Further allegations have surfaced against David Henzie-Skogen.
Photo: Members of Mama Digdown’s brass band pose for a photo during a trip to New Orleans in early 2020. David Henzie-Skogen crouches on the left of the first row with a snare drum. Photo courtesy of Mama Digdown’s marching band.
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Bandmates and staff members of drummer David Henzie-Skogen have publicly split from the Madison-based musician and his Layered Music label after allegations were made that Henzie-Skogen exploited teenage students on a drum corps program in Oregon. Emily Hamer of the Wisconsin State Journal first covered the allegations last week, reporting Tuesday evening that the Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps drum corps program now knows of at least 10 women with whom Henzie-Skogen had inappropriate relationships when she was they were students.
Plus, Tone Madison heard from more people who got in touch. I’m working on a follow-up report and anyone familiar with the situation can contact me confidentially at [email protected]
Henzie-Skogen co-founded the internationally touring Youngblood Brass Band in the late 1990s and co-founded the instrumental rock band Cougar in the early 2000s. Youngblood Brass Band trombonist Joseph Goltz sent this statement to Tone Madison on behalf of his bandmates:
“Given the disturbing allegations against David Henzie-Skogen, all current members of the Youngblood Brass Band agree that we will no longer work under his leadership or with his Layered Music label. We don’t know what” this means for our future as a band and as individual musicians, and we are absolutely disappointed. But our pain is nothing compared to that of the victims who come forward. We thank them for their courage and we will hold Dave accountable. “
The New Orleans-style jazz band Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, who belonged to Henzie-Skogen and posted the music on Layered, announced on their social media accounts on Tuesday and Wednesday that they had broken up with Henzie-Skogen and the. Will Separate Label: “We are deeply concerned and saddened by the stories we read in the Wisconsin State Journal. Our hearts are with the women who share their stories about Dave for years we feel betrayed. We are unanimous in our decision to break with him and with Layered Music, and we will no longer hire him for gigs. Dave has some significant personal work to do to move forward with integrity and we have an obligation to hold him accountable. “