THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT COME TOGETHER FROM A CROSS SECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY WITH ONE GOAL, TO BRING A GREAT YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAM TO STUDENTS IN OUR REGION. OUR BOARD MEMBERS ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS. WITHOUT THEIR PARTICIPATION THERE WOULD BE NO NORTHLAND YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAM
On Saturday February 8th, 2003 Bruce Rapp died.
Bruce, was one of the N.Y.M.P. founding members. Bruce was a great friend and mentor who gave me encouragement and advice from the beginning when I told him I was starting a youth music program. Bruce lived music performing in a Klezmer band where I met him, a band member at the AAD Temple Shrine Duluth MN, playing in many groups including the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble. Bruce directed most recently the Proctor Community Band until 1999. His goal becoming involved with the N.Y.M.P. was to assure that performing arts were not lost by this generation's youth because of school budget cuts. He wanted to give the joy of music to the next generation to carry on. At a radio interview last spring, Bruce, talking to Dave Walter at WEBC, said he wanted to make sure before he passed away that students continued to have affordable opportunities to be involved in music, and to keep music programs alive and strong. Bruce said that he wanted to see the continuance of the performance of live music. Bruce told the morning audience that if we don't support the development of these young musicians, the "old timers" such as himself would be "playing" at their own funerals.
Robert Greenberg (Tuba Bob) is the
founder of the N.Y.M.P. As the Program Director he is a non-voting member of the
Board and is responsible for most of the organizational activities, including
fundraising, organization and planning the summer program, as well as
recruitment of instructors to the program. Bob performs these duties
voluntarily. The Board voted in January 2004 that the Program Director position
will be a paid position but until such funds become available he will continue
to provide his services on a volunteer basis. Bob is accountable to the board as
a whole. Bob is a registered nurse and works in the emergency room at Fairview
Carrie Greenberg original board member,
Treasurer, Carrie is a registered nurse employed at St. Lukeís Hospital.
Dr. Greg Kehl Moore original board
member, Dr. Moore is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin
Superior. Dr. Moore was the first music educator to come to work with the
Barbara Seamans original board member is
a resident of Superior Wisconsin. Barb is a child care worker at the Superior
YMCA. Barb joined the N.Y.M.P. because of her appreciation for good music and
Bradley Bombardier joined the board in
January 2004. Brad is an adjunct woodwind instructor on faculty at University of
Wisconsin Superior and is a private double reed instructor. In 2008, Mr.
Bombardier became the University of Minnesota Duluth saxophone instructor. Mr.
Bombardier also performs with the Duluth Superior Symphony on bassoon. Mr.
Bombardier also performs with the Big Time Jazz Orchestra on all manners of
Saxophone. Brad is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Brad worked with
the N.Y.M.P. the first two years as a volunteer insisting on donating back his
weekly pay check. Brad is one of the music educator coordinators. Brad is
committed to making sure that the program stays accessible to all students.
Josh Greenberg joined the board in 2006.
Josh is a Bassoon Performance Major and Music Education Major at the University
of Wisconsin River Falls. Josh has assumed new jobs with the program including
organization of the winter jazz program, attending education conferences, and
talking to educators and companies about the program. Josh also visits schools
to give presentations and perform.
Floyd Cochran is a new board member who
joined at the beginning of 2008. Floyd is a project manager for APi Electric and
is a resident of Superior Wisconsin. Floyd has been working behind the scenes
helping with bulk mailings and office work during the peak season prior to the
summer program start the past few years. His daughter has been involved since
the start of the choral program.
Terri Rank recently joined the board in
January 2008. Terri works for Wells Fargo Duluth MN. Terriís Son has been
attending four weeks of the summer program for the past three years.
Brian Rapp recently joined the board in
January 2008. Brian is a day care provider and Lay Minister. Brianís daughter
has attended the program in the past and his dad Bruce was an original board
The Northland Youth Music Program has two
There are no Student Representatives at this time