Jeff Patzlaff is newly retired after 34 years of teaching instrumental, the last 32 years as band director in the Platte-Geddes School system. He earned his B.M.E. from Northern State in Aberdeen, studying brass with Mr. Lonn Sweet and voice with Dr. John Berggren and being mentored by a very fine faculty.
Mr. Patzlaff is an active adjudicator for grade and high school contests in both South Dakota and Nebraska and has been guest director for several honor band festivals. He is a member of SDMEA and SD Bandmasters Association. He is currently past president of SDBA and administrator for the SDBA State Grade Contests. For the past 10 years he has been on staff with the Jr High Rushmore Music Camp in Aberdeen. Mr. Patzlaff is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu.
In 2016, Mr. Patzlaff was chosen as the SD representative in 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. In 2017 he received the Outstanding Bandmaster Award from the SD Bandmasters Association. In 2021 he was the recipient of the SDMEA Distinguished Service Award.
Under his direction, Platte-Geddes consistently earned top ratings at solo/ ensemble and large group contests. His bands were chosen to perform at the State Music Convention three times. One of his favorite things about teaching in the Platte-Geddes Schools was seeing his students grow from 5th grade beginners to accomplished musicians in high school.
Jeff lives with his wife, Martha, on their acreage outside of Platte where he raises sheep and does wood-working in his spare time. They have 3 grown children: John, band director at Aberdeen Central High School; Amber, a nurse at Avera Hospital’s NICU in Sioux Falls; and Ben, a seminary student and youth pastor in Des Moines, IA.