Eric Laska

Eric first rehearsed with the band at the April 19, 2016, sit-in night.


Eric played a solo on Woodchopper's Ball at the September 17, 2017, St Michael's BBQ.

Role in Roseville Big Band: 

Electric bass

Member since: 

September 2017


Computer programmer

Eric first performed with the Roseville Big Band at the St. Michael's BBQ concert, September 17, 2017.

Eric also sings bass in the Exultate Chamber Choir and sings with the River City Singers in the summer.

Eric started piano lessons in kindergarten, then switched to the oboe in 5th grade band. He played oboe for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Philharmonic the two years of 2007-2009, and the 2008-09 All-State Orchestra under Manny Laureano. His oboe-playing honors included a best-of site award at the Minnesota Solo & Ensemble contest and playing with the CHS (Chaska High School) Wind Ensemble when they earned best-of-site honors at the 2008-09 Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) large group contest.

You might have spotted Eric playing oboe/English horn in the pit orchestra for the Chaska Valley Family Theater production of My Fair Lady (February 2016).

He has also performed with the Golden Valley Orchestra and the St. Anthony Civic Orchestra (directed by Carol Jensen) and plays oboe in the Minnesota Valley Community Band and the Minnesota State Band.

Eric learned the electric bass in middle school jazz band after playing the part on a keyboard. At the end of high school he learned to play upright bass.

You might remember seeing Eric doubling electric bass and oboe in pit orchestra for the Chaska High School musicals The Pajama Game and West Side Story.

University of Minnesota at Morris (UMM) alumnae might remember Eric for his musical activites on campus, while he earned his BAs in mathematics and computer science with a minor in physics in 2013 --- singing 2nd tenor in University Choir and bass in the Concert Choir, playing oboe in the Symphonic Winds and chamber ensemble (octet/dectet), playing electric and upright bass in Jazz, and upright bass in String Orchestra. While a student at UMM, Eric played oboe with the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band the four winters of 2009-2012 at the Minnesota Music Educators Association midwinter clinics.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022.

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