2019 All-State Junior Band
Guest Conductor: Connie Root
Connie Root recently retired after 41 years of being a middle school band director. She taught 6th and 8th grade concert bands, as well as lessons to 6th through 8th graders in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Root received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1976 and her Master’s Degree in Arts Education from UW-River Falls in 2008. In addition to public school teaching, she maintains a private trumpet studio and performs regularly in area ensembles. She is a thirty-one year member of the St. Croix Valley Community Band and performs with the UW-River Falls University Band. Ms. Root is a faculty member at the Shell Lake Arts Center, teaching trumpet at the summer’s Concert Band Camp.
Root is an active Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) master level adjudicator and has also served as a clinician for area school district festivals. She has served three terms for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) as Vice President of the Northwest region of Wisconsin, and has been active with the Wisconsin Honors Project, serving as brass coach for the High School Honors Orchestra, Coordinator of the Middle Level Honors Band, and State Chair of the Middle Level Honors Project. Mrs. Root was chosen by the UW-River Falls faculty as Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, is a recipient of the Hudson Education Foundation’s “Star Excellence” Education award, was chosen as the Wisconsin music teacher that “Makes a Difference” from the national School Band and Orchestra magazine, and was recently selected as the recipient of WMEA’s Michael G. George Distinguished Service Award.