Nine Milbank High School band students attended Vivace Leadership Training in Sioux Falls on July 12. The camp was put on by Vivace Productions, Inc. Presenters included Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Dr. John Villella.
Dr. Lautzenheiser serves as the vice president of education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. His career spans ten years of college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University. After serving as the executive director of Bands of America, he created Attitude Concepts, Inc. to accommodate the many requests for student leadership workshops, convention speaking, and professional development presentations for educators.
Dr. Villella, owner and president of Vivace Productions, frequently serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, guest lecturer, and director of music festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His professional affiliations include membership in the National Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the national and state organizations of Music Educators.
MHS attendees included: Seniors – Hattie Muellenbach, Savannah Stengel, and Jacquie Wold; Juniors – Luis Berrones, Ellie Neugebauer, Elsie Seffrood, and Jacob Shelstad; Sophomores – Daniel Shelstad and Lydia Street. Susan Karels, band instructor for grades 6-12 in the Milbank School District, accompanied the students to Sioux Falls.
Back row: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Elsie Seffrood, Ellie Neugebauer, Lydia Street, Luis Berrones, and Jacob Shelstad. Front row: Jacquie Wold, Savannah Stengel, Hattie Muellenbach, and Daniel Shelstad.