We have been fortunate that George has shared his talents
with us now for a few years. He orginally joined our band
playing the electric bass guitar when we were tuba poor. He
gave our bass voices a boost.
recently, George found an antique baritone sax in reasonably
good condition which he determined to play. He now not only
plays with verve but can, if not restrained, can easily dominate
the entire bass register. George, always modest, was known
to quip, "I am the 1,750th best bass guitar player..
in Cass County.
experience spans from farming to running his own construction-related
manufacturing company. .
Mark arrived in 2018 to add a lot of
clout to the increasingly terrific trombones section. Mark
is a native of Fargo with a rich and varied background from
teaching to construction as well as playing in local bands.
Mark is as energetic as he is creative in
the pursuit of creative ideas and music performance. He is
eager to jump in and excelerate the entertainment aspect that
was originally extolled by the founding director Ed Christianson.
Theresa is another musician who makes a long commute in order
to to play with us.
Her career background is also in teaching.
Theresa was a teacher of English, and that discipline expands
into the humanities, language and culture gleaned through
the written word with all its cultural implications and meanings.
Though she prefers to be a quiet presence
in the background she adds to our growing cadre of saxophones.
and chorus were very important to Gina while in school. She
played and sang in lots of group gatherings. Then as life
continued, there were church choirs and community cantatas
that were a highlight in her life.
She and her husband, Bill, have 2 adult children and 3 precious
granddaughters. Her oldest grandaughter also plays the alto
sax in school. Gina and she enjoy playing duets in church
and nursing homes.
Gina joined an adult band in Page, ND. She enjoyed that and
now enjoys the FM Golden Notes very much. Gina spent 37 pleasant
years working for the Arthur Companies and the Burgum family
from which she retired.
is an experienced musician who we are fortunate to have joined
us. She brings experience both as a teacher and as a performer.
been a teacher in Elementary education and has also actively
taught piano for many years.
will enhance the Golden Notes' performances in many ways due
to her experience in music as well as theater. She has performed
vocally in FM Opera productions and on stage at the FM Theater
Company. Gradually a cadre of vocalists is beginning to emerge
from among the band membership and will soon be stepping into
Our principal among the fabulous flutes, Nancy, is a retired
music professional. She is among those whose versatile contributions
have so greatly enriched our band.
When we need an accompanist we can call on her; When we need
a piccolo obbligato, we call on her; when we need a substitute
director we can call on Nancy. She also is helping to keep
our music library organized and that is a tough assignment.
Linda joined the band in 2006 and feels fortunate to play
with the "fabulous flutes" section. She especially "appreciates
all the other wonderful people in the band!" Before moving
to West Fargo, Linda and her husband, David, spent 35 years
farming northwest of Devils Lake.
She enjoys games, reading, playing the piano, growing flowers,
fishing and spends way too much time texting back and forth
with her sister, daughters and six grandchildren.
Originally a Golden Notes "groupie," Michele was encouraged
to join by a friend who extolled the philosophy and fun of
being in the band. Michele
relocated her clarinet that was last played at Williston High
and last seen in Montana! Well, after tracking it down, she
took some refresher lessons and has been blowing up a storm
is a retired Fargo school principal. Since her arrival she
has used her administrative skills and connections to grow
the band and give it an official standing in the community.
clearly has become the most active person in recruiting musical
candidates from among her large array of city connections.
"I'm not perfect yet but what's a squeak among friends?
Look out, Woody Allen! "
As a farm kid from Sawyer, North Dakota, Bill grew up with
music in the home. His dad played a concertina and his mother
an accordian. Although they encouraged his playing, it was
only later he took an interest in his dad's concertina. Bill
stayed busy with music ever since.
his military days he was able to earn a few bucks playing
cordovox with local Fargo bands. Bill played mostly by ear
in those days with a group called the "Happy Jacks."
One of our number was a talented 'button trombone' player,
tuba career was launched in Foreman, N. Dakota when a community
band was started. After moving to Fargo, Bill joined the “Royal
Melodies,” dividing his time between accordian and tuba. After
finishing his work career, Bill continues to enjoy playing.
He performs with a brass ensemble at church and is now a welcome
member of the FM Golden Notes band. Bill is a talented master
showman. We are so happy Bill shares his talent with us.
Linda grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. In their spare
time the kids all played and sang around the piano, so music
is in her blood. She started her varied career as an operating
room nurse, married and then worked as family therapist. She
and also sold real estate for 22 years.
Linda says, "I read every book I can find, and play with
my grandson's every chance I get. Now retired, I love to be
a part of the Golden Notes even though I'm rusty. What a great
family of new friends ! Love it."