Director:  Mr. Dan Carlson

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.

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Asst. 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 .   (email:

Colorguard Designer: Emily Savage  graduated from Champlin Park High School in 2001.  In her senior year, she helped lead her winterguard to be the first colorguard from Minnesota to make WGI Finals. Emily spent the summers of 2001, 2002 and 2004 marching with Minnesota Brass Incorporated and she had the honor of marching with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 and 2005. Her husband, Tyler, is a Lincoln grad and that is what brought her to Sioux Falls. Emily has been with the Lincoln Band since 2011. She also writes choreography for many local marching bands as well.

Asst. Colorguard Designer: Melanie Sittig

Music Arranger:  Kyle Haugen

Band Drill Writer & Visual Coordinator:  Kevin Carlson

Percussion Writer: Dan Sailer

Percussion Technicians:   Pete Hansen, Jason Raether, Alex Pfeiffer, Matt Haar, Erin Van Burkleo, and Aaron Ragsdale

Color Guard Technicians: Kaylie Timm, Carter Christensen, Jessie Krause

Visual & Musical Technicians: Emily Anderson, Ali Hoffman, Joel Shotwell, Lon Semansky, Jordan Hoffman, Andrea Carlson, Rolyn Beaird, Tim Eckart, Robert Conrad, Trey Townsend, Joe Waters, Seth Brick, Nathan Sletten, Sam Konzem, Jakob Larsen, Alex
Sanchez, and Charles Williams.

Band Parent Association

2019-2020 Officers:

Presidents:  Chad & Becky Olson
Vice Presidents:  Jesse & Lissa Murwaski
Past Presidents:   Greg & Jill Lair
Secretary: Linda Schilling
Treasurer: Rose Grant 
ISA Treasurer: SueEllen Keller

Bandparent Committees:

Alumni Association: Sue Mollison
CD/DVD Sales: Rich Murphy, Lori Murphy
Chaperones: Gary & Mary Michaels
Chicken Dinner:  Shelly Harms, Winnie Behrend
Color Guard Advisors: Emily Savage
Color Guard: Michele Anderson
Festival of Bands: Jesse & Lissa Murwaski
Fundraising: Kathy Vasa, Pamela Madsen
Fundraising Distribution: Kristopher Olson, Nicolle Olson
Silent Auction: Jolene Stangeland
Grocery Cards & Scrip Cards: Shelley Gaddis
New Member Liason: Ande Carlson
Roadies: Randy Diedrich, Rick Wooledge, Rachel Bailey, Lynn Bailey
Sewing/Flags: Jeri Hoffman
Shoes/Shirts (Band): Laura Mullen
Spat Camp Treats & Watchers: Julie Rames, Becky Pagone
Special Events: Paul Krueger
Spirit Wear:  Hope & Clinton Store
Ticket Sales: Jeff Tornow
Travel: Tiffany Wolfgang
Uniforms: Lisa Teas
Videographer: Vacant
Webmaster: Clinton Store
Social Media: Hope Store

Booster Reps:

Freshman Class:  Vacant
Sophomore Class: Dawn & Jason Sigl
Junior Class: Rob & Winnie Behrand
Senior Class: Colette & Scott Devos


Why be in the Lincoln Band?

With nearly 300 students in our program in four concert bands, three jazz bands, and marching band, we’re sure you’ll find your home.
No matter what you play or how good you are, you’ll find a spot.

What it takes to be in the band

Marching Band

Please visit this page about joining Marching Band.

Concert Bands

It’s as easy as putting band on your schedule to be a part of a Concert Band.
The following concert bands are open to everyone:

  • Freshman Band
  • Varsity Band (10th grade and up)

We have two audition-only concert bands also:

  • Symphonic Band (Highest band in the program)
  • Concert Band

Symphonic and Concert Band auditions are done before each Semester. If you wish to enter during a Semester, please contact the band department prior to putting it on your schedule.

Jazz Bands

There are three different Jazz Bands. Each one has a progressing difficulty in music.
Auditions for Jazz Band are held the beginning of the first Semester. You can join at anytime, but please contact the band department first.
Jazz Bands are held during 4th period. 1/2 of the period is for lunch, while the other 1/2 is for Jazz Band. Students in Jazz Band are not eligible for a Study Hall or full period Open Lunch.


Following is a list of private instrumental music teachers in the Sioux Falls area.  This list is for reference only, and is not guaranteed for correctness nor for completeness.  Lincoln High School, it’s administration, staff and marching band instructors do not specifically endorse any teachers in this list, nor have any other available teachers been intentionally excluded from this list.   If you know of anyone who is on this list but no longer teaches (or wishes to be removed), Or if you know of anyone who wishes to be added, please email us.


Libby Gray: 338-8547

Donna Krueger: 339-0908

Pat Masek: 334-1020

Dawn Peterson: 339-4714

Dori Quam: 330-0799

Marsha Thornton: 331-3028

Kathryn Vogele: 978-0194 – 310-0118

Tommy McComb: 334-1518

Emily Anderson: 323-2394


Andrea Banke: 335-5797

John Tomkins: 321-1023


Beverly Gibson: 264-5418 – 335-6973

Christopher Hill: 332-0867

Patsy Holzwarth: 371-3175

Terry Walter: 339-0607

Nancy Barnes: 940-2749


Jami Beck: 332-7499

Beverly Gibson: 264-5418 – 335-6973

Patsy Holzwarth: 371-3175

April Larson: 338-3589

Terry Walter: 339-0607

Ryan Hofer: 336-2456


Lon Semansky: 334-8029

Pam Sonnichson: 336-0090

French Horn

Jason Rygg: 334-4929

Andrea Carlson: 332-1537


Rolyn Beaird: 338-6738

Justin Ehrman: 362-1171

Carl Hallstrom: 335-6310

Vance Shoemaker: 712-552-2632


Mike Anderson: 605-987-2986

Al Berdahl: 507-962-3659

Gary Pederson: 332-5870


Kyle Dvoracek: 338-3168 – 376-3126

Rick Jensen: 335-8905

Craig Spangler: 371-3252 – 274-4607

Dave Vanderlinde: 334-0585

Pete Hansen: 330-9484 – 376-9581

Chuck Case: 498-3625

Erin Burger: 351-2064

Josh Abbenson: 357-7220

We would like to thank all the people and companies that are friends of the Sioux Falls Lincoln High School band.   Friends that provide money donations or non monetary gifts.

This list includes but is not limited to:

First Dakota National Bank – use of their pickup truck to move equipment (in town and for competitions), use of their tools for roadie tasks, and Rick Wooledge’s volunteer time.

Brian Sagamoe – for providing two ATVs and trailer during season to pull trailers and equipment for shows.

Rick Wooledge –  for providing one ATV during season to pull trailers and equipment for shows.

HyVee for gift cards as a fundraiser.

Sunshine for gift cards as a fundraiser.

MES Productions for assisting with DVD Recording.

University of Sioux Falls for use of field for Family Night.

Howard Wood Field for the use of field for practice and DVD recording..

Dairy Queen for providing ice cream treats at freshman night.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue for hosing down students on a hot day at spat camp.

Bierschbach Equipment for providing the skid loader, pallet jack and operator for fruit distribution.

Jon Sogn for Indoor Concert announcer.


Lincoln Band has the benefit of many volunteers performing various tasks.   We wish we could list everyone but the list would be long and difficult to keep accurate.  We appreciate you that have volunteered countless hours and the Lincoln Band would not be the same without you.  If you would like to volunteer and haven’t decided what to do, please contact a band board representative or anyone on a committee.  It’s great to be involved with the band and your son or daughter’s life.