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George Blank

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.

More 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.

George's experience spans from farming to running his own construction-related manufacturing company. .

Mark Nettum

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 Tallackson

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.

Gina Timmerman

Band 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.

Isla Law

Isla is an experienced musician who we are fortunate to have joined us. She brings experience both as a teacher and as a performer.

She has been a teacher in Elementary education and has also actively taught piano for many years.

Her participation 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 the spotlight.

Nancy Weiser

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 Ahlberg

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.

Michele Vannote

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 ever since!

Michele 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. Michele 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! "

Bill Kitzman

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.

After 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, Ed Christianson.
Bill's 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 Coleman

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."

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