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.


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 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

Shane Macklin

Andy Filipiak