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HARVEY MOEN ( 1909- 2001)

Harvey Skewis Moen was born May 20, 1909, to O.H. Moen and Anita (Skewis) Moen in Inwood, IA. He graduated from Inwood high school and earned a Bachelor of Science (Education) degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He received the Master of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan and completed additional post-graduate hours from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and Western State College in Colorado. Early in his career, Harvey taught music in several SD schools including Augustana Academy at Canton, as well as the Canton and Groton high schools. In 1935, he was selected as a member of the International Marimba Symphony Orchestra for a concert tour of Europe. Upon returning to the United States, the orchestra, consisting of 100 marimbas, played a concert in Carnegie Hall. In 1940, he was invited by Dr. N.E. Steele, president of Northern State Teachers College (now Northern State University), to establish a formal concert band program and a capella choir. Due to the shortage of band directors during World War II, he also directed bands in the Columbia, Warner, and Aberdeen schools. In 1949, he began the tradition of inviting area high school bands to participate in a mass band performance during half time of Northern’s homecoming Gypsy Day football game. Over 1,000 students presented music and maneuvers annually. This activity continued until 1962. He also began the annual Northern State Band Clinic in 1946, which continues today. Harvey was a full-time faculty member from 1940-1974 and then half time until 1978.

Harvey received numerous awards for his dedication and love of music. The South Dakota Music Educators Association honored him following 25 years of service as an All-State Band Judge. He received the Man of Music award from the Theta Nu Chapter of Sinfonia and the Distinguished Service award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association. In 1992, he was one of the six original inductees into the South Dakota Bandmasters Hall of Fame at the Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion, SD.


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