Band Festival at the Kalahari

9th Annual Band Fest Preview (April 21-22, 2016)

Happy New Year!

Believe it or not, it is time to start getting organized for this year’s 9th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari! We have 49 middle school bands from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin attending this year's festival. This newsletter will give you some basic information to start your planning and preparations.

Band Festival Website

To get more information about the festival, first check the Band Festival Website. I continually update this site with information.

Band Festival Schedule

The Band Festival Schedule can be found by following this link:

The schedule is a Google Sheet meaning that it will be updated periodically. Soon it will include your homeroom/warm-up room assignments and what clinician will be working with your group.


The price per student has gone up $1.00 due to a rise in costs at the Kalahari. The price per student will be $27 for this year's festival. Sorry for the increase....working hard to keep the price down and quality up!

Band Festival Tshirts

We will be selling “9th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari” t-shirts again this year for $10 each, however the t-shirt sale will be pre-order only (no shirts available on the day of the festival). A picture of the t-shirt design will be sent with the information on Feb 1st.

Professional Development

Earn Professional Development Hours! This year’s festival can be taken for professional credit hours and graduate credit (through the Wisconsin Center for Music Education and Viterbo). The time spent “in the performance cycle” is worth 2.5 hours. Special sessions on various topics will be covered by our clinicians. Sign-up today at this link: or by visiting the Band Fest Website

Online Registration Opens February 1st

On or before February 1st I will send LOTS of information to you in regards to this year's festival. Along with this information will be a link to the online registration form. The online registration form will collect information such as the number of students electing to do the indoor themepark passes vs waterpark passes, number of Band Festival T-shirt orders, percussion equipment needed, music selections, and information for the program booklet. The online registration will close on Thursday, March 17. Your check and scores need to be postmarked by Friday, March 25.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Monday, February 1 – Online Registration for this Year’s Festival Opens – Information sent to you.

Monday, March 7 – Online Registration form opens to sign-up for a spot in the 10th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari. May 24-25-26, 2017 (Wed-Fri) 3 Days! Plus possible addition of a side-by-side experience with university wind ensemble performers. More information to come!

Monday, March 14 - Band Roster and Photos due.

Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) – Online Registration closes for this year’s festival.

Friday, March 25 - All scores and payment need to be postmarked by this day.

Thursday-Friday, April 21-22 – 9th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari!!

Peter Haberman

Peter Haberman serves as the director of bands and associate professor of music at Concordia College where he conducts the Concordia Band. He also leads the Echo Band, works with student conductors, teaches music education courses and coordinates the comprehensive band program. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Haberman held similar positions as director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Bucknell University. Haberman maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across North America. His ensembles have performed at conferences and music festivals across the nation and internationally. He also has served as music director for many community ensembles including the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. Haberman is an active board member for the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His honorary memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. A native of Minnesota, he has earned degrees from Concordia College, the University of Montana, and the University of Minnesota where he completed a Doctor of Music Arts in conducting. Peter lives in Moorhead, Minnesota with his wife Erika Tomten and their daughter Claire.

Phil Ostrander

Phil Ostrander is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone and trombone ensemble. Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the popular chamber group Burning River Brass Ensemble. Currently, he is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee under Michael Stern and also Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. An accomplished jazz trombonist, Dr. Ostrander has collaborated with jazz artists Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi and Rich Beirach. He teaches jazz at the Shell Lake Arts Camp in northern Wisconsin. He has recorded on Sony Classical with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Naxos with the IRIS Orchestra. Dr. Ostrander is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Musical Instrument Company.

Paul Budde

Dr. Paul J. Budde is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches Music Education I (Elementary), Music Education II (Secondary), Music for Elementary Teachers, and World Music, as well as supervises music students during Student Teaching. Previously, Budde served as an adjunct Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, Inver Hills Community College, Mankato State University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of St. Thomas. In addition, he taught middle and high school music in the public schools of Wisconsin and Minnesota for eight years. He was the creator and chairperson of Tubonium, a two-day tuba and euphonium workshop that brought low-brass enthusiasts and world-renowned guest artists to this Minnesota event. In addition, he released an album titled Practice Room Grooves, which is made up of accompaniment tracks that serves as a means to improve fundamentals during independent practice. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Band Director’s Association. Dr. Budde is an active performer (tuba) and clinician. He is a member of the Stone Arch Brass (formerly the St. Anthony Brass Quintet), an ensemble that represented the United States during performances at the 2014 Harbin Summer Music Festival in China. In addition, he has performed in numerous Twin Cities ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Lutheran Chorale, Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and VocalEssence. His primary tuba instructors have been Jerry Young and Ross Tolbert, but he has also studied with Arnold Jacobs, Sam Pilafian, and Patrick Sheridan. Dr. Budde, who currently lives in Lakeville, MN with his wife Kimberly and their four boys, earned a Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1993), a Masters Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Minnesota (2004), and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota (2011).

