Duane Ledin
Duane Ledin

Duane Ledin’s no Indiana, but he digs Harmony.

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist after watching ‘Indiana Jones.’ I thought adventure and beating up bad guys was a part of the gig. Turns out it was mostly digging,” admitted Fillmore Central’s new fifth through 12th grade band instructor.

He added that he’s glad to be a resident of Harmony for a specific reason, even if he’s not Indiana Jones. “I grew up on a street called ‘Symphony Street’ in a neighborhood called ‘Melody Manor,’ so it’s nice to live in a town called ‘Harmony’.”

Ledin was a senior in high school in 2001, and five years later, in 2006, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

“Music has been a big part of my life, and I was blessed to have some really great music teachers growing up,” he said. “Those two influences had made a large impression on me. This will be my tenth year teaching. In addition to teaching band, I have also taught general music classes and a rock band class. The last six years, I was band director in Warroad, Minn., for grades five through 12. Before that, I was middle school band director for three years in the New London-Spicer district. I am excited to be a part of this stellar music program that Fillmore Central has historically enjoyed.”

He and his wife have two daughters and they are all excited to be closer to home.

“While I miss my students in Warroad, we were a good eight hours away from family members…grandmas and grandpas are excited to see their grandchildren more often, and I look forward to being a part of a dedicated and fun staff to work with,” Ledin added.

He hopes to meet his students’ needs in band education.

“At my last school, the challenge was rebuilding a band program that had fallen on hard times for many years — five band directors in the period of seven years before I was director. I am very proud of the program that I built there — after a couple of years of rebuilding, we began to consistently get superior ratings at contest with large numbers involved in the band program.”

He said the opposite is true at Fillmore Central.

“The challenge here is maintaining the strong reputation that Fillmore Central already has with its strong band program, so my philosophy needs to change to meet this challenge,” Ledin said. “We’re going to be doing lots and lots of playing music.”

He anticipates working with the students towards the goal of working together to make the best program they can.

“For my situation, I want them to expand their musical experience,” Ledin added. “We also seem to come across a lot of life lessons in band that can be some of the most important lessons a student can learn in life. I want to give them a sense of confidence through their musical playing and lifelong lessons that they will carry around with them all their life.”

Ledin lives in Harmony, of course, with his wife and daughters. “I have been married to my wife, Cari, now for nine years, and we have two beautiful daughters who are 5 and 2. I like to compose music, hang out with my kids, I’m a big history buff, and I love baseball,” he concluded.

He added that he’s glad to be a resident of Harmony for a specific reason, even if he’s not Indiana Jones. “I grew up on a street called ‘Symphony Street’ in a neighborhood called ‘Melody Manor,’ so it’s nice to live in a town called ‘Harmony’.”

Ledin was a senior in high school in 2001, and five years later, in 2006, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

“Music has been a big part of my life, and I was blessed to have some really great music teachers growing up,” he said. “Those two influences had made a large impression on me. This will be my tenth year teaching. In addition to teaching band, I have also taught general music classes and a rock band class. The last six years, I was band director in Warroad, Minn., for grades five through 12. Before that, I was middle school band director for three years in the New London-Spicer district. I am excited to be a part of this stellar music program that Fillmore Central has historically enjoyed.”

He and his wife have two daughters and they are all excited to be closer to home.

“While I miss my students in Warroad, we were a good eight hours away from family members…grandmas and grandpas are excited to see their grandchildren more often, and I look forward to being a part of a dedicated and fun staff to work with,” Ledin added.

He hopes to meet his students’ needs in band education.

“At my last school, the challenge was rebuilding a band program that had fallen on hard times for many years — five band directors in the period of seven years before I was director. I am very proud of the program that I built there — after a couple of years of rebuilding, we began to consistently get superior ratings at contest with large numbers involved in the band program.”

He said the opposite is true at Fillmore Central.

“The challenge here is maintaining the strong reputation that Fillmore Central already has with its strong band program, so my philosophy needs to change to meet this challenge,” Ledin said. “We’re going to be doing lots and lots of playing music.”

He anticipates working with the students towards the goal of working together to make the best program they can.

“For my situation, I want them to expand their musical experience,” Ledin added. “We also seem to come across a lot of life lessons in band that can be some of the most important lessons a student can learn in life. I want to give them a sense of confidence through their musical playing and lifelong lessons that they will carry around with them all their life.”

Ledin lives in Harmony, of course, with his wife and daughters. “I have been married to my wife, Cari, now for nine years, and we have two beautiful daughters who are 5 and 2. I like to compose music, hang out with my kids, I’m a big history buff, and I love baseball,” he concluded.