Mr. Venaas teaches 5th grade band, 6th grade band, 5th grade classroom music as well as directing the middle school jazz band.
Last year the 6th grade band won the first place trophy at the Adventureland Festival of Bands, receiving a superior rating. Last year the middle school jazz band won trophies at the two jazz festivals they competed at.
Mr. Venaas received his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Applied Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1980. He studied clarinet and saxophone with Dr. Robert Williams and flute with Dr. Marion Valasek. He plays clarinet with the Le Mars and Sioux City Municipal Bands. He has taught elementary, middle school and high school band in Minnesota, Iowa, and for the last fifteen years, at Dakota Valley in South Dakota.
Mr. Venaas has taken numerous graduate-level classes. In 2013 he conducted in the Minnesota Area Conducting Workshop at Southwest Minnesota State University and in 2016 conducted in a masterclass with famed conductor Frank Battisti. He has participated numerous times at the University of South Dakota Band Directors' Institute. In 2011 the Dakota Valley Middle School Jazz Band had the honor of being chosen to play for the South Dakota Bandmasters Conference.
Mr.Venaas received his Band Instrument Repair Certification from Red Wing Technical College in 1992, studying woodwind and brass repair. He has his repair shop in his home in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Venaas has written and had had published four articles about band instrument repair in the national band magazine, The Instrumentalist.