Honor Band Conductor
Mark Perkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in composite music from Dickinson State University. Mark taught music in North Dakota schools for 36 years where his high school bands consistently earned superior ratings. Many of his students have been all-state performers and have traveled extensively participating in festivals across the state of North Dakota. Several accomplished students have represented their school and country as members of the Northern Ambassadors of Music that tour Europe in the summer. Mark recently retired as the Director of Bands and Technology at Scranton High School in Scranton, North Dakota as well as an adjunct lecturer of music at Dickinson State University. He is currently serving as an Applied Brass instructor with the St. Michael/Albertville High School in St. Michael Minnesota.
Mark has extensive performance experience on French Horn, most notably as a past member of the Billings Symphony Orchestra in Billings, Montana. He is a sought after brass clinician and judge as well as a guest conductor of bands. Mark also has a wealth of professional experience as an electric bass player and has performed all over the Midwest in many different genres.
Mark was awarded the North Dakota Music Awards “Music Educator of the Year” for 2015. He was also a quarterfinalist for the 2015 Grammy award for Music Educators. Mark holds memberships in the National Band Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, and the North Dakota Association of Technology Leaders. He was the manager of the region 10 class “B” music festivals and a past member of the North Dakota High School Activities Association Music advisory committee. Mark and his wife Gayle presently live in St. Michael Minnesota. They have two grown daughters that live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and are both active in the field of music. Their daughter Kat was a top 5 finalist on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice”.
Mixed Choir Conductor
Brent Rogers taught for two years on the music faculty at Arizona Western College (AWC), where he conducted the Yuma Chorale and AWC Chamber Singers. Rogers is currently earning his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Arizona, where he served for two years as the conductor of the Collegium Musicum, the University's early music ensemble. He was also an associate conductor of the University's Honor Choir, Recital Choir and University Singers. Rogers holds a master's degree in choral conducting and a bachelor's degree in music education, both from Brigham Young University (BYU) where he served as assistant conductor of the internationally-acclaimed BYU Singers and associate conductor of the University Chorale.
Women's Choir Conductor
Andrew (Andy) Miller is a music educator, choir director, composer and performer. Andy earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from Bemidji State and his Master’s in conducting from MN State-Mankato. Miller founded and directed the MN based professional vocal ensemble, From Age to Age, from 2007 – 2012. Andy is currently the director of choral activities at Bismarck State College, choir director at Evangel Assemblies of God Church, and artistic director of the Bismarck-Mandan semi-professional vocal ensemble, Inspirare. Miller is an active, published, and award-winning composer of choral music, with twelve pieces published and several unpublished. Miller won the 2013 NDSU Choral Composition Contest, and was chosen by the ND Music Teacher’s Association as the commissioned composer of the 2016 conference in Bismarck, with a nomination to also be the NDMTA national composer of the year in 2017. Andy has served as guest conductor to several choral festivals, ACDA and MEA conferences across the upper-Midwest. He lives in Mandan with his wife and six-month-old daughter.