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
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
Online Registration Opens February 1st
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 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.
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.
Cindy Terhune (Percussion)
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.