For Ross Venneberg (UWM MM, Music—2021), the new band director as of last semester, trumpeting is more rooted in his past than his professional career. He started conducting five years ago, but he’s played the trumpet since the fifth grade.
“Trumpet is what’s been guiding my musical path most of the way, and then conducting kind of joined in with it,” Venneberg said.
He took a circuitous route to his current job. Most college graduates who want to become conductors pursue that immediately, but he took a tour around higher education institutions in the nation.
He grew up in Alaska, attending a small high school in Sitka, where the band teacher doubled as a choir director. He spent his childhood playing baseball and basketball and considered pursuing kinesiology as a career.