Jim – Trumpet
Year Joined: 1967


Jim is a retired 3M Engineer and manager.  Jim has been an active volunteer, musician and trumpet player his entire life and has played in or plays in the South Dakota Symphony, the 3M/EMSO beginning in 1967 with his wife Karen, various community bands, church ensembles, the Encore Wind Ensemble, and now EMSO. the Northwinds British Brass Band, the Bavarian Music Meisters, and the U of MN Alumni Band.   In college, he played in the U of M Concert Band Ensemble, participated in two Rose Bowls and was introduced to his wife Karen by Dr. Bencrischutto, the U of M Band Director for many years.   Karen and Jim played together for over 40 years before she retired from playing the trumpet in the 3M Orchestra, and four of their five children have played with the 3M/EMSO over the years in various performances.

Jim – French Horn
Year Joined: 1963


James Cheeseman was principal horn in the University of Wisconsin Concert Band for 4-years (even though he was a Chemical Engineering student earning a B.S. degree at the time) and has been playing in the 3M Club Symphony/EMSO since joining the orchestra in 1963. Jim is a retired 33-year 3M employee where he worked in Information Technology in the area of Applied Mathematics. He and his wife Mary Ellen do quite a bit of traveling visiting their daughter and four grandchildren in Barcelona, Spain and their son and granddaughter in Connecticut. Their daughter plays French horn in the Barcelona Symphony, and their son is a Ph.D. theoretical chemist in North Haven Connecticut.

John – French Horn
Year Joined: 2014

Computer Engineer

John is s a computer engineer with Target stores in downtown Minneapolis. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, and has played the horn since the age of 10. He won a concerto competition at Manhattan with his future wife (Karen, an accomplished oboist), playing Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante. John has played with various groups in the Twin Cities, and is the first hornist for Exultate, a Lutheran chamber orchestra and chorus. The horn teachers most influential to John were Clarence Mayer of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Martin Smith of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. John can occasionally be heard playing for services at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.

Tom – Trumpet

Information Technology

Tom has been playing trumpet and flugelhorn in various musical groups ever since he started playing in the 5th grade. While earning his B.S. degree in computer science, he played in the St. Cloud State University wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Currently, Tom is a member of the Bavarian Muskmeisters as well as two church choir ensembles. In the late 2009, he was sub for an EMSO concert and enjoyed it so much that he has been a member ever since. For his “day” job, tom has been working at 3M in the field of information technology for the past 25 years where, he has held various positions, He is happily married and has two beautiful children.

Mark – Trombone
Year Joined: 2005


Mark has been a member of the 3M Symphony Orchestra/EMSO since 2005 after subbing a couple of times and getting hooked. In his real life, he’s an Engineering Specialist and has been with 3M for over 31 years. Although his career is technical, music has always played a major part of his life. At Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, Mark received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physics with minors in Music and Mathematics. While at Gustavus, he played in the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Brass Choir, Trombone Choir, Chapel Brass, and Hoffalo Lake Brass Trio. He went on to receive an MSEE from the University of Minnesota and played in one of the jazz bands there.