SDBA Board Members

Jeff Patzlaff
Jeff PatzlaffPresident

Mr. Jeff Patzlaff is currently in his 30h year of teaching and his 28th year as band director in the Platte-Geddes School system.  He earned his B.M.E. from Northern State in Aberdeen, studying brass with Mr. Lonn Sweet and voice with Dr. John Berggren and being mentored by a very fine faculty.

Mr. Patzlaff is an active adjudicator for grade and high school contests in both South Dakota and Nebraska and has been guest director for several honor band festivals.  He is a member of SDMEA and SD Bandmasters Association where he has served on the board and is currently the administrator for the SDBA State Grade Contests.  For the past 6 years he has been on staff with the Jr High Rushmore Music Camp in Aberdeen.  Mr. Patzlaff is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu.

Under his direction, Platte-Geddes has consistently earned top ratings at solo/ ensemble and large group contests as well as street marching competitions.  His bands have been selected for performance at our state in-service 3 times.

In 2016 he was named one of the “50 Directors That Make a Difference” in School Band and Orchestra Magazine.  He lives with his wife, Martha, on their acreage outside of Platte where he raises sheep and does wood-working in his spare time.  They have 3 grown children: John, Amber, and Ben.

Larry Petersen
Larry PetersenPast-President

Dr. Larry Petersen assumed the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Augustana University in 2017.  Prior to this he served the as the band director at Huron High School in Huron, South Dakota.  Preceding his tenure in Huron, he served as Director of Bands at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Director of Bands for the Elk Point-Jefferson School District in Elk Point, South Dakota.

Petersen completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at The University of Iowa.  Prior to earning his Master of Music from The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Larry earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University.

He is Past-President of both South Dakota Bandmasters Association and the South Dakota chapter of Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity.

Mary Cogswell
Mary CogswellPresident-Elect

Mary Cogswell is a graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She spent the first four years of her career in Marion, SD teaching 5-12 band and currently is in her 25th year of teaching beginning band in the Brookings School District where, on average, she starts approximately 120 band students per year. Since being in Brookings, Mary created/directed the Brookings summer youth band program, directed the Brookings Elementary Beginning Band in performance for the SD Bandmaster’s convention, served as assistant conductor of the Brookings Area Summer Community Band as well as a staff member of the SDSU Summer Music Camp, assisted with the Brookings High School marching band, has been a cooperating teacher with numerous SDSU music education majors, adjudicates elementary/middle school solo/ensemble contests, and served for nine years as the SDHSAA All State Band Music Chair. Mary was inducted into the Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Hall of Fame in 2017 , was guest conductor of the Festival Band for the 2018 South Dakota Middle School All-State Band and in 2019 was the camp conductor for the inaugural SDSU All-State Music Camp for Young Band Members.  She is President of the honorary band fraternity Phi Beta Mu-SD chapter, has served the SD Bandmasters Association as young band representative and is currently President-Elect of the organization. Mary has presented young band related clinics for the SD Bandmasters convention, summer symposium, and invited guest speaker for the USD NAfME collegiate chapter as well as the SDPBS radio show “In the Moment”. In addition, Mary developed the SD Bandmasters Director of Young Bands Midwest Clinic Scholarship, the SD Bandmasters Heritage Series and is recognized as the 2019 SD School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”.

George Dragoo
George DragooSecretary/Treasurer

George Dragoo is the Director of Bands at Rapid City Stevens High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Chadron State College in Nebraska, and a Masters of Arts and Letters from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Mr. Dragoo is also a graduate of the internationally renowned American Band College. Mr. Dragoo is an active member of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and a proud member of Phi Beta Mu. He currently holds the position of President of Region 8 to the South Dakota High School Activities Association and Secretary/Treasurer for the South Dakota Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Dragoo serves as the Head Director of the Stevens High School Band. His directing responsibilities include the Symphonic Band, Silver Jazz Band, Cadet Band, Blue Raider Marching Band, and the Stevens Pep Band.  Over the summer Mr. Dragoo directs the Rapid City Ranger Band, performs with the Rapid City Municipal Band, and teaches at the Rapid City Summer Band School.

Mr. Dragoo’s family consists of his wife Jenni, and his children Simone and Ethan. He is active in the Fountain Springs Church and enjoys any pastime that allows him to spend time together with his family.   Finally, Mr. Dragoo is a Die-Hard Cubs Fan for life.

