SDBA Board Members

Mary Cogswell
Mary CogswellPresident

Mary Cogswell is currently in her 32nd year of teaching band, the past 28 years in the Brookings, SD School District teaching beginning band. Her service to the profession includes President of SD Bandmasters Association, Past-President of Phi Beta Mu Sigma Chapter, SDHSAA All-State Band Music Chair for nine years, National Band Association’s Select Music List Committee and member of the School of Performing Arts Director’s Advisory Council for South Dakota State University. Mary’s service to the profession also includes developing the SD Bandmasters Director of Young Band Midwest Clinic Scholarship and the SD Bandmasters Heritage Video Series, and serving as co-editor of the Beginning Band Adaptable Series through Murphy Music Press, which emphasizes flex arrangements based on a rubric specifically created for beginning bands.

Mary has delivered presentations emphasizing recruitment and proper instruction for the success of beginning band students to SD Bandmasters, SDMEA and the SD Department of Education. In addition, she was an invited speaker on the SDPBS radio show “In the Moment” and “Everything Band” podcast with Mark Connor. Mary’s conducting engagements include the 2018 SD Middle School Festival All-State Band and annually directing the SDSU All-State Music Camp for Young Band Members. Her recognitions include the 2019 SD School Band and Orchestra Magazines “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”, 2020 Phi Beta Mu Sigma Chapter Distinguished Service Award and 2021 Phi Beta Mu Sigma Chapter Outstanding Bandmaster.

Jeff Patzlaff
Jeff PatzlaffPast-President

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.

Ben Koch
Ben KochPresident-Elect

Ben Koch has been Director of Bands at O’Gorman High School since 2014, where he conducts 2 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, jazz combo, pep band, marching band, brass choir, and the musical theatre pit orchestra. A native of Sioux Falls, Ben graduated from O’Gorman in 2004 and went on to receive undergraduate and masters degreesin music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently serving as a member of the Region II Music board and has previously served as the AA band representative on the SDHSAA Music Advisory Committee. Ben enjoys playing horn with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band and is a regular pianist/organist for Sunday Mass at his home parish.

George Dragoo
George DragooSecretary/Treasurer

George Dragoo is the Director of Bands at Rapid City Stevens High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Chadron State College in Nebraska, and a Masters of Arts and Letters from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Mr. Dragoo is also a graduate of the internationally renowned American Band College. Mr. Dragoo is an active member of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and a proud member of Phi Beta Mu. He currently holds the position of President of Region 8 to the South Dakota High School Activities Association and Secretary/Treasurer for the South Dakota Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Dragoo serves as the Head Director of the Stevens High School Band. His directing responsibilities include the Symphonic Band, Silver Jazz Band, Cadet Band, Blue Raider Marching Band, and the Stevens Pep Band.  Over the summer Mr. Dragoo directs the Rapid City Ranger Band, performs with the Rapid City Municipal Band, and teaches at the Rapid City Summer Band School.

Mr. Dragoo’s family consists of his wife Jenni, and his children Simone and Ethan. He is active in the Fountain Springs Church and enjoys any pastime that allows him to spend time together with his family.   Finally, Mr. Dragoo is a Die-Hard Cubs Fan for life.

Jared Opp
Jared OppYoung Bands Representative

Jared Opp was born and raised in Roscoe, SD and graduated from Edmunds Central high school. He is in his 10th year as the 5-12 band director in Gregory, SD.  He received his BME in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Northern State University in 2010.

Jared is an active adjudicator for grade and high school contests in both South Dakota and Nebraska and has served as guest director for the Region VII Jr. High and High school honor bands. He and his wife Katie organize and run the Region V festival in Gregory every year.  For the past twelve years, Jared has worked with the Rushmore National Music camp serving as the head counselor for the senior high week. Since the summer of 2011, Opp toured Europe every other summer with the South Dakota Music Ambassadors, in which he was a staff member with.

