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 - present


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About the Directors

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 recently moved to the area and looks forward to substitute teaching in the Twin Cities area and working with adults in the Robbinsdale City Band.

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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