The directors of the Robbinsdale City Band
William Grenell & William F. Grenell 1906 - 1930's
Louis Spotten 1930's - 1933
Miles Sery 1934 - 1936
Clarence I. Hegg 1937 - 1938
Paul Larson 1938 - 1942 & 1946 - 1947
William Allen Abbott 1942 - 1946
Robert Mendenhall 1947 - 1964
Roy Olson 1964 - 1966
Don Schiermer 1967 - 1969
Roger Thompson 1969 - 1991
Michael Serber 1991 - 2021
Ray Johanneck 2021 - 2022
Chad Green 2022 - present
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About the Directors
M. Chad Green assumed directorship of the Robbinsdale City Band in the fall of 2022.
Chad taught music for many years in Colorado after obtaining his Teaching Certification from Western State Colorado University and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Adams State University. He left Colorado to obtain his Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting from North Dakota State University where he also served as Graduate Teaching Assistant. He is currently the conductor for the Saint Paul Police Band and brings a wealth community service to Robbinsdale.
Chad also serves as the Director of Ministries at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley.
Raymond Johanneck assumed directorship of the Robbinsdale City Band late in 2021 following a pandemic interrupted search for a new director.
Ray attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 2019. While at Moorhead, he directed the MSUM Pep Band. After graduation he went on to teach at the Red Lake County Central High School instructing the bands and choir. He also instructed the Red Lake Falls Summer Recreation Youth Drumline from 2012 - 2014
Ray landed a full-time teaching position in northern Minnesota and had to leave the area and the Robbinsdale City Band. We thank him for carrying us through the 2022 performance season.
Michael Serber assumed directorship of the Robbinsdale City Band in 1991. He joined the marching band in 1970 and has served as drum major since 1976. A graduate of Robbinsdale High School in 1974, he attended Northwestern University and received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 1978. While there, he was a member of the Band Staff, director of the University Basketball Band, an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and president of the Northwestern chapter of the Music Education National Conference. In high school, he was a conducting student of Henry Charles Smith and conducted the Minnesota Orchestra. At Northwestern, he was a pupil of John Paynter
Following his graduation from Northwestern University, Michael taught band for one year in Dows, Iowa and for three years in Anoka, Minnesota, where he directed the Anoka High School Marching Tornadoes.
In 1983, his career took a new twist, when he joined IDS Financial Services (now called American Express Financial Advisors) as a computer programmer. For more than 13 years he worked there as a Data Base Analyst allowing Mike to approach his time with the Robbinsdale City Band from the same perspective as most of its members - as an avocation and welcome stress reliever.
After several years traveling as an independent contractor Michael is fully retired and lives in Plymouth with his wife, Julie. Julie is also a former Robbinsdale City Band member and both recently retired as very popular private band instrument and piano teachers.
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