery Middle School, being responsible for the 6th Grade Bands, 7th Grade Bands and the DMS Jazz Band. He also is the lesson teacher for the 8th Grade Bands.

Before Greg started teaching in Alexandria he taught at the Clinton-Graceville Schools in Graceville, MN, from 1989 to 1998 and the Grant-Deuel Schools in Revillo, SD, from 1987 to 1989.

Mr. DeGier graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 1986, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. He has also studied Instrumental Conducting with Dr. Rik Hansen at St. Cloud State University.

Greg is a member of Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA). Greg served on the NW Regional Board for MBDA as president-elect and president. He also served on the State MBDA Board as the 9-10 Jazz Audition Coordinator.

Mr. DeGier is a member of the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra where he serves as principal trumpet and associate conductor. He also plays lead trumpet for Doc’s All Stars, a local swing dance band in Alexandria.  Greg has also been involved with the local community theatre, directing and playing in the pit orchestra for several musical productions.  

Mr. DeGier is currently serving a three-year term on the Lakes Region Arts Council (LRAC) representing Douglas County.

Repertoire List:

First Year Band
Second Year Band


For logistical purposes, this roster contains high school, college, and university institutions. The regional assignment for elementary and middle schools is currently identified by the name of the HIGH SCHOOL that serves your student population.


Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids)
Bemidji State University
Concordia College (Moorhead)
Fergus Falls Community College
Northland Community College (Thief River Falls)
Minnesota State University-Moorhead


Battle Lake
Cass Lake-Bena
Circle Of Life, White Earth
Country Bible Christian, Ashby
Detroit Lakes
Eagle Valley, Eagle Bend
East Grand Forks
Fergus Falls
Greenbush-Middle River
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Fergus Falls
Kittson Central, Hallock
Lake of the Woods, Baudette
Lake Park-Audubon
Lake Region Christian School, Baxter

Marshall County Central, Newfolden
New Testament Christian School, Alexandria
New York Mills
Norman County East, Twin Valley
Norman County West, Halstad
North Star Christian Academy, Little Falls
Northland, Remer
Park Christian, Moorhead
Park Rapids Area
Parkers Prairie
Pelican Rapids
Pequot Lakes
Pine River-Backus
Red Lake
Red Lake County Central, Oklee
Red Lake Falls
Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks
Stephen-Argyle Central
Thief River Falls
Tri-County, Karlstad
Wadena-Deer Creek
West Central Area School, Barrett
Win-E-Mac, Erskine