Staff

Darin Bergsven, Music Instructor

Darin is a music teacher and guitar player.  He earned his B.A. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2002.  Darin currently performs solo and with Tangier 57 and has performed with jazz duo Perfectini, the North Shore Big Band, and the Big Time Jazz Orchestra.  He appears on many recordings including his solo debut Out of Nowhere (2012), Tangier 57’s It Is People (2009), and Big Time Jazz Orchestra’s Fanfare From Some Flounder? (2006).  When he’s not playing a gig or teaching at MRC, Darin teaches high school music at Harbor City International School.

James Geisler,  Music Instructor

James is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth who studied communication, business, and philosophy. James is also a hip-hop musician who focuses on life, dreams, and positivity. In teaching at the Music Resource Center, James is hoping to help students use music to express themselves and to promote a positive message.

Mark Eskola,  Music Instructor

Mark plays and teaches piano, guitar, bass and cello. His undergrad studies were at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and graduate work at UW Madison with MA from UMD. He has taught band in Cherry, Mt. Iron and Buhl Minnesota and then orchestra in Virginia, MN, Duluth Central and Duluth East High School for a total of thirty-four years.  Mark has written numerous arrangements and compositions and also plays bass guitar in the progressive rock band, JMB Band. He has studied luthier work and has built guitars and an electric cello and done numerous instrument repairs out of his shop.

Johnie Ostman,  Volunteer

Johnie has been a volunteer at the Music Resource Center for the last two years. Johnie opened for Mitch Ryder at the Armory back in 1969. He is still an active guitarist who enjoys playing a wide variety of styles and genres.

Mark Poirier,  Executive Director

Mark is the executive director at the Armory Arts and Music Center. He has been working to restore the Armory for the last five years. Mark has also worked with the Music Resource Center during this time.