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Brandenburg receives National Band Association Allegro Award

Darcy Brandenburg, a music teacher at Central Cass School in Casselton, N.D., was presented with the Allegro Band Teacher of Year Award for Excellence in Instrumental Music. John Darling, band director from Bismarck State College, presented the award to Brandenburg before the North Dakota All-State Festival audience.

The North Dakota National Band Association Allegro Award is given to a band director who has completed five to 10 years of teaching band at the elementary, junior high or high school level. The candidate must have displayed consistent, outstanding progress in the development of his or her band program.

Brandenburg received this award in his first year of qualification. He is director of bands at Central Cass Schools in Casselton and is from Edgeley, N.D. Central Cass has enjoyed musical growth under Brandenburg. His students participate in honor ensembles across the state. His jazz ensemble performs in invitational festivals. As a Class B school, Central Cass had more than 60 events qualify for the state NDHSAA Solo and Ensemble contest in 2012.

During Brandenburg’s time at Central Cass, his students have received 16 Outstanding Performances at the state level and more than 50 of his students have been honored with walking in the Parade of Champions. Several of his students have continued to play into college and have received prestigious scholarships.

Brandenburg is also involved in theater at the school and in the community.

As the Central Cass one-act director, his plays have placed runner-up state champion and state champion at the NDHSAA State One Act Festival in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In addition, Brandenburg received the honor from his peers as director of the year for both of those years. Brandenburg was also involved in creating the Rural Cass County Community Theater in Casselton.

As a performer, Brandenburg plays with the Lake Aggasiz Concert Band.

He received honorable mention at the MTNA competition in both piano and clarinet. In college, he won the concerto competition and performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Aberdeen University/ Civic Orchestra. He also performs as an actor and singer. He was most recently on the stage starring as Jesus in “Godspell” and as Ko-Ko in the operetta “The Mikado.”

As the North Dakota Music Educators’ Association new president-elect, he has created a new All-State Youtube Project. The project included getting volunteer musicians to make video lessons of the North Dakota All-State materials. These videos will help students in rural areas to get music instruction and help them make it into All-State ensembles.

Brandenburg is also a composer and arranger. His compositions have won several awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teacher National Association. He also supports composers through commissions and premiering new works for wind band. Most recently he commissioned a work from Randall Standridge for his high school band.

Brandenburg received his Bachelor of Music Education from Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D., in 2008 and recently completed his master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Mary in 2012.