Directors and Staff

Pete Hansen

Pete Hansen is the Executive Director of Groove, Inc. Pete also teaches private percussion lessons, and 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.

Jason Raether

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.  He 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.

Micah Jastram

Micah Jastram is the Battery Technincian and Visual Director for Groove, Inc. Micah is a graduate of Augustana College with a bachelors degree in Music Education. Micah has been a performing member in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, the Carolina Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble.

Calvin Lipetzky

Calvin Lipetzky will be taking on the role of program director for the Pursuit ensemble this season. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Music Education. Currently, he works in the Brandon Valley School District as the middle school band director, and director of percussion at the high school. Calvin has taught and was a clinician with numerous programs around the midwest including Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Washington, Brookings High School, Rosemount High School, Scott Highlands Middle School, Irondale High School, and Eagan High School. He was also a founder of the Brookings Marching Percussion program, which was awarded 2016 Scholastic Fan Favorite in MPA Indoor Drumline Circuit and continues to be a competitive ensemble. In addition to his responsibilities at Groove Pursuit, Calvin is the director of the Brandon Valley Indoor Drumline.

Emily Marotz

Emily is a sophomore Music Education major at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. A Brookings, SD native, she marched six seasons as a pit member in their drumline. She also taught the frontline with David Schumann for two seasons after graduating in 2016. Emily joined Groove Pursuit after high school as a marimbist for the 2016-2017 winter season. Since then, she has become a frontline instructor as part of the Brandon Valley Marching Staff. She has strived to foster good technique and a positive environment in her time at Brandon Valley. Aside from playing and teaching, Emily is heavily involved on Augustana’s campus. She sings with the Augustana Choir and hopes to someday become a choir director. Emily is excited to be back, playing and teaching as a Groove veteran!

Morgan Nelson

Morgan marched in Groove for four years from 2005-2009. She marched for two years for Brandon Valley High School and two years for Lincoln High School where she graduated. Morgan also marched with the drum line at the University of South Dakota for three years, only missing one year of her undergrad to study abroad. Currently, Morgan works as a biostatistician for Sanford Research. In her spare time, Morgan says she watches too much Netflix and hangs out with her boyfriend and three cats.

Dan Sailer

Dan Sailer is currently attending the University of North Texas to earn a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance.  He is also a battery technician for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Il. His undergraduate experience was at Concordia University, St. Paul as a K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Education major with a minor in Lutheran Confessionalism.  At CSP, Dan was involved in the Christus Chorus, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, composition lessons, and theatre.

Dan is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was most recently  the assistant band director  at George McGovern Middle School.  While in Sioux Falls, he was the ensemble director for Groove Pursuit (PIA), and a battery instructor for the Lincoln High School Drumline.  Past teaching experience includes the Boston Crusaders (2014-2016); River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps and Indoor Drumline (2010-2014); Irondale High School Marching Knights and Winter Drumline (2009-2014); and the Minnesota Brass Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps, the 2013 DCA High Percussion winners.

Dan was a 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 also 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.”

Alex Pfeiffer

Alex recently graduated from Augustana University with a Biology major. He is a former Groove student who marched with Groove from 2005-2013, with the last four years being a part of the Pursuit Battery. In addition to Pursuit, he marched four years on the Lincoln High School Drumline. Now out of college, he splits his time between working at Sanford Hospital and teaching as a Battery Technician for the Lincoln High School Drumline. This is Alex’s fifth year as an active Battery Technician and his first year working on staff with Groove.