John Ingman began playing the trumpet in fourth grade, and (at the urging of his Junior High band director) switched to tuba in 7th grade. Living in Fairfax, VA at the time he was lucky to get instruction from low brass members of the Washington DC military bands. John played throughout High School, and then attended and graduated from the University of Oregon, where he played in various ensembles, including Wind Ensemble. He has been married to his wife, Jo, for 20+ years, and has two children Elea and Daniel. After relocating to the St. Cloud area in 2004, John is employed as a warehouse manager with BI Worldwide in Eden Valley, MN. In February of 2005, John became the tuba player with the Granite City Brass, which he is still a current member. He became a member of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2011.
Patrick Thorn has been a member of the SCSO since 1992. Patrick is entering his 6th season as principal trumpet. Along with keeping busy in the Symphony, Patrick is the lead trumpet for the Fabulous Armadillos, playing all sorts of music, from soul and R & B to straight up rock and roll! Patrick performs regularly at the Pioneer Place Theater, most recently in the last two productions of Laughing All The Way, and the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors. He has also lent his horn playing to the George Mauer big band at the Dakota Jazz Club, the infamous Shake A Hamster Band and the Collective Unconcious for their performaces of Bridge Over Troubled Water. During the day, Patrick sells wine for a local distributor and spends afternoons outside playing frisbee with his Catahoula Leopard Dog, Buddy.
Patty Diederichs earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in horn performance from St. Cloud State University in 1994. She went on to gain her Master of Music degree, also in horn performance, while working with Professor Douglas Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.
While in Wisconsin, she played with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras. She has performed in several different areas of the United States including the Chicago and Washington DC areas.
Teaching experiences include lessons through St. Cloud State University, Elgin Community College faculty and Blue Lake Fine Art's Camp faculty. Currently she is adjunct horn faculty at St. Cloud State University, performs with the Granite City Brass Quintet and is an active player with local productions and organizations.
Dr. Mark A. Springer has been a member of the St. Cloud State University music faculty since 1996. He is now the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts & School of the Arts at SCSU.
Mark has performed extensively as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician in Minnesota, throughout the Midwest, and internationally. In addition to being the principal trombonist of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra since 1996, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Madison (WI) Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and Great River Jazz Collective. He has appeared as a guest soloist/recitalist in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and Texas, with international engagements in England, Scotland, and Mexico. He has appeared with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Dallas Brass, and American Brass Quintet, including as a guest artist on their Fyre & Lightning: Consort Music of 1600 release. He released his first solo CD, ARIA-Music for Trombone and Organ, in 2008 with collaborator and SCSU faculty emeritus Dr. Charles Echols. Mark has also presented numerous master classes and in-school workshops throughout the state and region.
Originally from the state of Washington, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and History from Washington State University. He also holds Master and Doctoral degrees in Trombone Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival, the Festival at Sandpoint (ID), and an artist-in-residence at theBravo! Colorado Music Festival in Vale, Colorado.