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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. He is a popular
figure at the Scheels store in Fargo where he can be seen
as the operator of the Ferris Wheel in the midst of the store.
the original "band manager" who promoted the band
in ALL matters of scheduling, making contacts and finding
venues for us to perform as well as being the band's model
for friendliness and good will.
"The band has been a highlight in my life along with
my family and my church family. Life is rich!"
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, the reverend Peter, commands our podium. 'Pete' brings
with him a notable collection of personal knowledge and musical
skills. Joining us in 2015, the Golden Notes band has made
major strides under his direction.
draws from an impressive depth of musical knowledge . He displays
a Renaissance-like knowledge of many topics and is able to
speak on these at the drop of a baton. His ready wit and sense
of humour, is the perfect prescription for producing music
and entertaining audiences. We have all developed in our musicianship
under his direction..
has been with the band since its launch with Ed Christianson.
She is an eager participant and is always willing to do any
additional tasks that are needed to facilitate the band's
her husband remain active in the business of farming. Alexia
has spent most of her life as a farmer's wife. Along with
regrowing her skills as a clarinet player, she also enjoys
crafts and antique collecting.
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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
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
Jim and his wife Eleanor have two children and two grandchildren.
Scott and Luke Sollie
The Golden Notes were extremely
happy to welcome back their former director, Luke Sollie,
who joined them with his horn at one of their 2015 summer
concerts. Luke is a music graduate of Concordia College
for Dave Scott he jokes "His wife was right! One should
not have a picture taken after 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
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."
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.
Verlene is another retired Fargo teacher, an
English teacher and ELL coordinator. "Joining the Golden
Notes has been one of the most fulfilling activities in my retirement.
I still play the clarinet my parents bought for me when I graduated
from 8th grade." Joining the band in 2006, she hadn't played
since her junior year in college.
I feel that we contribute to the community by performing at
nursing homes and other organizations. It's a win win situation
for us all." Her husband Del and both their sons also love
music. Verlene says, "Music is truly for life."
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