Carl Meincke

Joined EMSO in 2016

Instrument: Edwards bass trombone

He is a retired music educator

He grew up in Green Bay, WI and currently resides in Hudson, WI


Jake Dalbec

Joined EMSO in 2012

He plays every possible percussion instrument

He works as a geologist and project manager for an environmental consulting firm

He grew up in Silver Lake, MN but currently lives in Maple Grove, MN

He enjoys fishing, golfing, hiking, soccer and skiing


Kyle Bryson

Joined EMSO in the winter of 2017.

He plays a Zildjian cymbals along with many other percussion instruments

He currently works in Product development at 3M

He grew up in Pennsylvania, and now resides in St. Paul, MN

His favorite hobby is jazz music


Dwight Erickson – Horn

French Horn – Double King Horn

Joined EMSO: 1979

EMSO Treasurer

I grew up in Jordan, MN and played French horn and mellophone in marching and concert band there as well as concert band at Hamline University. After obtaining a BA degree in chemistry at Hamline and graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, I joined 3M as a materials scientist working in ceramic research. Wanting to maintain my musical interest, I was encouraged to attend a rehearsal of the 3M Orchestra, which eventually became the East Metro Symphony Orchestra, having never played in an orchestra (and with string instruments!) before. The rest is history. In addition to my activities with the orchestra, I serve on the Board of Directors of the Evergreen Community Association as well as volunteer in various student educational activities at Hamline University. I am a biking enthusiast, cross-country skier and enjoy summer yard work. I live with my wife and daughter(another aspiring French horn and mellophone player) in Woodbury.

John – French Horn

Year joined EMSO: 2014

John grew up in Pennsylvania. Currently, he lives in Lindstrom, a beautiful city north of Stillwater. John’s hobbies include a strong appreciation for music, listening to it, and playing it (obviously).

John is employed as a lead software engineer. 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.

He enjoys music, geneology, and farming.  Currently he plays a Paxman descant and GeyerWrap French horn.


Carol Hendrickson – French Horn

Plays on: Paxman Horn

Joined EMSO: 2011

Currently retired, Carol previously had been an Electronics Sales Rep.

She currently lives in Woodbury, MN. but grew up in Cloquet MN

Carol’s hobbies include tennis, pop tennis, golf, hiking and pickleball!


Dwight Erickson

French Horn – Double King Horn

Joined EMSO: 1979

EMSO Treasurer

Dwight grew up in Jordan, MN and currently resides in Woodbury, MN – close to 3M headquarters where he currently works as a materials scientist. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys biking and gardening.

Jim McCarville – Trumpet
Year Joined: 1967


Instrument: Bach Stradivarius trumpet, Mt Vernon 1954

I joined the 3M Symphony Orchestra in early 1967, along with my wife Karen, when I joined 3M and we were the trumpet section along with several others until we moved with 3M to Brookings SD in 1975. When we first joined the 3M Orchestra, it was only one of two amateur Symphony Orchestras in the Twin Cities – now there are over 20. It’s great to play in a good orchestra where we can play a variety of classical and pops music over time. We returned to St. Paul and 3M Orchestra in 1990.

Over the years four of our children have joined the orchestra playing violin (Erin) and trombone (Kevin) and singing in several chorus pieces, and our daughter, Erin, sang a Mozart Solo several years ago with us.

I grew up in Ortonville MN and now live in Lindstrom MN, only a few miles from where my wife grew up in WI. I graduated from the U of MN in Chemical Engineering, and also received an MBA.I played in the Marching Band in two Rose Bowls, and the Concert Band Ensemble. I worked for 3M in new product development, manufacturing engineering, consulting, manufacturing engineering management and in IT on manufacturing information systems until I retired in 2001.

Karen and I have really enjoyed retirement where we can indulge in our musical interests to our heart’s content. After retiring in 2001 I got very active in community and volunteer activities for many years (I received the 3M Retiree Volunteer of the Year award in 2009),  and I now play in EMSO, sub on Trumpet and Fluegelhorn in a German Band, play cornet in the Northwinds English Brass Band, and the U of M Alumni Band, along with several other small ensembles. Karen and I also sing in Barbershop Choruses and Karen arranges folk songs for Barbershop Quartets. We are also trying to travel as much as we can , and we enjoy many other activities with family members such as reading, genealogy, and golf.



Jim Cheeseman – 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.