©2019 by Groove Inc.

OUR TEAM

PETE HANSEN

Executive Director

Pete is the founder and executive director of Groove Inc, he also teaches private percussion lessons,  Over the last ten years, his students have marched in DCI with The Phantom Regiment, Crossmen, Carolina Crown, Colts, Pioneer, and Americanos, and in WGI with The Blue Knights winter ensemble, Chopstix Percussion, and Groove Impact and Pursuit. Pete has conducted percussion clinics for several tri-state area high schools: Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sioux City North, Sioux City, Iowa; Spirit Lake, Iowa; Southwest Christian, Edgerton, Minnesota; Lennox, South Dakota; Pella, Iowa; Pierre, South Dakota; and Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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Pete is married to Sarah and they have 4 kids; Maddie, Oscar, Ira & Archer who are also involved in several of the Groove groups.

DAN SAILER

Academy Coordinator + Instructor

Dan Sailer is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dan is also the percussion arranger for Lincoln HS Patriot Marching Band, and an adjunct Professor of Percussion at Dordt University (Sioux Center, IA) and Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) where he also conducts the Women’s Choir. Dan is the Principal Percussionist of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and also plays with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
 

Dan graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul in 2014 with a double major in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Education and a minor in Lutheran Confessionalism. At CSP, Dan was involved in the Christus Chorus directed by Dr. David Mennicke, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble directed by Aaron Isakson, composition lessons with Abbie Betinis, as well as being involved in  musical theatre and acting.


Dan was a snare line member of the world champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007-2010 (Rockford, Il) and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011-2012 (Santa Clara, CA). He has received awards in many snare drum solo contests, most notably the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Competition (5th place, 2011), and the Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Competition (2nd place, 2010). Dan has been a percussion staff member for Irondale HS, River City Rhythm Indoor and Drum Corps, Minnesota Brass, the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.


Dan spent the 2014-2015 school year teaching in New Amsterdam, Guyana, South America at the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy. He was one of three pioneering teachers who helped start GLMA, a community music program that teaches students of all ages and backgrounds how to play, read, sing, perform, and create music. The GLMA motto is “enriching lives through music education for all.”


Dan graduated with his Master’s Degree in Percussion from the the University of North Texas in May of 2019. His professors include Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, and Eugene Corporon. Performance credits include the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Showcase Concert with the Canadian Brass, recording with the North Texas Wind Symphony Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and master classes with Frederic Macarez, Andy Narell, and Wei-Chen Lin.

MICHELE NOVACEK

Finance Director

Michele is a familiar face to Groove as she served on the Groove Board as Treasurer from 2011-2016.  Michele took a break from Groove to be more involved in her son Keegan’s high school Band Parent Association at Roosevelt in Sioux Falls, SD.  She rejoined Groove, Inc. in 2019 as the Director of Finance.  Her role is to manage all financial aspects of the Groove organization and assist in growing its membership and expanding programs.

 

Michele brings a rich financial services background as she has been employed in the banking industry for 29 years.  The last 15 years of that time have been focused in Compliance, Audit, and Finance.  Michele has a Master’s degree in Accounting and a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from the University of South Dakota. Go Yotes!

 

Michele is looking forward to getting to know all the Groove families and working with the staff and Board members to ensure Groove, Inc. continues to be a successful percussion organization for Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas. 

JESSE MURAWSKI

Operations Director

Jesse and his family have been part of Groove for over 8 years.  As a trumpet player in high school, music was an influential part of his time and now he's grown passionate for percussion and assisting kids to flourish in finding their love for music.  From 2017 - 2019, Jesse served as Executive Board President and most recently transitioned to the organization as the part time Operations Director. 

 

Jesse's wife Lissa  also currently serves on the Executive Board and his 3 children, Owen, Olive & Harris participate in Groove.  He also sits on the Band Parents Association Board for the Lincoln High School Band in Sioux Falls, SD. Jesse additionally owns and operates Murawski Design.

JASON RAETHER

Instructor

Jason is a school nurse for the Sioux Falls School District.  When Jason is not nursing, he has a passion for percussion. At 7 years old, his passion began with banging on pots and pans and progressed through college playing at SDSU and in a variety of bands and recording.  Now Jason is giving private percussion lessons and helping out on the marching band field at various schools in the community.

 

Jason is currently assisting with the programs at Patrick Henry Middle School, Pipestone High School, West Lyon High School, and Lincoln High School.  He also consults on sound for several schools in the region.  This will be Jason’s fifth year as an instructor for Groove, Inc.  Jason lives in Sioux Falls with his wonderful wife Nancy and their 5 kids:  Ben, Alex, Josh, Will, and Abby.  Jason is excited to be back and that Will and Josh will be Groove members as well.