About the Department

The Instrumental Music Department at Central Lakes College has been in existence for 21 years starting with a jazz ensemble and now consisting of the CLC Jazz Ensemble, the CLC Community Concert Band, The CLC Brass Ensemble and the newest addition, The CLC Woodwind Ensemble. The groups perform several concerts each year with the Fall and Spring concerts being done by the Jazz Ensemble and the Community Concert Band, and the Winter concert being performed by the Jazz Ensemble , the CLC Brass Ensemble and, now, the CLC Woodwind Ensemble. Other performances include “A Merry Tuba Christmas”, performances at the Sertoma’s Winter Wonderland in December, the Minnesota Fine Arts Festival, and commencement ceremonies at the Brainerd and Staples campuses. The Community Band also participates in the July 4th parade in Brainerd. Membership in these groups is limited to musicians from age 16 and up. Whereas there are no auditions for these groups, the level of musicianship should be that of a competent high school musician. There is no upward limitation to the level of musicianship.

The Community Concert Band: TheCLC Community Concert Band rehearses on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the Fall and Spring with a concert at the end of each term.

The CLC Jazz Ensemble: The CLC Jazz Ensemble rehearses from 4-5:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the school year, participating in three concerts.

The CLC Brass Ensemble: The CLC Brass Ensemble rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. during the interim between the Fall and Spring sessions of the concert band, participating in the winter concert, the Merry Tuba Christmas, the “Twelfth Night Of Christmas” at a local church, and other performance opportunities as they present themselves. Membership is not limited to members of the concert band.

The CLC Woodwind Ensemble: The CLC Woodwind Ensemble rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. during the interim between Fall and Spring sessions of the concert band participating in the winter concert and other performance opportunities.Membership is not limited to concert band members.

Department Information

Department Description: Students may take basic musicianship classes in voice, piano, brass, woodwinds and guitar as well as basic music theory, appreciation, jazz and pop music history and world music. Vocal and instrumental performing groups such as Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Brass Ensemble afford students the opportunity to maintain and develop musical skills. The instrumental groups are also open to public participation offering musicians of all ages a chance to keep up the skills.

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific areas of music.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in preparing and performing musical works (performing groups).
  • Demonstrate proficiencies in applied music (instrumental, vocal, guitar, piano, audio recording).

Special Department Information: Performing groups require a basic level of musical knowledge and a desire to raise that level.

Select this link for a complete listing for Music department course offerings.

Transfer Opportunities: Applied music classes in voice, piano, brass, woodwinds, and the performing group credits transfer as music classes and will apply toward the requirements of a music majors at most 4-year institutions.

Career Opportunities: The offerings of the CLC Music Department serve to enrich the lives of the students at CLC through the performing groups, applied music lessons, and appreciation classes. They also afford the student who has not made up his or her mind about a music major the opportunity to see if a degree in music is what one wishes to purse. The Music Industry class gives the students a taste of several possible careers in music including radio broadcasting, performing, recording, retail management and education. The Audio Recording class trains students on digital software which is the standard platform for the recording industry. Several of our students have gone on to find employment in these fields through contacts made during their time at CLC.

Career Titles: Music Teacher, Church Choir Director, Church Organist, Performing Musician, Recording Engineer, Radio Broadcaster, Music Retail Worker, Worship Band Leader/Musician


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Sarah Aamot

Music Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8216
Brainerd E468
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Steven Anderson

Music Faculty
Brainerd E448
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Susan Kavanaugh

Music Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8258
Brainerd E448
jonathan laflamme

Jonathan Laflamme

Music Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8215
Brainerd E465
mark lindquist

Mark Lindquist

Music Instructor Guitar
Phone: 218-855-8236
Brainerd E457

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