Everyone should have the chance to learn and enjoy music.Our partnership programs include classes, concerts, lessons and demonstrations. We bring music to public and charters schools, nonprofit social service organizations and community centers around the Twin Cities.
- Music enrichment and education classes for homeless children at St. Anneâ€™s Place.
- History of Pop and Rock and Choir classes at Watershed High School.
- General music classes for K-2 kids at Southside Family Charter School.
- Free music performance workshops and public concerts featuring performing artists like Black Blondie and Marimba Africa at the West Bank Festival and Lake Harriet Bandshell.
Help us keep the music playing.Please to help us bring music to more youth.
Weâ€™ve performed hundreds of free concerts.
Over a quarter million Twin Cities residents have enjoyed music from our talented faculty and students at dozens of venues including:
- Lake Harriet Bandshell
- Minnehaha Falls Park
- Cedar Fest
- MayDay Parade
- Augsburg College
- University of Minnesota
Weâ€™re recognized for helping improve Minnesota arts and education.
For that, weâ€™ve received honorary proclamations from the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County and city of Minneapolis.
We work with the city and community organizations to keep the neighborhood safe.
This committed network includes:
- West Bank Safety Committee
- Minneapolis Police Department, First Precinct
- West Bank Business Association and local businesses
- Second Ward Council Member Cam Gordon
- The Brian Coyle Center
- The University of Minnesotaâ€™s Humphrey Institute CHANCE program
- Augsburg College
Weâ€™re a block leader on the West Bank.
Through the West Bank Safety Committee, weâ€™ve helped recruit, educate, and organize residents and businesses for safety networks, walking patrols, and neighborhood cleanups.
Request an Event
Invite the West Bank School of Music to your event.
We love being a part of the action. Have the following information ready, then e-mail us or call.
- Your name, and title if applicable
- Your organization
- Type of event (concert, neighborhood action, civic event, etc.)
- Date of event
- Who do you want to attend? (Teachers, staff, students, etc.)
- Type of audience and ballpark size
- List any special needs or equipment (e.g., equipment, promotion, etc)
One of the best donations to the school is volunteering your time and talent. Think of a volunteer activity that suits your personality and interests: Publicity, maintenance projects, helping with events, office support, etc.
Then send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following information:
- E-mail address
- Daytime phone
- One or two volunteer activities that interest you
- When youâ€™re available (e.g. mornings, evenings, weekends)
- How often youâ€™d like to volunteer (e.g. once a month, a few times a year)
Thanks for thinking of us, and we hope youâ€™ll join us in keeping the music playing.
Board of Directors
WBSM Executive DirectorDavid Alderson
In 1979, Executive Director David Alderson first walked into West Bank School of Music as a guitar student in search of jazz tunes and more interesting chords to spice up his repertoire. His first teacher, Tom Lieberman, obliged him and David has been taking guitar, voice and fiddle lessons at WBSM periodically over the years ever since that first visit. He joined WBSM as a staffer in the fall of 2005 after a stint as a marketing and publicity volunteer for WBSMâ€™s 35th anniversary concerts reconnected him to the school. In October of 2006, he assumed the duties of Executive Director and now it appears that he might never leave.
Prior to his tenure at WBSM, Alderson worked a stint as a booking agent for critically acclaimed acoustic artists Geoff Muldaur, Dakota Dave Hull, Peter Lang, Phil Heywood, Tim Sparks, Dean Magraw, and Lonnie Knight and also filled in for a year as Interim Managing Director of Minnesota Film Arts to help produce the 21st Annual Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival. He gained extensive music industry and concert production experience during many years as Director of Operations at the Cedar Cultural Center, a mid-sized acoustic roots/world music/alternative music venue located on the West Bank. Prior to that he worked for his alma mater as a member of the fundraising team at the University of Minnesota Foundation.
David plays guitar, piano, fiddle, sings, writes songs, poems, and occasional humorous bits to amuse himself when the proper mood and circumstances converge. He has enjoyed a number of fruitful musical collaborations over the years and his current band, Sonic Love Child , a rootsy acoustic group performs Americana and vintage pop music around the Twin Cities and the Midwest.
