The St. Cloud Municipal Band is proud to have four great musical conductors at the 125th anniversary concert.
Dave Haedt is retired from a career as a high school band director in several different schools. He also is a past director of the St. Cloud Municipal Band and the Great River Concert Band. Dave plays sax and keyboard in several bands ranging from two piece to 16 piece big bands. In his spare time he does volunteer piano playing at hospitals and nursing homes, and for fun drives cars on Tuesdays at the auto auction in Rogers. He is excited to return to the St. Cloud Municipal Band to help celebrate their 125th Anniversary!
Mel Hauck is a retired music teacher and part-time professional musician. He has a B.S. in music education from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. from St. Cloud State and taught music in Slayton, Minnesota. and at South Junior High in St. Cloud for a total of 34 years. Before retiring in 1994, he had taught music for 34 years and is currently farming and playing in various bands. Mel has also been involved with the St. Cloud Municipal Band, both as a tuba player and substitute conductor, since 1970.
Lowell Larson received his Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University in Music Education in 1979. He taught instrumental music grades 5-12 in the Royalton, MN school district for seven years. He then moved to Annandale, MN in 1986 to teach middle school bands, classroom music, and marching band at both the middle school and high school level. While at Annandale, he went to graduate school at St. Cloud State University and received his Master's degree in Music Education in 1989. He is now in his 27th year of teaching at Annandale. Lowell is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Minnesota Band Director's Association. Lowell's involvement with the St. Cloud Municipal Band began in 1981 when he played in the trombone section. In 1985, he and fellow conductor Bob Wig, shared the conducting responsibilities of the band for ten years. He then resigned his conducting position and did not play again in the band until fall of 2010. He presently plays in the euphonium section and serves as associate conductor.
Marv Pearson received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1955 from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1965. He taught in Northern Wisconsin from 1955 – 1959. Marv returned to Minnesota and taught for the St. Cloud School District from 1959 - 1990, serving as Director of Bands at Tech High School from 1970 on. Marv joined the St. Cloud Municipal Band in 1959 when he returned to Minnesota and he served as its director from 1975 – 1982. In 1984, Marv become on for the first directors of the SCACHSMB. He wishes to thank the SCMB for organizing the special 125th Anniversary concert and inviting him back to be one of the guest conductors.