Patty Schlafer

Since completion of an undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, Patty Schlafer has been teaching beginning instrumental musicians in the private and public schools of Wisconsin. She currently teaches concert band and jazz band at Mount Horeb Middle School. Ms. Schlafer is proud to be a member of the music faculty in Mount Horeb where they have developed a music program that allows students to be any kind of musician they desire. All departments, band, orchestra, choir, and jazz support each other and students are encouraged to be in as many groups as their schedule allows. Since 1995, Ms. Schlafer has worked with a committee of teachers from the state of Wisconsin to help teachers implement the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project. This model for planning music instruction guides teachers to select quality musical literature with the intent of designing rich and varied outcomes for student musical growth and assessment. Ms. Schlafer has been a part of CMP Workshops for teachers throughout the state of Wisconsin, Iowa, and in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2005, Ms. Schlafer completed a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Design where her research included a study of musical tastes of the adolescent band student. She is regular guest conductor at summer music camps throughout including UW-Whitewater, Madison, Stevens Point and Green Bay. Schlafer is a life long horn player and has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Artemis Horn Quartet, Madison Wind Ensemble, and Acme Brass. In addition, she was the 2015 winner of the Madison Symphony Award for Excellence in Music Education. When not teaching, conducting, or playing horn, she is always on the lookout for a dog-friendly watering hole with family members, Ward and Mango.

Eric Songer

Eric Songer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in nearby Wales. He began playing trombone in fifth grade and was always really into pop music. He enjoyed listening to American Top 40 in order to learn what the top songs of the week were. In high school, Eric was involved in band as well as many other activities including golf, bowling, drama, and the school newspaper. Eric attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he earned his degree in music and math education. He participated in numerous performing ensembles including Jazz 1, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, The Singing Statemen among others. In 2004 Eric completed his Masters in Education at St. Thomas. Eric is in his 19th year teaching at Chaska Middle School. He was named Teacher of the Year in District 112 in 2007 and was a semifinalist for 2008 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He was named Young Band Director of the Year in 2008 by the American School Band Directors Association. The Chaska Middle School -West Band Department was featured in the February 2009 issue of "The Instrumentalist". Eric was the runner up for Minnesota Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2009 and was inducted into the Kettle Moraine High School Hall of Fame in March 2010. In 2013, Eric was awarded the Unsung Heroes Second Prize for his project "Music Education for the Next Generation" which was a grant for $12,000 to his school music program. In 2014, Eric was named a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator of the Year Grammy Award. In 2015, he won a $5,000 grant from Century Link Foundation. He has presented on music education at many conferences and colleges across the country. Eric served as the secretary of the Minnesota State Unit of JEN from 2005-2007 and belongs to ASBDA, MBDA, NAfME and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Outside of teaching, Eric still loves to perform. He plays in the Calhoun Brass, Rank & Style, Tapestry, among others. Eric loves to bowl, golf and play volleyball. He is currently co-writing a book and trying his hand at writing music for television. He loves spending time with his wife Heidi and his children Caleb and Abby.

Cindy Terhune (Percussion)

Cindy Terhune earned her bachelors degree in music education from UW-Madison and completed her masters in music performance under the direction of Anthony DiSanza at UW-Madison. She owns the Terhune Music Studio where she teaches private piano and percussion lessons to about fifty students. She has performed as a section percussionist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Symphony Orchestra, and principal percussion in the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. She teaches the Sun Prairie High School percussion ensemble and is assistant director of the Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Cindy freelances as a percussion clinician (concert and rudimental) at many area school districts including Beaver Dam, Beloit Turner, Lodi, and Waukesha West.

Ken Paris (Percussion)

Ken Paris is a retired band director and educator. His teaching career included four years(1975-1979) in Fort Atkinson and thirty years(1979-2009) in Sun Prairie. Mr. Paris received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago (1975) and his Masters degree in music education from UW Madison in 1992. Professionally, he was a member of WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association), MENC (Music educators national conference) and WNBA (Wisconsin national band association). Mr. Paris was also President/Treasurer/Secretary of MACBDA (Mid America Competing Band Directors Association) for 15 years. His duties in Fort Atkinson school district included elementary band, HS marching band and all percussion lessons district wide. In Sun Prairie, Mr. Paris taught band at every level and building in the district. He also directed the HS pep band, JV sound project and Sound of Sun Prairie for many years. He was department coordinator for 6 years and taught a jazz ensemble every year since its start in the early 1980's. Mr. Paris grew up on a dairy farm south of Madison and attended school in Oregon. He loves the sport of volleyball and coached in Sun Prairie from 1986-2009. Mr. Paris retired in June of 2009 and looks forward to the opportunities of travel and spending more time with his family.

Stacey Zwirlein (Percussion)

Stacey Zwirlein is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Orchestra at Arrowhead High School. Mrs. Zwirlein conducts Chamber Strings, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, North Jazz and South Jazz Ensembles, AHS Percussion Ensemble, while assisting in the other ensembles in the music program. In addition, Mrs. Zwirlein is the Director of Pep Band and Assistant Director of the AHS Marching Band. Prior to her position at Arrowhead, she worked with the Waukesha South Marching Band, Racine Lighthouse Brigade, and the Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band (two ensembles in the summer competitive MACBDA circuit). Mrs. Zwirlein holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from UW-Madison and a Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She attended UW-Madison on a four-year music scholarship and was awarded the Gerald B. Olson Music Education Scholarship in 2005. In 2004, Mrs. Zwirlein was selected from numerous undergraduate and graduate students as a winner in the UW-Madison School of Music Concerto Competition. Mrs. Zwirlein is an active membership in Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, and Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Mrs. Zwirlein was invited to serve as the percussion coach for the WSMA State Honors Orchestra for the 2014-16 seasons. She is an active clinician, percussion coach, and performer. She resides in Menomonee Falls with her incredible husband, Nick, (also a musician), their latest addition, Oskar (13 months), and two cats.

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