Our Directors


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.”  In 2016 Mr. Carlson received the “Outstanding Bandmaster” Award from Phi Beta Mu.

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.

Contact Mr. Carlson at daniel.carlson@k12.sd.us or 605-367-7895.

sam anderson
Assistant Director

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 samuel.anderson@k12.sd.us.

Marching Band Staff

Color Guard

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

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