Tedd Gullickson, Principal Conductor
Tedd joined the band in 2010. Originally from Moorhead, Minnesota, Tedd earned a BA from Concordia College and an MA from the University of Minnesota, both degrees in Music Education. He performed with the Walt Disney World All American Marching Band during the summers. After teaching music in Canby and Worthington, Tedd served for 25 years as Director of Bands at Mankato West High School where he also directed the 77 Lancers Marching Band. The West Bands performed three times at the State Music Convention under his direction. He has received the Minnesota Music Teacher of the Year, Mankato Healthy Youth award, Embers Education Award and the Governor's Service Award for Excellence. Tedd served in leadership roles for the Minnesota Music Educators Association, Minnesota State High School League and the Minnesota Band Directors Association. Having performed with various groups, Tedd is currently general manager and drummer in the Real Big Band and often serves as an adjudicator and clinician. His main influences were Rikard K. Hansen, Russell Pesola, J. Robert Hanson and Frank Bencriscutto. He and his wife Lori live in Burnsville.