For the Musicians’ Portrait Project, Gene Mosbrucker, in his own words:
“I grew up in Mandan, North Dakota, took piano lessons from age eight on, from various local piano teachers. I eventually ended with a total of eight years of piano. At about eleven I took my first clarinet lesson from Loran Eckroth. Needless to say he was my main mentor through out high school as well as at Dickinson State College. I did take lessons on the Alto Sax from his brother, Marvin Eckroth, for some time as well. To sum up, the entire Eckroth family was a tremendous musical influence because I eventually ended up playing in their dad's dance band, the George Eckroth Band.
“During my college years, as students, we delivered many clinics throughout the state as well as in Canada. These sessions were an enormous educational benefit to me because I learned a lot about teaching from them.
“Following graduation from Dickinson State College with a B.Sc., I applied for and obtained an assistantship at the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls. I graduated in the summer of 1968 with a Masters in Music and began my first year of teaching at Napoleon, N.D. I taught instrumental music, grades 5 - 12 and choir, grades 7 - 12 for 4 years in Napoleon.
“While teaching there I met my future wife Florence. We were married in June of 1972, the same year that I started a new job teaching instrumental music in the Mandan school system. John Peffer — also a DSC grad — and I were the band directors together for 7 years.
“I ended up teaching 28 years in the Mandan school system before I retired in May of 2000. During that time my wife and I had four children, two boys and two girls. Since I've retired: I play piano for weddings and funerals, play clarinet in adult community bands, and saxophone in a local jazz band. In addition, I manage the apartments that we have accumulated over the years. And I occasionally help my wife with her painting and wallpapering business. If I'm really lucky enough to have some additional spare time, I fish! My wife and I also travel which is always a nice change of pace. I can't complain, I truly enjoy all the variety.”