You'll likely catch Race Hoglund '19 playing gigs with his band in the F-M area, brewing up lattes at Moxie Java or practicing saxophone in Hvidsten.
Where are you from and what are you studying?
I am originally from Fargo, N.D., and I am in the Bachelor of Music program for instrumental education.
Why did you choose to come to Concordia for music?
I started taking saxophone lessons from professor Russell Peterson right after I first picked up saxophone halfway through high school, so it just felt natural to come to Concordia after a couple years of lessons. Plus, I was originally going to be a vocal ed major because Concordia is known for their top tier choirs, but I quickly switched once I realized how much I enjoyed playing the saxophone and how phenomenal the band program also is.
What do you love about playing the saxophone? How long have you been playing?
I started out on clarinet in sixth grade and always hated it but for some reason never quit. When I got to high school, I was given the opportunity to pick up saxophone and join the top jazz band and I immediately fell in love. I honestly really enjoy how easy it is to play compared to clarinet and the sound in general.
What other extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I play in two big bands outside of school – a jazz combo called The Jazz Committee and a blues band called The Bizness. Other than that, I pretty much play PC games and sleep as much as I can.
What do you plan/dream to do post-grad?
I plan on teaching K-5 general music ed somewhere on one of the coasts or down South depending on job opportunities. I also plan on trying to gig as often as I can after school and eventually go to grad school for jazz performance.
What has been your favorite Concordia memory?
Playing in my very first jazz concert my freshman year
Why is music important in higher education?
Music in higher education is extremely important because it gives students the opportunity to continue on what they did in high school at a higher level or let students start fresh by learning a new instrument in the Echo Band or another ensemble they might be interested in joining. Overall, music is an important outlet for individuals to express themselves, relieve stress, and learn something new.
Do you have a professor that you look up to? Why?
I find myself mostly looking up to Dr. Haberman and Professor Peterson. Dr. Haberman is the prime example of what a music educator should look like. He has all the right answers (well, most of the right answers) and everything he does is intentional. I also look up Professor Peterson because to me he is a fantastic saxophone teacher and he is a good example of how I want my playing to turn out eventually.
What is your favorite meal at D.S.?
I am a really simple guy when it comes to food, so you can’t ever go wrong with endless chicken strips.
Do you work on or off campus?
Yes! I play at least 1-4 gigs a week with various bands and work at Moxie Java in Moorhead.
What is one piece of advice you would give a freshman who is considering taking the music major route?
Do as much as you can and try everything.
Danyel Moe '17 is a content specialist at Concordia.