BOARD ELECTIONS

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Below are all of the candidates for the 2021 Board of Directors. 

Please Note: You do not need to be a dues paying member of UMAA to vote in the election of the UMBAS board - any alumni of the University of Minnesota Band Program is eligible to vote. Voting is open October 23, 2020 through November 9, 2020. 

 

President-Elect Candidate

ADAM CONNOLLY

Years in Band: 2008-2012
Ensembles: Marching Band, Campus Band, U Band, Women's Athletic Band
Instruments: Trumpet & Baritone


As UMBAS continues to grow and evolve as an organization, I would like to continue service UMBAS as President–Elect to give back to the band program that has given so much to me. I previously served as Treasurer and as a Director at Large, as well as currently serve as the Finance Chair. As we look towards the future I want to continue to help engage alumni with the current band members as well as engaging alumni of all ages. We have a vast group of people who are devoted to promoting the bands. As we move forward in this new way of connecting and supporting both alumni and the current band students, I hope I can bring my skills and experiences to the board to continue to support the bands in every way.

Secretary-Elect Candidate

LAURA ZIEGELSKI

I attended the U of M from 2015-19 and majored in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I played clarinet in marching and campus bands, and was a member of Tau Beta Sigma, serving as a committee chair for one year. Outside of band and classes, I was involved in a project-based engineering student group, Tesla Works, where I started and ran a project to make R2-D2. I held two officer positions: Project Director, which provided the project managers with support and resources, and President, which oversaw the officers board and the group as a whole.
 
Since graduation I have been working as a manufacturing engineer for Minco Products. I am also a member of the volunteer field staff for the marching band, and (in non-covid years) play in the alumni summer band.
 
The summer band was my first experience interacting with a lot of alumni, and I loved getting to know other alumni and hear their stories. I’d love to help create more of those connections within the band community and form a stronger connection between the current members and the alumni.

Treasurer Elect-Candidate

ANDREW DURKOT

Hello! My name is Andrew Durkot and I’m running for the Treasurer-Elect position within UMBAS. I graduated undergrad in 2017 with a double major in Economics and Political Science, spent 4 years in the band and pep bands playing trumpet. Came back and completed a Masters in Public Policy in Spring 2020, and am now working with the Community Reinvestment Fund as a Credit Analyst. I’m interested in the position because now that I’m done with schooling, I can commit more effective time to UMBAS and help apply a lot of the theory I learned as a Masters student to the organization.

At-Large Director Candidate

JEANNE LUNDHOLM

Marching band, concert band, and pep band ‘85-’90, picnic band alumni pep band and summer band ‘87-present. Currently a media specialist in Pine City, MN. Would like to see more blended events with alumni and students.

At-Large Director Candidate

JOANNE HARTFIEL

Years in Band: 1999-2005

Pep Band, University Band, Marching Band, Summer Band
Drumline, Trumpet


After a few years, I have a better understanding of time commitment within the Band Alumni Society and my responsibilities as an Office Support Assistant with the Marching Band. I have a passion for the Pride of Minnesota members – past and present. I want to stay involved with the Band Alumni Society to continue to work alongside other members of the board, and keep finding ways to make an impact for the organization and the members.
Thank you for your consideration.

At-Large Director Candidate

MATT FERGUS

I spent 4 years in the marching band, as well as pep band, playing bass drum and being the team leader of the drumline for my last season in 2020. I participated in UMMB video and ran the drumline social media account, and I'm looking forward to bringing those skills to UMBAS. As someone who has left the band recently, I'm hoping to be a great connection between alumni and current members for things like preserving our history and networking, and I want to help increase the outreach of UMBAS through visual media.

At-Large Director Candidate

ELENA (SANCHEZ) VAN DER WEGE

Years In Band: 1987-1993 

Ensembles: Marching Band (Flag), Pep Band (Clarinet), Assorted Concert Bands, currently-Alumni Band. Previous Experience: UMBAS Council Secretary-elect / Secretary: mid 2000's.

Studied: Humanities Employment: 15 years as an office manager, currently inactive due to the pandemic.

My previous service on the council showed me the importance of bridging the gap between student musicians and alumni and how their energy combined with our wisdom and experience could benefit both organizations. I appreciate all that the UMBAS does to enrich the community as well as foster a continued love of music, performance and pride that comes from having been part of the U of MN band program because... #bandisfamily.

 
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