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Band - Awards

Students who have played in All-State Band for four years:
Callie Wallenberg, Sioux Falls Lincoln - Flute
Arianne Braithwaite,
Sioux Falls Lincoln - Clarinet
Bethany Friedow,
Madison - Clarinet
Kelli Johnson,
Rapid City Stevens - Trumpet
Matthew Gilman,
Canton - Euphonium

SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award

Dennis Hegg, Madison - Coach and Director

Born and raised in Dell Rapids, Dennis Hegg played in the Dell Rapids High School Band.  In 1968 he received his B.A. degree from Augustana College .  He earned his Masters of Music degree from USD in 1976.  Beginning in February, 1968, Hegg taught band, choir and drama for three and one-half years at Baltic.  He then moved to Beresford in 1971 where he taught band for eight years.  During his final year at Beresford, he also taught high school vocal music.  In 1979, he went to Dell Rapids to teach 7-9 band and high school drama.  In the fall of 1989, he moved to Madison where he directed the 9-12 band for twelve years.

Hegg retired from Madison High School in the spring of 2001 and was appointed to the position of Director of Bands at Dakota State University .  During the 2001-02 school year he taught band part time at Madison High School .  In addition to his work at DSU, he is currently teaching vocal music part time for one year at Madison High School .

Marching bands under his direction have earned awards in South Dakota , Minnesota , Iowa , Illinois , Florida , California , Colorado , Wisconsin , Texas , West Virginia , Virginia , Oregon , and Manitoba .  His concert bands have been award recipients in South Dakota , Illinois , Florida , Colorado , West Virginia , Virginia and Manitoba .  During the years of 1995, 1999 and 2001 Hegg served as one of the conductors of the Midwest Ambassadors of Music on European tours of England , France , Switzerland , Austria and Germany .  He served as the director of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for the 1997 and 1998 seasons.  He has been selected as a guest conductor for festivals in South Dakota , Minnesota , and Nebraska as well as a marching judge in South Dakota , Minnesota , Iowa , and Nebraska .  He has judged solo and ensemble contests and concert band contests in South Dakota , Minnesota , Iowa , and Nebraska .

Hegg has been a member of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association since 1968 and served on the SDBA Board of Directors from 1975-1979.  He also served on the SDBA Board as President-Elect in 1985-1987, President in 1987-1989, and Past President in 1989-1991.  In 1993 he was elected to the SDBA Secretary/Treasurer position which he still holds.  As the SDBA Secretary/Treasurer, he plays a key role in the All-State Band selection process. 

A member of the South Dakota Music Educators Association since 1969 he served on the Board of Directors of the SDMEA from 1973-1977 as Band Chairman and Membership Chairman.  He holds active memberships in the Phi Beta Mu, the College Band Directors National Association and the American Choral Directors Association.  He held membership in the NEA and SDEA since 1968, serving as local association President in Baltic, Beresford, Dell Rapids, and Madison.

For a total of 16 years, Hegg has served as choir director in three different churches.  He was a board member for the Old Operahous Players community theater group in Dell Rapids for fifteen years where he directed over a dozen productions.  He is currently serving on the United Way board in Lake County

In summing up his career, Hegg stated, “Teaching music is my life.  I have been blessed with terrific young people everywhere I have taught.  They have my eternal thanks.  I am also thankful for the support of parent groups and administrators.”

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