We are very pleased to welcome two esteemed adjudicators who are masters of their craft to work with the teachers and students at BandFest each year. This year’s adjudicators are Dr. Darrin Oehlerking (University of Saskatchewan) and Professor Wendy J. Grasdahl (Concordia University of Edmonton).

Dr. Darrin Oehlerking

Darrin Oehlerking

Dr. Darrin Oehlerking is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at the University of Saskatchewan, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra and teaches courses in Conducting and Music Education. Dr. Oehlerking earned his DMA in Wind Conducting at The University of Iowa (Welch), and a Masters in Music Performance with an emphasis in Conducting (Lonis) at the University of Manitoba, where he holds separate Bachelor degrees in both Music and Education.

In addition to experience teaching primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, Darrin has served as Director of Bands and Jazz at Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN), and as Music Coordinator for the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg MB, as well as post-secondary assignments at the University of Manitoba and Iowa Wesleyan College. Dr. Oehlerking’s ensembles consistently garner outstanding performance awards and showcase invitations at both the local and national levels.

Dr. Oehlerking is an active member of several other professional organizations including the Canadian Band Association, Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, Manitoba Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, WASBE, Pi Kappa Lambda and was elected to a term as President of the Saskatchewan Band Association. He continues to serve as adjudicator, workshop presenter and clinician across Western Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa and is an authority on the history of the bands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As an instrumentalist Darrin continues to perform with various professional and community ensembles across Western Canada and the Midwestern United States

Professor Wendy J. Grasdahl


Wendy Grasdahl is a conductor, trumpet performer, educator and adjudicator. Her professional work encompasses teaching at university and college levels across Canada, military band work and private instruction.  As an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve, Wendy has conducted military bands in Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia. She is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor for school programs, as well as summer music programs, including 12 years at the International Music Camp at the Peace Garden on the Manitoba/U.S. border where she received the Distinguished Service Award for conducting and promoting band in North America. Wendy received the Faculty Association Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of P.E.I., the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Citation Award in Arts & Culture in 2014 and in 2019 the Alberta Band Association “Vondis Miller Legacy” Award.

Having appeared as a trumpet soloist and in professional ensembles across Canada, Wendy is a founding member of the brass quintet “Five of a Kind”, and has played Solo Cornet with the Mill Creek Colliery Brass Band. She is the founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Festival City Winds Music Society which is now in its 25th season.

Wendy currently teaches trumpet and is Director of Bands at Concordia University of Edmonton, and teaches at The King’s University when needed. She has adjudicated festivals at local, regional, and national levels in 8 provinces to date.  Ms. Grasdahl holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History from the University of Alberta, a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Calgary, and a graduate level Fine Arts Diploma in Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Conducting and Literature from the University of Calgary.