Central High School, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Conductor: North Dakota Middle School Honors Band
Christie Aleshire is in her 18th year as Director of Bands and Department Chair at Grand Forks Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Prior to her appointment at Central, Mrs. Aleshire taught 13 years of vocal and instrumental music in North Dakota. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Minot State University (Minot, ND) and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She studied conducting with mentor John Climer, and has had opportunities to work with Craig Kirchoff, H. Robert Reynolds, and Richard Floyd . Her responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic band, Varsity band, jazz band, drum line, pep band, private lessons, ensembles, and conducting the pit orchestra.
Christie has been a state representative for the North Dakota Music Educators Association, serving in many different capacities. She was the recipient of the North Dakota Music Educators “ Music Educator of the Year” in 2000.
Christie is active as a clinician and judge for large and small groups throughout the state of North Dakota and Minnesota. She enjoys playing trumpet in various ensembles in Grand Forks, and is currently a member of a salsa band. Mrs. Aleshire is a member of North Dakota Education Association, Grand Forks Education Association, North Dakota National Association for Music Educators, North Dakota Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, North Dakota National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu.
Christie lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Todd and their dog Lou. She enjoys biking, exercise, and time with family and friends.