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Speaker Profile - Tasha Christensen


Region: Rocky Mountain (Colorado/Wyoming)
Age Levels: 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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Tasha Christensen believes the best love stories are found in the geekiest places. When not composing tuba closet make-out scenes, she enjoys guest speaking at schools, getting way too competitive about board games, and exploring the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Tasha lives with her husband, daughters, and an overly affectionate mutt named after her favorite Stranger Things character.

Christensen’s Itaska High series chronicles the romantic shenanigans of a high school marching band in Minnesota. The first in the series, AS YOU WERE, features a drum major competing against her theater star ex for a prize that would save her beloved band program. It comes out August 2021.

Presentation Description:
“Your Strength is in Your Difference” is a ten-minute talk that uses the metaphor of different instruments in a concert band to show how each person brings unique value to their school and the world. What some might see as a flaw - the finicky reeds of the oboe or the unwieldy slide of a trombone - are what actually make that instrument shine in the right circumstance. I keep the audience involved with interactive sections and playful humor, and students will leave with new insights into the importance of diversity and being true to yourself.