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Jim Kierstead

Obituary: Jim Kierstead, 1952-2016

We’re saddened to announce that James Frederick ‘Jim’ Kierstead died in an accident at his home in Windsor, Massachusetts. Jim was born May 4, 1952, in Washington D.C., and was raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Isabel Bird Kierstead, his father, Friend Hans Kierstead, Jr., and sister […]

Megan Cooney

The Band Is Back: St. Ambrose Forms First Band In Decades

Going without a uniformed marching band since the 1930s, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, has put its band back together. St. Ambrose band director (and former Minuteman Band graduate assistant) Megan Cooney ’14MM leading a group of 30 students as they recreate their band program from scratch. Fellow UMMB alumna Rachel Rivard ’15 is assisting […]

Rock Voices

Finding a Voice with Tony Lechner ’93, ’97MM

Minuteman Band fans might remember Tony Lechner ’93, ’97 MM as “the Phantom” from 1990s halftime shows, but he’s been taking his love for singing and sharing it with everyday folks who also love to sing. He’s the director of Rock Voices, which began as a pet project alongside his teaching career, but after witnessing its […]