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 Master of Music Education Degree from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University between the summers of 2002 and 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 began teaching band at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1999. Mr. Carlson performed in 2004 at the South Dakota Bandmasters Convention with his concert band and assisted with the symphonic band in their appearances at the Bandmasters Convention in 2001, 2006, 2010, and 2013. As head director, he brought the band to perform at the 2018 South Dakota Bandmster’s Convention. 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 both 2015 and 2017, the Lincoln Band was a finalist at the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional, placing 13th overall in finals competition at an event which included over 60 marching bands each year. 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 Bandmasters Association and was recently featured in School Band and Orchestra Magazine in the article “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” In 2016 Mr. Carlson received the “Outstanding Bandmaster” Award from Phi Beta Mu, an award granted to one South Dakota Band Director each year. During the summer of 2019, Mr. Carlson also co-directed a band on a seven-country tour of Europe with the South Dakota Ambassadors of Music.
Mr. Carlson is in his 22nd year as a director at Lincoln, and 8th year as head director - 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, Pep Band, and Jazz Bands 1 and 3. Mr. Carlson has two daughters, Isabel and Adrienne.
Mr. Sam Anderson graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002. He was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2001 and again in 2003 when he was a soloist in the show and was Mellophone Champion at the Individual & Ensemble Contest.
In 2006, he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. While there, he performed featured trumpet solos with the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra while under the tutelage of Dr. Phil Norris. From 2007-2013 Mr. Anderson taught and developed the band program (grades 5-12) at Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, MN. From 2009-2013 he was the Assistant Marching Band Director at Park Center Senior High School, Brooklyn Park, MN. In the summers of 2011 and 2012, the band was crowned State Champion at the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, MN. In 2015, Mr. Anderson received the “Dennis Hegg Outstanding Young Director” Award from the South Dakota Bandmaster’s Association. In 2016 he earned a Master of Music Education Degree through Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. In 2017 he was the guest conductor for the CMBDA (Central Minnesota Band Director’s Association) First-Year Honor Band in Zimmerman, MN.
At Lincoln, he directs the Concert Band, Freshman Band, Jazz II, and assists with the Pep Band and Marching Band. He and his wife Marlea have four children: Owen, April, Ivan, and Azalea.
Contact Mr. Anderson at email@example.com.
Marching Band Staff
Designer: Julie Hadley
Technicians: Ashley Mckeown, Erin Niemeyer and Serena Scott
Writer & Visual Designer: Kevin Carlson
Visual & Musical Technicians: Emily Anderson, Ali Hoffman, Sophie Drotzman, Lon Semansky, Jordan Hoffman, Michael Hoffman, Andrea Carlson, Trey Townsend, Tim Eckart, Robert Conrad, Joe Waters, Seth Brick and Nate Sletten
Arranger: Kyle Haugen
Technicians: Pete Hansen, Jason Raether, Dan Sailer, Aaron Ragsdale, Austin Meyer, Matt Kossick, Alex Pfeiffer and Dan Heier
Arranger: Dan Sailer
Sound Technition & Front Ensemble Coordinator: Jason Raether