CONTACT


CHRIS PORTER


Director of Bands, Brooklyn Center High School


email: cporter@brookcntr.k12.mn.us

phone: 763.561.2120 x2602


Chris has been teaching band for the past 12 years: two years at Maple Lake High School and the past nine years have been spent teaching at Brooklyn Center Junior/Senior High School.

Chris has degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from the University of Minnesota - Morris and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

In addition to teaching, Chris enjoys figuring out ways to integrate technology into the instrumental music classroom. She is a clinician for SmartMusic and Finale and her work has been studied and published and presented locally, nationally and internationally.

 






ELIZABETH WINSLOW


Flute Instructor/Assistant Band Director


email: Elizabeth.I.Winslow@gmail.com


Elizabeth completed her degree in Music Education with Honors in Composition from Gustavus Adolphus College in mid-December. Previous teaching experiences include private flute and piano students and teaching English, Music, and how to give solid high fives to the 7th-9th grade students of LearningWorks at Blake: A Breakthrough Program in Minneapolis. During her four years on campus, Elizabeth additionally served as a piano accompanist for the Gustavus Department of Music and piloted and established a 1st and 2nd grade literacy-based after school program for at-risk students in Saint Peter, MN.

If she could have a super power, it would be to play trumpet well so that she could join an all-ages Drum Corps and relive her high school marching band glory days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANDY NELSON


High School Orchestra Director/Beginning Band


email: anelson@brookcntr.k12.mn.us

phone: 763.561.2120 x2113


Andy originally hails from Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he comes from a musical family.  He received a BM in Music with a focus in Jazz Studies from DePaul University, Chicago in 1997.  Andy has played with or appeared on recordings with The Ronn Easton All Star Soul Review, The Pizazz Band, Charanga Tropical, Tres Mundos, Mike Stern, Jimmy Haslip and Bob Mintzer, and many more. 

Since 2002, Andy has enjoyed teaching music full time in public schools including junior high in Brooklyn, New York for two years and Ramsey Junior High in St. Paul for three years.  He also helped to start the instrumental music program at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists including orchestra and jazz ensemble programs.  After finishing a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2010, Andy is excited to be a part of the faculty at Brooklyn Center High School and Earle Brown Elementary where he is teaching Orchestra and Elementary Band.




DAN OLSON


Percussion Instructor/Assistant Band Director


website: www.danolsondrums.com


Dan plays or has played with: Davina and the Vagabonds, Jack Brass Band, James Buckely Trio, Dan Ristrom, Christine Rosholt, George Garzone, Connie Olson, Rueben Ristrom, Dennis Spears, Tanner Taylor, Minnesota Jazz Orchestra, and many more.

Dan also enjoys teaching. In addition to maintaining a busy private lesson studio, he has been on staff in the Brooklyn Center High School music program for the past five years. The opportunity to show students of all ages the joys music can bring has been a rewarding part of Dan's career.

When Dan isn't playing or teaching, he keeps busy with family as he and his wife had their first baby at the end of January. Noah is a wonderful little boy and can already hold drumsticks!