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About Sarah Aymond

Assistant Director

Sarah Jo Aymond, a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, is an active performer, teacher, conductor, arranger, and author. In 2019, she completed her Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Barber. While at Nebraska, Aymond served as a Graduate Assistant with the Nebraska Bands program and served as an associate director and conductor of the UNL Wind Area Ensembles, UNL Campus Bands, UNL Big Red Express Pep Bands, and the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band. She was presented with a “Key to the Nebraska Band Program” in 2018 for her work during her time there. Prior to her graduate work, Aymond was the Director of Bands at a PK-12 school in northwest Minnesota where she was awarded the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Arts Legacy Grant for $10,000 for her program.


In 2016, she graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While at UND, Aymond held the position of Drum Major of the “Pride of the North” Marching Band for three consecutive seasons and was a featured performer with both the 1 O’clock Jazz Ensemble and the UND Wind Ensemble. She has multiple articles published in various academic journals and presently serves as both the North Dakota and South Dakota state chair for the Women’s Band Directors International organization.


Aymond has served as a camp counselor, conducting instructor, and guest concert band and jazz ensemble conductor with the Bemidji MusiCamp since their 2018 season. Presently, Aymond is the Assistant Director of Bands at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD, where she works with the program’s four concert bands, three jazz ensembles, and the Roosevelt Marching Band. She also serves as the Director of Show Choir Bands at Roosevelt.


Aymond’s professional affiliations including the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Association for Music Educators, the National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, the South Dakota Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.