Mr. Opp is a member of SDMEA and SD Bandmasters Association where he has served on the board and is currently the young bands representative. Jared has served in the past as the west river “B” school representative for the SDHSAA fine arts advisory board. Mr. Opp is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu. In the spring of 2019, Opp was honored to receive the Dennis Hegg “Young Director Award.”

Jared and his wife Katie, the K-12 vocal music teacher in Gregory, have three children, Ian (7) and Bria (4) and Mara (1).

Dan Sip
Dan SipDirector Regions 1-2

Dan Sip has been teaching 5th and 6th grade bands in the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools in Sioux Falls since 2007. Prior to that, he taught 5-12 Band in several programs throughout South Dakota, including Baltic, Hill City, Highmore and White Lake. Dan received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University in 1994.

Dan served as a soldier-musician as a tuba player in the 147th Army Band of the SD Army National Guard, from 1990-2012. Dan has also served as an adjudicator for several solo/ensemble contests around the Sioux Falls area. He is a member of South Dakota Music Education Association, South Dakota Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu and the National Band Association.

Dan continues performing as a member of the Sioux Empire Brass Society and as a substitute with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. Dan lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Stacy, who teaches grades 4-8 orchestra in the Sioux Falls School District, and their son, Ethan.

Kelli VanOverbeke
Kelli VanOverbekeDirector Regions 3-4

Kelli VanOverbeke is currently in her 10th year of teaching as the 4th grade music exploratory teacher and 5th-12th grade band director at the Arlington School District.  Some of her duties include 5th grade band, 6th grade band, junior high concert and jazz bands, high school concert and Jazz Bands, and pep band.  She is also the band and parade coordinator of the East Central Marching Festival held each September in Arlington.  Kelli lives in Arlington with her husband, Jesse, and six children.  As a member of the SDBA board, Kelli hopes to continue assisting in the progress of music education throughout Region 3 & 4 and the rest of the state.

Renee Munsen
Renee MunsenDirector Regions 5-6

Renee Munsen is currently the 5th-12th band instructor at Wessington Springs School.  She also teaches 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade general music in Wessington Springs.  This is currently her 7th year at Wessington Springs, before that she taught 15 year instrumental music at White Lake, SD, 2 years 7-12th vocal music at Chamberlain and 3 years instrumental music at Canby, MN. Renee graduated from Northern State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music education with both vocal and instrumental where she studied alto saxophone with Dr. Paul Moxness and voice with Dr. Matthew James.  She received her Masters of Music Education from Northern State University the summer of 2014.  Renee is currently a member of SDMEA, SD Bandmasters, and a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota. She has also taught private piano lessons in the past. She currently lives on a farm south of White Lake with her husband Paul and three daughters Keah who is finishing her freshman years at West Texas A&M University, Chloe, a junior at Wessington Springs high school and Kirstie  who is an 8th grader in Wessington Springs.

Mick Dragoo
Mick DragooDirector Regions 7-8

Mick Dragoo is the Instrumental Music Instructor at the Lead-Deadwood schools. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Mick spent his first five years of teaching in Gordon, Nebraska teaching 5 – 12 band as well as three years of vocal music. During this time, he also was the bassist for the ever-popular Stagecoach Band.

In 1991, Mick moved with his wife to Deadwood to teach middle school band, music appreciation and choir in the Lead-Deadwood schools, which he did for the next ten years. He spent his 11th year as the 6 -12 instrumental teacher for the district. During the following six years, Mick pursued adventures outside of education. He returned to the fold in 2008 and has been teaching 6 – 12 band in Lead ever since. His duties include beginning band, middle school band, HS Symphonic Band, Mile High Jazz, The Marching Golddiggers and The Mile High Thunder, as well as a middle school appreciation class where he teaches the history of Rock and Roll. He has been an active member of the Northern Hills Community Band since 1991.

Mick is now living in Lead with his wife of 33 years and has two grown sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, working with wood, rooting for the Rockies and traveling, especially to the Disney parks.