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James A. Carlson
1970 - 1973

James CarlsonJames Carlson joined the faculty of the Manchester College Music Department in 1970 with his wife, Kay. He taught brass and percussion instrument studies and also conducted the concert band, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra. His wife taught piano. Mr. Carlson was a very successful instrumental recruiter at Manchester, and developed a concert band that was typically around 65 members with a large percentage of good musicians.

Mr. Carlson received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota Morris, and he earned his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Moorhead State College (Minnesota). In 1972, he earned his Doctorate degree in Music Education from Indiana University Bloomington.

After leaving Manchester in 1973, Mr. Carlson moved back to Minnesota and taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis from 1973 to 1978. He taught music education and conducted the concert band and jazz ensembles.

In 1978, James ‘Doc’ Carlson returned to the University of Minnesota Morris where he taught jazz, trumpet, brass, percussion, music methods, and multicultural music. While there, he also held positions as President of the Minnesota Music Educators Association and the Minnesota Jazz Association.

In 2009, Mr. Carlson and his wife retired from teaching and moved to Florida, where he enjoys playing golf and working at several golf courses in the area.