Michael Thursby | Director


Mr. Thursby is in his second season as Director of the Mankato Area 77 Lancers. Originally from the state of Iowa, Mr. Thursby is also an Assistant Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Mankato where he leads the Maverick 'Machine' Athletic Band, the Percussion Studio, and assists in other areas within the Department of Music.

Prior to teaching at MSU-Mankato, Mr. Thursby taught for three years at Grand Rapids High School, and has worked with numerous marching groups from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Mr. Thursby is a graduate of The University of Iowa (2008) and the University of Northern Iowa (2010). He was a member of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2006 and the Emerald Knights Drum and Bulge Corps in 2001.

Email: lancerdirector@gmail.com    Phone number 507.389.5545

Will Frame | Assistant Director


Mr. Frame is in his first season as Assistant Director of the Mankato Area 77 Lancers. Mr. Frame is also an Adjunct Professor at Bethany Lutheran College, teaching the Low Brass Private Lessons studio, and works full-time at The Music Mart, Inc. Prior to joining Lancers, Mr. Frame was on staff with the St. Peter Marching Saints marching band, and was Graduate Assistant to the Concert and Athletics Bands at MNSU. He was also Assistant Director with the Pine Island Thunder Drumline in their 2008 summer season. Mr. Frame is a graduate of Rochester Community & Technical College (2010) and Winona State University (2013). He is completing a Master of Arts in Teaching at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mr. Frame was a member of the Maverick Machine Athletic Band from 2013-2018, and the Pine Island Thunder Drumline from 2003-2007.

Email: wframe1@isd77.k12.mn.us


Josh Forbord

Visual & Hornline Instructor


Aaron Hartwell

Hornline Instructor

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Andrew Grabowska

Visual & Hornline Instructor


Justin Tollefson

Visual & Percussion Instructor


Rebecca Friedrichs

Percussion Instructor


Paulette Redman-Adams

Colorguard Instructor

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Alex Cary

Percussion Instructor


Becky Strobel

Woodwind & Percussion Instructor


Ward Miller

Music Arranger & Program Consultant


Zach Brown

Percussion Instructor


Sarah Thursby

Colorguard Instructor