Meet the Staff

Connor Challey

Director, Gold Star Athletic Bands

M.M., Colorado State University
B.M., University of Miami

Connor Challey is the Director of Athletic Bands at North Dakota State University, where he instructs brass chamber ensembles, teaches private tuba lessons, and manages instrumental rentals. Challey recently performed as a soloist with the NDSU Wind Symphony on the 2018 concert tour. Prior to his time at NDSU, he instructed Breathing Gym at The University of Miami and with System Blue, a division of Blue Devils Performing arts on their Blue Devils International Tour. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Tuba Performance from Colorado State University. His teachers include Samuel Pilafian, Patrick Sheridan, Aaron Tindall, Stephen Dombrowski, and Velvet Brown.

Growing up in California, Challey was involved in a range of musical activities. While living in the Bay Area, he instructed Guitar, Bass, and Drum Set lessons while also playing in multiple Rock, Metal, and Punk Bands. Challey is a chartering member of the Beta Psi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and a member of The International Tuba Euphonium Association. He currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota.

Lindsay Poock

Color Guard Instructor

Lindsay is a Gold Star Marching Band Alumni from 2006-2009. She graduated from MSUM in 2010. She was able to be a part of the band through the Tri-College program. She grew up in Wadena MN, that had a small marching band. It was through that experience that she grew her passion for Color Guard. She has been back as an instructor for the Color Guard at NDSU since 2016. She has been the instructor for the guard at Moorhead High School as well since 2014. Her passion is teaching and instructing everyone no matter what their experience level. She strives to create an environment of support and collaboration within the team. Along with creating a unified visual effect for the band.

Her roles within the band include choreographing routines for the shows, instructing/teaching basics to match all individual skill levels. She ensures that every student feels comfortable with the routines and ensure that they are challenging but fun. She also helps out where ever else she can for the band.

Lindsay lives in Moorhead with her husband, 2 busy boys, Charlie (6) and Barrett(3), and her dog, Jack. She tends to bring the boys to practice to make sure that they develop the love for the band that she has, and Bison football too. Often times you will find her busy chasing her boys and camping with her family.

Andrew Nicholson

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Gold Star Athletic Bands

B.M.E., University of Wisconson, Eau Claire

Andrew Nicholson is a Graduate Student at North Dakota State University, pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting. He currently is a Teaching Assistant for several undergraduate courses at NDSU, and recently finished a semester of teaching at Northwood School District in Minong, Wisconsin.

Andrew enjoys a busy conducting schedule that led to him winning the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (UWEC) conducting competition in the spring of 2015. He was also selected to be one of four Drum Majors for the Blugold Marching Band at UWEC in the fall of 2015. Andrew's conducting allowed him to do several world premieres, including a Tuba/Euphonium arrangement of the music from the video game Halo 3 called, Never Forget Halo by Matthew Strom.

Andrew also enjoys his time as a successful Euphonium Soloist. He was the Drum Corps International World Champion Euphonium Soloist. Andrew was also a featured soloist for several groups, including the Ladysmith Community Band, Basically Brass at UWEC, and several NDSU sponsored events.

Andrew holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education form the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Some of his mentors in conducting include John Stewart, Warren Olfert, Russell Mikkelson, and Rodney Dorsey. He also received lessons on Euphonium form several notable performers such as Ystein Baadsvik, Jerry Young, David Werden, Neal Corwell, and Gail Robertson.