Jared Opp
Jared OppYoung Bands Representative

Jared Opp was born and raised in Roscoe, SD and graduated from Edmunds Central high school. He is in his 8th year as the 5-12 band director in Gregory, SD.  He received his undergraduate degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Northern State University in 2010.  Jared has worked with the Rushmore National Music camp for the last ten years, serving as the head counselor for the senior high week.  Jared continues to serve as an adjudicator for many area JH and HS instrumental contests. He has guest conducted the Region VII Jr. High and High school honor band and organizes the Region V festival band in Gregory every year.  Along with being a member of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and on the SDBA Board of Directors, Jared is also a member of SDMEA.  Jared and his wife Katie, the K-12 vocal music teacher in Gregory, have two children, Ian (4) and Bria (1).

Dan Carlson
Dan CarlsonDirector Regions 1-2

Mr. Dan Carlson graduated in 1994 from Pipestone High School (MN). While in middle and high school, he marched in both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (1988), as well as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade (1994). In 1999, he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. Prior to his graduation from SDSU, he student taught in Luverne, Minnesota. He also completed his Masters of Music Education Degree from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University during the summer of 2004.

Mr. Carlson was a Drum Major for the Pride of the Dakotas marching band at SDSU from 1995 through 1998. During his time at SDSU, he marched in the 1996 Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. In 1992 and 1997 he was a member of Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been writing drills for high school and college marching bands around the country since 1996, and has also been an active clinician for drum majors around the region. Mr. Carlson is in his sixteenth year of teaching band at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mr. Carlson performed in 2004 at the South Dakota Bandmaster’s Convention with his concert band, and assisted with the symphonic band in their appearances at the Bandmaster’s Convention in 2001, 2006, 2010, and 2013. During his time at Lincoln, the LHS Patriot Marching Band has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2000 and 2008, and in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005 and 2013. In 2015, the Lincoln Band was a finalist at the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional, placing 13th overall in finals competition. The band continues to be recognized as one of the top programs in the upper Midwest in all facets. Mr. Carlson is a member of Phi Beta Mu and the South Dakota Bandmaster’s Association, and was recently featured in School Band and Orchestra Magazine in the article “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”.

Mr. Carlson has been a director at Lincoln for the past 17 years, and has been the head director at Lincoln High School for the past three years – a position previously held by his father for 14 years (during which time they taught together as a father-son team). Dan now directs the Symphonic and Varsity Bands, as well as the marching band, and Jazz Band 1 and 3. Mr. Carlson has two daughters, Isabel and Adrienne.

Kelli VanOverbeke
Kelli VanOverbekeDirector Regions 3-4

Kelli VanOverbeke is currently in her 10th year of teaching as the 4th grade music exploratory teacher and 5th-12th grade band director at the Arlington School District.  Some of her duties include 5th grade band, 6th grade band, junior high concert and jazz bands, high school concert and Jazz Bands, and pep band.  She is also the band and parade coordinator of the East Central Marching Festival held each September in Arlington.  Kelli lives in Arlington with her husband, Jesse, and six children.  As a member of the SDBA board, Kelli hopes to continue assisting in the progress of music education throughout Region 3 & 4 and the rest of the state.

Renee Munsen
Renee MunsenDirector Regions 5-6

Renee Munsen is currently the 5th-12th band instructor at Wessington Springs School.  She also teaches 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade general music in Wessington Springs.  This is currently her 7th year at Wessington Springs, before that she taught 15 year instrumental music at White Lake, SD, 2 years 7-12th vocal music at Chamberlain and 3 years instrumental music at Canby, MN. Renee graduated from Northern State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music education with both vocal and instrumental where she studied alto saxophone with Dr. Paul Moxness and voice with Dr. Matthew James.  She received her Masters of Music Education from Northern State University the summer of 2014.  Renee is currently a member of SDMEA, SD Bandmasters, and a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota. She has also taught private piano lessons in the past. She currently lives on a farm south of White Lake with her husband Paul and three daughters Keah who is finishing her freshman years at West Texas A&M University, Chloe, a junior at Wessington Springs high school and Kirstie  who is an 8th grader in Wessington Springs.

Jordan Seidel
Jordan SeidelDirector Regions 7-8

Jordan Seidel was born and raised in Rapid City. During his college years, Jordan Seidel was the Drumline Instructor at Aberdeen Central High School for two years. Once graduating from Northern State University in 2013, he became the Middle School Band Director in Chamberlain, where he worked for three years. Most recently, Jordan accepted the job as the Assistant Band Director at Rapid City Stevens High School, returning to his hometown. Jordan has also been a staff member for Rushmore Music Camp, as Percussion Instructor, and the Mid-West Ambassadors of Music Tour.