Christopher Fogderud recently completed his 7th year as Director of Bands at Brainerd High School. His responsibilities include teaching the BHS Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and AP Music Theory as well as the BHS Marching Band and Pep Bands. He received his B.A in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Masters of Music with a concentration in conducting from The American Band College of Sam Houston State University.
As a performer, Mr. Fogderud is the principle trumpet and assistant conductor of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra and has played frequently with the Lakes Area Music Festival. He has been the featured soloist with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the West River Winds Community Band. He can also be seen around the area playing in various jazz combos including Central Standard Time and the Blue Moon Jazz Combo.
Apart from teaching and performing, Mr. Fogderud enjoys golfing, backpacking, marathoning, and hanging out with his two cats, Louis and Dizzy (Yes, they were named after the jazz musicians). He lives in Brainerd with his wonderful and talented wife, Sarah.