Detroit Lakes High School group principal to perform in the famous Rose Parade on January 1 – with his father


Tim Siewert, of Detroit Lakes, right, will play the trumpet alongside his father, Jim, when the group’s two current and past directors parade as part of the Salute to America’s Band Directors at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. , Saturday January 1st. Tim Siewert led the DL High School Orchestra program for the past seven years, while his father Jim led the high school program in St. Peter, Minnesota, until his retirement 12 years ago. (Photo submitted)

“I’m leaving on December 29,” said Siewert, who has led DLHS’s instrumental music program for the past seven years.

A native of St. Peter, Minnesota, Tim grew up watching his father lead high school music groups in this community, which is how he developed his passion for teaching and performing music.

“He was the one who got me interested in music and made me want to be a band director,” Tim said in an interview on Tuesday, adding that he made the trumpet his main instrument because it was what his dad was playing and “I wanted to be just like him.”

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After graduating from high school and college, Tim took his first teaching job with a group in New Richland, Minnesota, where he spent five years before leading the group’s program in Pierz, Minnesota. Minnesota. He spent a year there before moving to Detroit Lakes, where he has since made his home.

Although he spends more time leading bands than playing them these days, Tim said, he enjoys playing with the Lakes Area Community Concert Band and a Fergus Falls-based big band ensemble called Lakes Area All-Stars, whenever he gets the chance.

“I try to play with my students as often as possible,” he added, “because I love to play, and it keeps my ‘ribs’ in shape.”

When he saw a post on social media about Salute to America’s Band Directors a few months ago, Tim was very interested.

“It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of something of this magnitude,” he said.

As the group’s website, banddirectorsalute.org indicates, the marching band and lively “spectacular” float that accompanies it along the six-mile parade route will be unprecedented.

So when Tim’s dad found out that he had applied and was accepted to be part of the set, Jim decided he wanted to apply as well.

“He worked out at home and walked on the treadmill,” Tim said, noting that he was also spending quality time on the treadmill. “

The parade is six miles long, ”he explained, noting that the endurance required to perform and walk along such a long route required extra effort.

They will also need to memorize the music, as the whole group will only have a few rehearsals in California before the parade.

The extra effort is well worth it, though: “It’ll be a fun thing, father-son. We’re both going to cross this one off our bucket list.”

Tim said he hopes to continue following in his father’s footsteps by leading the local high school music program until he retires.

“I love living and working in Detroit Lakes,” he said. “This is where I plan to spend the rest of my career.”

Parade information

What: The Tournament of Roses Parade 2022

When: Saturday, January 1, 10 a.m. (CST)

Or: Pasadena, California

How to watch: The parade will be broadcast live on ABC and Hallmark Channel.


Evelyn C. Tobin