Musical Leadership

Caroline Becker and Barry Zumwalde

Barry Zumwalde, Director


Barry Zumwalde teaches instrumental music at Forest Lake Area High School and Southwest Junior High School in Forest Lake, Minnesota. He previously taught for nine years at North Branch Area High School. He holds a BM in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and an MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Barry has served on the board of MMEA as Jazz Education Chair, and is a Past President of the Minnesota Band Directors Association, where he also served as Membership Chair. He has been a contributor to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Music Committee for several years and currently serves as Music Representative on the MSHSL Region 7AA Committee. He is presently the Secondary Music Department Chair for the Forest Lake Area Schools. He is a member of MMEA, MBDA, and NAfME.

Barry has given presentations on music education at various conferences in Minnesota including the MMEA Midwinter Clinic, the MBDA Summer Teaching Symposium, the CMENC fall retreat, and several colleges and universities, including St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State Mankato, the University of Minnesota, and the University of St. Thomas. He has particular interests in helping college students successfully transition to their teaching career, developing student leadership, and models of effective music departments in Minnesota schools.

 Caroline Becker, Assistant Director


Caroline Becker completed her Bachelor of Arts in trumpet performance/music education and her Masters in Music Education both at the University of Saint Thomas. Professionally, she has mentored undergraduate music education students, presented twice at the Minnesota Music Educator Association’s Midwinter Clinic, served the Minnesota Band Director’s Association for five years, and has given professional development presentations on music and literacy/language learning for three different school districts. Caroline taught for eight years at Saint Agnes, building a 5-12th grade band program and teaching K-6 elementary music. Currently, Caroline is a special education teacher at Prodeo Academy and is working on her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Outside of music and teaching, Caroline enjoys yoga, biking, cooking, and reading Jane Austen novels. 

Past Directors:

Director, Charles Weise: Fall 2012 through Spring 2013.

Director, Jim Baxter: Spring 2008 through Spring 2012.

Director, Michael Moeller: Fall, 2011 (Interim).

Director, Karen Eitland: Spring 2003 through Winter 2008.

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