About Jason Groon

Jason Groon started as the 9-12 Director of Bands for the Harrisburg School district in the fall of 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Harrisburg, Mr. Groon was the 5-12 Director of Bands for the Arlington School District in Arlington SD from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Groon earned his Bachelors of Music Education from South Dakota State University, where he performed in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and served as Drum Major with the “Pride of the Dakotas” marching band — including a trip to the 2003 Rose Bowl Parade. In 2011, Mr. Groon earned his Master of Music Education degree from Boston University. In addition to his duties with the Harrisburg School District, Mr. Groon also maintains an active adjudication schedule and has guest conducted for local band festivals. He also serves on the South Dakota Region II Music Board. Mr. Groon is also a member of the South Dakota National Guard, serving as a clarinetist and bassist with the 147th Army Band. Mr. Groon has received several military awards including; the Army Commendation Medal, the South Dakota Achievement Medal, and the South Dakota Distinguished Service Ribbon, as well as being named 5th Army Soldier of the Year in 2003. Mr. Groon’s professional affiliations include: NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, South Dakota Bandmasters, South Dakota Music Educators Association, & the National Education Association. In 2011 Mr. Groon was presented with the “Young Director Award” from the South Dakota Bandmasters Association, and in 2015, Mr. Groon was named in the School Band and Orchestra “50 Directors Who Make A Difference Report.” Mr. Groon currently resides in Harrisburg with his wife Lisa and their sons Cade and Parker.

SDRRMA Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the following nine band programs who were awarded $1000 grants each from the South Dakota Rock’n’Roll Music Association: Oelrichs - Lauren Stephens Northwestern - Wendy Thorson Freeman - Sheila Wipf Henry - Deanna Martens Bowdle - Rhonda Stroukel Jones County - Rose Comp Herried - Julie Borr Harding County - Brian Holder Mobridge-Pollock [...]

2017-05-02T13:38:53-05:00May 2nd, 2017|SDBA News|Comments Off on SDRRMA Grants Awarded

2017 SDBA Summer Symposium

JULY 22 10 A.M.-4 P.M. CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL The South Dakota  Bandmaster’s Association will be holding their annual Symposium in Chamberlain on July 22nd. Featured events will be: Color Guard Essentials for Band Directors- Kiley Coyne, Roosevelt HS Building Relationships- Darrell Stacey, Assistant superintendent, Watertown Recording Tips and Tricks - Ryan Stahle, Mitchell High School [...]

2017-03-29T09:21:36-05:00March 27th, 2017|SDBA News|Comments Off on 2017 SDBA Summer Symposium


Congratulations to the following schools and directors who were 2016 recipients of the $1000 grants from SDRRMA! Bowdle - Rhonda Stroukel Colman-Egan - Ronda Olson Leola - Nancy Kindelspire Miller - Cleo Kleinsasser Marion - Sarah Decker Hamlin - Alyssa Cassels Sioux Valley - Stephanie Oeltjenbruns Clark - Lola Bartels

2016-07-08T11:19:19-05:00July 8th, 2016|SDBA News|Comments Off on SDRRMA Grants

SDBA Summer Symposium

As part of the SDBA mentoring program, the South Dakota Bandmasters are once again hosting their Summer Symposium. This year’s event will be held at the Chamberlain High School band room from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 23. The event is free, lunch is included and all we ask is that you [...]

2016-04-26T12:43:00-05:00April 26th, 2016|SDBA News|Comments Off on SDBA Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium

The SDBA Summer Symposium will be held on July 25th at the Chamberlain HS band room starting at 9:30. Renewal credits will be offered through Northern State University at a cost of $90. Presenters include: Bob Carlson on fundraising Jason Groon on current technology in the band room Byron Younquist on emergency instrument repair There [...]

2015-05-28T14:46:38-05:00May 5th, 2015|SDBA News|Comments Off on Summer Symposium

Nine Schools Receive $1000 Grants from SDRRMA

Congratulations to the following nine band programs who were awarded $1000 grants each from the South Dakota Rock’n’Roll Music Association: Freeman Academy – Donna Ries Sunshine Bible Academy – Kevin Waller Garretson – Nick Sittig Jones County/Murdo – Rose Comp Doland – Emily Mason Gregory – Jared Opp Canistota – Dick Dawson Lemmon – Tracy [...]

2015-04-20T15:05:39-05:00April 20th, 2015|SDBA News|Comments Off on Nine Schools Receive $1000 Grants from SDRRMA

Horace Mann and DonorsChoose

Ryan Hofer, Horace Mann Insurance agent, former SD band director, and SDBA member would like to share an opportunity to get funding for your classroom. Horace Mann has formed a partnership with a great site called Donors Choose. We’ve found it to be a great resource for funding classroom projects. The teacher site is located [...]

2015-04-20T14:57:40-05:00April 20th, 2015|SDBA News|Comments Off on Horace Mann and DonorsChoose

Five Schools Chosen to Receive $1000 Grants

We had 25 worthy applicants for the grants generously given by the SDRRMA. A panel of five selected the recipients based on their submitted essays. The task of choosing was very difficult – I’m sorry there weren’t 25 grants available. The five schools chosen to receive the $1000 grants from the South Dakota Rock & [...]

2014-09-03T13:12:02-05:00September 3rd, 2014|SDBA News|Comments Off on Five Schools Chosen to Receive $1000 Grants

SDBA Summer Symposium

What: SDBA Summer Symposium Who: ALL Band Directors When: Saturday, August 9th, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where: Chamberlain High School Bandroom Cost: FREE! - 1 hour credit available from NSU for a Nominal fee Topics to be covered include: - Recognizing common instrumental pedagogy problems in the band rehearsal - Successful relationships [...]

2014-06-23T21:43:49-05:00June 23rd, 2014|Upcoming Events|Comments Off on SDBA Summer Symposium

Five $1000 Grants Available

The S.D. Rock and Roll Music Association presented SDBA a check for $5000 at their recent induction concert in Sioux Falls. Board member John Mogen presented a check to SDBA President Helen Mogen. In an effort to give back to music education, five $1000 grants will be made available for South Dakota school band programs. [...]

2017-01-29T11:57:03-06:00April 24th, 2014|SDBA News|Comments Off on Five $1000 Grants Available
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