Staff of the Gold Star Marching Band
Dr. Sigurd Johnson

Director, Gold Star Marching Band

D.M.A., Univeristy of Memphis
M.M., Northwestern University
B.A., Concordia College

Dr. Sigurd Johnson is Director of Athletic Bands and an Associate Professor of Music at North Dakota State University. Prior to his appointment at NDSU, he served as Director of Bands and Percussion at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND; Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS; and as a percussion arranger and instructor on the staff of the University of Memphis Marching Band.

While living in the mid-south, Dr. Johnson was a member of the percussion section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, an active jazz and theater freelance performer and a clinician/adjudicator. He also spent four years teaching and performing in Norway. Currently, Dr. Johnson spends a portion of his summer teaching percussion at the International Music Camp, where he is also an executive member of the IMC board and president of the US Corporation. He has served as the East Region Band Representative for the North Dakota Music Education Association, is a past president of the North Dakota National Band Association; and has served as North Dakota State Chair for the collegiate chapters of the Music Educators National Conference. He is active in the upper Midwest as a percussion, jazz ensemble and concert band clinician and adjudicator, as well as a guest conductor of Festival and Honor bands. Dr. Johnson is a Yamaha Percussion Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets artist as well as a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Instruments Education Team.

Dr. Nick Meyers

Drumline Instructor
D.M.A – North Dakota State University
M.M. – University of Tennessee
B.M. – Augusta State University

Nicholaus Meyers, a native of Georgia, is currently Director of Bands/Percussion/Composition and Assistant Professor of Music at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. At Valley City State University he directs the concert and athletic bands, teaches percussion, composition, and theory. He is also the assistant director for the North Dakota State University “Gold Star Marching Band” who for 5 consecutive years (2012-2016) have been part of a Division I FCS National Championship football season. Additionally, he is the drumline arranger for the Northeastern State University “River Hawk” drumline in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, drumline instructor at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, North Dakota, faculty member at IMC (International Music Camp) and a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Opera and is the director of the NDSU Governors School Honor Band each summer. Before coming to North Dakota, Dr. Meyers taught at Augusta State University, Troy University, and Augusta Technical College and was the assistant band director at Lakeside High School in Evans, Georgia. Other ensembles he has performed with are: Augusta Symphony, Augusta Opera, Augusta Players, Augusta Chorale Society, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, Fort Gordon Dinner Theater, and also performs throughout the year on recitals, masterclasses and adjudicates throughout the state of North Dakota. He is also a commissioned composer whose works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. His latest CD “Stepping Away” was released on September 19, 2016 which features his solo piano music.

He is the Chair of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Composition Committee, Vice President of the PAS North Dakota Chapter, is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Dr. Meyers is also a Black Swamp Percussion, Vater Sticks and Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, Gon Bops, Aquarian Drumheads, and Yamaha Performing Artist. He received his degrees from North Dakota State University (DMA), the University of Tennessee (MM), and Augusta State University (BM).

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