Recently, the Mankato Area Public School Board named Michael Thursby director of 77 Lancers Marching Band. Thursby also serves as director of
athletic bands at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He was a teacher and director of the competitive marching band at Grand Rapids, Minn. High School, which excelled and enjoyed a high level of competitive success during his tenure.
Michael Thursby has master's degrees in music education and percussion performance from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. He also has a bachelor's degree in music education from University of Iowa, Iowa City.