He'll be associate director of bands at Brainerd High School.

In a letter he posted at the Crookston School District music website, crookstonmusic.org., Christopher Brandt, who's resigned as band director to become associate director of bands at Brainerd High School, states that the decision to leave Crookston was a difficult one for him and his wife, Anna.

Brandt, who'd been band director in Crookston for the past two years, wrote that he's enjoyed the relationships he's developed with student musicians and their families, and he's "extremely proud" of the progress local music students have made over the past two years.

"There were certainly bumps and trials along the way, but for those that bought into the program and gave it their all, you have accomplished something special," Brandt wrote.

The search for his successor will commence immediately.

Read Brandt's entire letter at crookstonmusic.org.