Russell Pesola

(Eb cornet) is emeritus conductor of the Concordia College Band where he joined the faculty in 1975. Previously a public school band director, he has extensive experience as a guest clinician and conductor in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently music director of the Parks Rapids Area Community Band and Prairie Winds.

Pesola received his bachelor’s degree in music education from St. Olaf College and has MFA and DMA degrees from the University of Minnesota.

He plays trumpet with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and E-flat cornet with Ameriikan poijat.