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Jim Kinlaw

FM Golden Notes founder and ex-officio band manager. Jim has already retired from 3 careers; the U.S. Navy, Kmart and the VA.
Jim continues to keep busy with a part-time job. The band manager promotes the band in matters of scheduling and finding venues for us to perform.

"The band has been a highlight in my life along with my family and my church family. Life is rich!"

 

Dr. Michael Thrasher

Thrasher, a former NDSU music associate, encouraged Jim Kinlaw to take on playing an instrument and provided a connection to the New Horizons Music international organization.

Dr. Thrasher is currently the Director of Performing Arts at the University of Texas, Tyler, Texas.
Dr. Thrasher maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician, appearing in venues throughout the central and western United States. In the orchestral area, he has performed in numerous symphony and opera orchestras in Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota.


Peter Schiefelbein,
Director

We welcome Peter, the reverend Peter, to our podium. Pete brings with him a very exciting collection of personal and musical skills. Since the first of the year, 2015, the Golden Notes band has already made new strides under his direction.

His depth of musical knowledge and his wit and sense of humour, is the perfect prescription for producing music and helping each of us to develope our musicianship.


Alexia Kieffer

Alexia has been with the band from early on. She is an eager participant and is always willing to do any additional tasks that are needed to facilitate the band's operation.

She has spent most of her life as a farmer's wife. She also enjoys crafts and antique collecting.


Andrea 'Andi' Hansen

Andrea is a NDSU grad, who is now retired. She retired her trombone after high school and picked it up again forty years later. She grew up in Zeeland, North Dakota. She was for a while the sole trombone. Thankfully, reinforcements have started coming in.

She lives with husband Dale, one dog and two cats. Other interests include camping, fishing, reading, gardening and traveling. She participates in two half marathons a year. Musically, Andie has played handbells in church for more than 25 years.


Shannon Vanderford

Shannon brought a lot of musical experience with her when she joined our group in October 2013. She had just arrived from Memphis, Tennessee in September.

Shannon played flute in high school and college, and in her community concert band for the past 14 years.

She works as an elementary grades reading tutor in West Fargo. Shannon enjoys reading, gardening, bike riding, and spending time with her family

Anita Hovland

Anita, our bass clarinet player, adds that mellow, rich tone to the bass voices. She joined the band in 2010. In addition to playing with the FMGN, she also plays with the Page community band and the West Fargo summer band. Other hobbies enjoyed on the farm near Buffalo include quilting, playing piano, and reading.

"I might have to drive 100 miles for rehearsals and performances, but I love playing so it's worth it!" She and her husband Carl enjoy three months of winter in Arizona.

Harold (Hal) Rosenheim

Hal joined the band in 2015 after visiting the band open house at Ekroth Music. In a few short months he was producing beautiful sounds with his rented Alto Saxophone. Hal shares, "The Golden Notes has provided an opportunity for fulfilling a long-standing desire to directly engage in musical performance."

Hal is retired as a Clinical Psychologist. Reading, stamp collecting, religious study, and gardening are some of his interests.

Jim Coomber

The Golden Notes enthusiastically welcomes Jim Coomber, who adds depth and experience to our trombone section.
Jim played trombone in band and orchestra in high school and college, as well as in a community band in his home town in Illinois.
In 1966 he joined the English faculty of Concordia College in Moorhead and retired in 2012.
Jim has authored several language arts textbooks as well as articles and books on regional history and culture.
Jim remains an adjunct faculty of NDSU, teaching an internet graduate course.
Jim and his wife Eleanor have two children and two grandchildren.

Dave Scott and Luke Sollie

The Golden Notes were extremely happy to welcome back one of their former directors, Luke Sollie, who joined them with his horn at one of their 2015 summer concerts. Luke is a graduate of Concordia College and currently is the band director in the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley schools.

As for Dave Scott he jokes "His wife was right! One should not have a picture taken after turning 65. Hopefully, Luke's cheerful, smiling face may distract the attention of viewers away from that ancient visage behind him." Dave started playing horn in 1940 but abandoned the instrument for 63 years! Until he found the F/M Golden Notes Band. And what a find that was! All he can say is, "Strike up the band!-- and come join the fun!"

Sharon Mund

Sharon came to us in the fall of 2015. Sharon is another experienced musician who recently concluded her teaching career. She was strongly inspired by her award-winning country school elementary teacher in Larimore, North Dakota. After graduating from Mayville State College she found a position in Grand Forks. After several years there, she came to Fargo and remained 24 years at Horace Mann Elementary. In her class room she would start each day with the song, "You Are My Sunshine."

"Music has always been an important part of my life," Sharon said. She played trombone in high school, has been a church organist, and a piano teacher.

 

Les Jensen

Les Jensen is originally from Edinburg, ND. He studied Science at the USAF Academy and music at the USD and VCM. Les moved from Iowa 3 years ago and has been looking for a musical group to join. While teaching at Fargo North High, he met and became friends with music teacher, Brian Tessman, now in our bass section.

Les retired from a 27 YEAR military career as a fighter pilot and pilot instructor in the USAF and Iowa ANG. He recorded 138 combat flying missions and was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He taught public school music for 10 1/2 years and privately for 35 years. He will be playing violin and trumpet in the Golden Notes Band.

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