Board of DirectorsRuss Fischer, Board President
Russ Fischer is the President of the Board of Directors, and has been with WBSM since October 2010. He joined because he recognized the importance of music education for children and building a stronger community. He believes WBSM fits the bill perfectly. Russ retired from the insurance industry where he was a Regional Vice President for six states. Russ received a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Economics from the State University of New York. He also earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from New York University. When Russ is not doing volunteer work, he prefers spending his time reading, traveling, attending theater and concerts.
Jenna Mueller, Board Treasurer
Jenna Mueller joined the WBSM Board of Directors in July 2010, and serves as Treasurer. She also sits on the Finance Committee. She joined because she is passionate about volunteering and WBSM seemed like a strong organization with great purpose. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Auditor & Tax Accountant, Member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a great asset to our organization and we are lucky to have her on board. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and minored in Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Stephanie Duy, Board Secretary
Stephanie Duy serves on the Marketing Committee and is currently board secretary. March 2012 marks her fifth year on the Board of Directors. She previously has been Board Treasurer, Vice President, and President. When she is not sharing her talents with WBSM, she works for Target as a Business Process Consultant. She holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Economics and Mathematics from St. Olaf College. Her passions include traveling, enjoying the great outdoors and, of course, music!
Chad Nelson, Board Member
Chad Nelson joined the WBSM Board of Directors in 2009. He joined the WBSM board because he is very passionate about music. He also feels it is important to have someone on the board who offers the perspective of a parent of a WBSM student. In addition to serving on the board he heads the Volunteer Committee. Chad attended University of South Dakota, University of MN, and Madison Area Technical College. He holds a degree in Broadcasting from Brown College. Chad is so passionate about music that he has worked in the industry for over 25 years. When he is not listening to music or going to concerts, he is reading about music or playing an instrumental role in childrenâ€™s musical education for WBSM.
Tom Stuck, Board Member
Tom Stuck joined the WBSM Board of Directors in October 2011, and also serves on the Special Projects Committee. Tom joined WBSM because he saw the importance of WBSM and wanted to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the community and in the lives of children. He graduated from Saint Johnâ€™s University in 2007 with a Bachelor degree in Business Management, and then attained an MBA from the Minnesota School of Business in 2009. In addition to volunteering, he works at Accenture. Tom loves music, golfing, skiing, and reading a good book.
Bill Sweatt, Board Member
Bill Sweatt has been on the WBSM Board of Directors since 2006 and helps to coordinate special events for the school. He's currently a principal at Windseeker Tech, and has over 20 years of experience in strategy, management and marketing in various industries. Bill holds a BS in Hotel Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Carlson School of Management.
Katy Yeske, Board Member
Katy Yeske joined the WBSM Board of Directors in February 2012 and currently leads the Marketing Committee. She holds a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State and is an account executive at a small Twin Cities creative agency. Katy loves concerts and has always had a passion for live music. So for her, supporting a cause that helps musicians perform live music is an awesome opportunity. She also enjoys attending concerts, crafting, and cooking.
Morgan Wallace, Board Member
Morgan Wallace has been serving on the WBSM Board of directors since May 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee. Morgan majored in accounting and minored in business administration at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She works as a CPA at Murry and Murry, LTD, and is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institue of Certified Public Accountants. She loves spending time at the lake, traveling, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family. When asked why she was interested in WBSM she said she really wanted to get involved in the community and use her skills at a great organization working towards a great goal.
Mark Richardson, Board Member
Mark Richardson joined the WBSM Board of Directors in May 2012. Mark is a retired CPA and loves old-time music, sailing and jug bands. As an amateur musician himself, WBSM seemed like a great place for him to help out. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, an MBA at Drake University, and Master of Science, Taxation from DePaul University.
Chuck Watson, Board Member
Charles Watson joined the WBSM Board of directors in April 2012 and works on the Special Projects Committee. As a longtime music student and parent of music students, he knows the value of music education and the importance of supporting teaching and performing opportunities in the community. He was drawn to WBSM for it's historical significance to the West Bank community and to the performing arts community in the Twin Cities area. Chuck is a Manager of Implementations and Release Management at SunGard InTrader in Hopkins. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the Carlson School of Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. He also is a member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth.