The band was formed especially for Annual Conference by Michael Aukofer
, who gathered the musicians from the Chicago area as well as Kansas.He
arranged all the songs that will be performed at Annual Conference.The music will encompass a broad range of styles.In addition to Aukofer
, the band members will be Jeanne Anne Aukofer, Ron Buskey, Julie Calhoun, Rob Farmer, Bruce Franklin, Les Lankhorst and Preston Richey.
...Michael Aukofer was born in Iowa but raised in Wichita.He is a graduate of Friends University and Wichita State University.He
currently is completing his
dissertation for DMA from the University of Kentucky
, where he
was awarded a full Graduate Teaching Assistantship and received the 2004 Academic Excellence Scholarship.He
is the instrumental director and director of the Center for the Arts at West Ridge Community Church
in Elgin, Ill.Aukofer's wife, Jeanne Anne, is a Hutchinson native, who received her bachelor's degree in music performance from Friends University in 2001 and her masters in music performance from the University of Kentucky in 2004.Since obtaining her masters, she also earned her K-12 music education certificate from Judson University in Elgin, Ill.She
was twice awarded the Albert A. Marks Jr. National Scholarship for Teacher Education.She currently is the music teacher, choir director and private-lesson instructor for kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, Ill. Ron Buskey was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y.He
became involved in contemporary Christian music during the early 1970s.His "day job" is leading a research group for Motorola's corporate labs looking at architecture and technology for software security.He
also plays percussion for the West Ridge Community Church worship band in Illinois.He
wife celebrated 25 years of marriage this year.