Prior to coming to Central Lakes College Jonathan Laflamme was a high school band director for fourteen years. His first post was in Pierz, MN where he doubled the participation in both jazz ensemble and concert band. His top ensemble was selected to be a featured performer at the annual Minnesota Music Educator’s State Convention. Jonathan’s top symphonic and jazz bands received both consecutive state superior ratings at all section contests including perfect scores. Jonathan also took the band on its first international tour. This success continued in Little Falls where Jonathan was Director of Bands for nine years. The high school band grew to include the most students enrolled in school history and the jazz program bloomed to three different ensembles boasting the participation of over 90 students. The top jazz ensemble was selected to open the annual Minnesota School Board Association Convention in Minneapolis and also received consecutive superior ratings at state section contest as well as ‘Best in Site.’ The marching and pep bands nearly doubled in size during Jonathan’s tenure and Times Media awarded ‘Best Pep Band in Central Minnesota’ to the Little Falls Flyer Pep Band. Jonathan took the Little Falls top ensembles overseas for the first time in school history. The band has performed on four international tours and visited seven countries. The creation of chamber ensembles and securing the necessary instruments became Jonathan’s last endeavor. The Flyer Band Program has a flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone choir, percussion ensemble and two brass quintets. In addition to teaching Jonathan has been composing and arranging music for a variety of genres from rock and roll charts to jazz and symphonic band pieces. College and military bands have premiered Jonathan’s compositions. Jonathan holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from St. Cloud State University and further graduate studies in composition, and music and developmental education from SCSU and North Dakota State University. Jonathan has been selected twice by Minnesota Public Radio as their music ‘teacher feature,’ and most recently was selected to represent Minnesota in the National School Band and Orchestra magazine as The top 50 Music Educators Who Make a Difference. Jonathan aspires to increase the Central Lakes College Music Department in all arenas with specific regards to participation and number of performance ensembles, diversity of music courses offered, becoming a zero textbook cost degree, creating a Associates of Fine Arts degree, implementing a recording studio and expanding relationships with Minnesota high school music programs and community stakeholders. Jonathan is passionate about teaching music, bow hunting, fishing, alpine skiing, water sports, athletics and most of all faith and family.