Monte Dunnum

American School Band Directors Association-Past President, Westby Area High School Band Director, Freelance

Quick Facts:

Nationality: USA
Artist Since:2016
Influences:Weston Noble | Lowell Graham | Ronald E. Evenstad (deceased 2015)
Mac or PC:Mac
iPhone or Android:iPhone
Facebook or Twitter:Facebook
Satellite or Cable:Satellite
Favorite Food:Tater Tot Casserole
Favorite Drink:Orange Juice
Favorite Car:1971 Chevy C10 Truck
Favorite Book:Whichever I am currently reading...
Favorite Movie:The Natural
Favorite TV Show:Blue Bloods
Favorite Song:Anything by Chicago
Favorite Composition:The Hounds of Spring-Alfred Reed
Favorite Arrangement:Trieste Overture-arr. Larry Daehn
Favorite Musical:School of Rock
Favorite Orchestra:Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Favorite Concert Band:Westby High School Band
Favorite Big Band:Westby Summer Big Band
Favorite Rock/Pop Band:Chicago
Favorite Solo Musical Artist:Harry Watters
Favorite Music Clinician:Harry Watters
Favorite Performance Venue:Any ASBDA National Convention Stage
Favorite Hobby:Baseball
Favorite Hotel:Any
Favorite Cartoon Character:Bugs Bunny

Banded Story:

As a student in my high school band, there were many moments that made me understand the impact music can have on us all.  I want to share that with others.


Monte Dunnum is currently the Director of Bands at the Westby Area School District, representing Westby-Coon Valley and Chaseburg in Western WI.  While at Westby (22  years), Dunnums bands have consistently achieved high ratings at Local and State Music Festivals and have been selected to perform at various State Conventions and Conferences. Although Westby High School is small at a total 9-12 enrollment of about 350 students, the Westby High School Band consistently has a membership of about 170 students or nearly 1/2 of the student population.  Monte has served as National President of the American School Band Directors Association, a member of Boards of Directors for the Wisconsin School Music Association and National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter.  Monte has been a guest conductor at various High School and Middle School honors bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Tennessee.   His sessions on Creating and Maintaining High Enrollment in Band and Small School Marching Band Success were highly attended and very well received at the WI Music Educators Conference the past two years.  Monte and his wife Peg live on a farm in Western WI.  Children include Brian (Junior at UW-Madison), Sam (Freshman at UW-Madison) and Laura (Jr. at Westby High School).