Cogswell named state’s outstanding bandmaster

Courtesy photo: Mary Cogswell

BROOKINGS – South Dakota bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster recipient is Mary Cogswell.

Cogswell is a Brookings resident and has been Camelot Intermediate beginning band director for 26 years.  

Cogswell is active in presenting young band related clinics, guest conducting honor/festival bands as well as co-editor for Murphy Music Press, Beginning Band Adaptable Series. She is recognized as the 2019 South Dakota School Band and Orchestra’s Magazine, “50 Directors That Make a Difference” and recipient of the 2020 SD Bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Cogswell currently serves as South Daktia Bandmasters President.  

Phi Beta Mu also recognized Terry Keehn as the Distinguished Service Award recipient. Keehn is a retired band director from McCook Central High School.   

He has been very active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He has also served on various region music committees. 

Keehn was also very active in McCook Centrals girls basketball and golf programs.  

Rapid City native Jordan Seidel is the recipient of the 2021 South Dakota Bandmasters Dennis Hegg Young Director Award. He is the assistant director at Rapid City Stevens High School as well as director at Black Hawk Elementary and Canyon Lake Elementary.  

Three individuals were chosen to be inducted into the South Dakota BandMaster’s Hall of Fame. They are Dale Fiedler, Michael Coyne, and Joseph Pekas.

Fiedler served as the Redfield band director for 33 years.  Under his direction,  his bands consistently received Superior ratings at Region IV music contests.  

Fiedler’s bands also participated in the International Lions Parade in San Francisco in 1984, the International Lions Parade in Chicago in 2007, and has also performed for the South Dakota Bandmaster’s Conventions.  

Michael Coyne spent his teaching career in Hoven. Coyne taught band and choir for 39 years before retiring in 2005. He was the driving force of the music program. His concert bands earned 39 consecutive Superior ratings at music contest.  

Joseph Pekas, Mitchell, taught in both the Tripp and Mitchell school districts. He was given the Phi Beta Mu Distinguished Service Award in 2019.  Pekas is a composer and arranger. He served with the South Dakota National Guard 147th Army Band for 43 years. He has also been the director of the Mitchell Municipal Band since 1966.

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