Tim Salter

1. Name: Tim Salter

2. Age:...(optional) Old ! Lol! Old Dude’s Rock! I consider myself an old guitar with new


3. Hometown: Born in a Chicago Suburb. Have lived in Fort Dodge most of my life.

4. Artistic Medium: Contemporary Country, Rock, Alternative, Funk. Seems like have played

just about all of it over the past 40+ years of performing.

5. Did you grow up in a musical household? How did you first become interested in music?

Not really a musical family per se but a very athletic family. I played football, basketball and

baseball all thru school. Also, I played in my first bands all thru junior high and high school as


6. Tell us about your musical journey from high school to today. 

Actually played my first paying gig at age 14 and was in a number of bands in junior high school

playing for talent shows, house parties etc…Breaking in to high school, I played in a high school

band called “Legacy" thru out my high school days along with four fellow classmates. We

played high school dances and some college events all over Iowa. In 1981, the year we graduated

from high school, our band Legacy won the annual Iowa Battle of The Bands held at Iowa State

University at the time. The event was pretty big back then and was sponsored and judged by

KGGO rock radio out of Des Moines. There were over 20 bands competing from all over the

state and a few from out of state in front of a huge crowd. What a thrill for we were the youngest

band to ever win the event. It was and still is a great honor to share with my fellow classmates

and bandmates. Bill Saxton, Steve Donahoe, Jeff Abrams, Tony Bald and Marshall Dodge.

7. What groups are you currently performing in?

SaltyView is celebrating a 20 year anniversary in 2022. SaltyView is an acoustic based newer

contemporary country cover band that also ventures in to classic rock, funk, you name it. I am so

blessed to have played with an incredible roster of talent in this band over the past 20 years, most

of whom have provided long term support to the band. All incredibly talented musicians and

singers. We are blessed to play many higher end clubs, lake resorts, casinos, corporate

functions. SaltyView has opened for many national acts such as Granger Smith, John Michael

Montgomery, Mitchell Tenpenny and most recently opening for Bailey Zimmerman this past

summer, who has since exploded in to the newer country scene. Our current members include

incredibly talented singers in Alyssa Albee and Jared Benson. 

Also, currently in power rock band called Section 7. This band is an entirely different animal in

terms of genre from SaltyView. This band plays power party rock that leans to a bit heavier side

but a fun mixture of 80’s, 90’s classic and power rock. It’s a pretty high energy production and a

family affair consisting of my brother in law Lance Rossow on Bass and Harmony Vocals and

nephew Jake Rossow on drums and lead vocals. 

8. What do you most enjoy about gigging?

For me personally, I enjoy the production of a pro live show in terms of both audio and visual

presentation. The challenge of creating a professional show. In all of my ventures, I certainly

strive to create a small concert like atmosphere within small to medium sized clubs. This

approach certainly requires more time and investment, but I believe in the concept of a show. I

also have years of "Front Of House" experience and worked with Saucy Jack for nearly 15 years,

as well as several other bands in the past providing sound engineering and production

consulting. Learned so much from one of my mentors and great friend Andy Anderson on FOH

production and creating the best audio mix possible and continually investing in audio and visual

technology. I think it is well worth the additional time and investment and I certainly hope our

incredibly loyal followers that come see us think so as well. From a pro light show to vertical

hazers to fire flash pots and pyro on occasion, I think it is fun to create this kind of atmosphere in

smaller clubs if we can. In the late 80’s and mid 90’s there was a huge emphasis on building the show with the agencies we booked through. That was a bit different time but I recall some of the best advice from one of

our booking agents gave me, he encouraged us to never underestimate the impact of a pro show,

he always said that people “Hear what they See" often times and that has always stuck with me. 

This is certainly evidenced with the incredible concert productions of today as compared to 20

years ago, it is an unbelievable ramp up in production. Not suggesting my projects are anything

near concert level but we try our best to apply this to a cover bar band presentation. I also enjoy

the challenge of creating set lists that can bring people up, as well as bring them back down at

strategic points, then back up again. I believe people want to be entertained, not just played to. I

think all these things are challenging and I personally really enjoy the challenge, not to mention

having a lot of fun doing it. Playing live is also the very best way to hone you’re chops as they

say, to become a better player with an emphasis on consistent improvement from a live

performing aspect. It’s challenge enough to become a great player, it’s even more of a challenge

to improve as an entertainer. Needless to say, after 45 years, I’m still learning!

9. What is the biggest challenge for musicians these days?

I’m really encouraged to see a younger demographic that are starting to form bands. Whether

their goal is to create original music, record, or go on tour performing live, or a combination of

all of these things, we have been somewhat missing the next generation of kids starting as garage

bands and evolving. Kids getting off the Xbox and picking up a guitar or a bass or buying a drum

set. I hope this continues. The music business these days is so much different than it was 20-30 years ago. There are so many technological tools and social media dissemination assets available these days that in a

way I think it's a bit easier to carve your path. We have people with a lot of talent, but very little

experience that are acquiring major record deals in this day and age. The social media influence

has created a platform for discovering overnight sensations. From exploding on Tic Tok or You

Tube or any number of social media assets, there seems to be a much more efficient

and expeditious means of creating massive audiences. Those things just simply did not exist

when I was coming up through the channels. In addition, instructional tools to learn and video

assets to teach you. Social and mainstream media such as "The Voice" and "American Idol" has forever altered the traditional pathway from acquiring and building awareness. I think the most

significant challenge is to trying to retain your uniqueness in what you are striving for to become or accomplish. In a world filled with overwhelming pressure to be part of a cookie cutter

template, don’t be afraid to celebrate your own unique personality and style. 

10. Fort Dodge is filled with talent, what do you like about living in an artsy community?

You are right, I hope the people of this area truly appreciate the vast amount of talent in this

town and surrounding communities. What I like most is simply is the constant inspiration I take

from each and every one of them. I have been beyond blessed to play with an incredible array of

musicians who have crossed my path over the years. We have a very strong support and

camaraderie amongst our local musicians. It’s important in the evolution of a strong local music

scene. I’m very proud to be a part of this awesome community and to learn from each and every

one of them. 

11. What inspires you?

Love! Who you love and what you love and how important is to always have something to chase.

12. Give us an example or two of some crazy live show shenanigans. 

Omg, I could write a book on this. Lol. I have fallen off and on stages for 40 years it seems so

there are so many stories, most I probably should not share. I do recall back in the day a show in

Southern Iowa, Ottumwa I believe. The band had a converted 66 passenger school bus that we

used for both hauling a massive amount of gear, but also served as our lodging and dressing

room at the time. It was actually very nice with paneled walls fresh paint etc...We had some built

in sleeping bunks and a plush 70’s funky sectional sofa etc..I believe it was June or July of 85.

We decided to not spend the money on motel rooms on this multi night show venue and opted

for a camp ground not far from the club. It was brutal hot that time of the year and a few band

members opted to sleep on the roof of the bus for there was no AC! Well a torrential storm came

rolling through in the early morning hours and we all just braved the storm. I will never forget

the other campers were horrified when we rolled in! They didn’t know what to think! Lol. The

next day to cool off we all went to the theatre for it was air conditioned and recall watching

"Back To The Future "and stayed for both afternoon showings to get relief from the heat. Six

long haired rockers wandering around in jean shorts and army boots. What a site! Lol!

13. What's your favorite music to listen to while relaxing?

Brothers Osbourne seems to be my jam lately!

14. You meet someone who's interested in learning guitar....what advice do you have for them? 

Patience grasshopper! Lol! Don’t get in a hurry, enjoy the journey of learning. It will provide

you with a lifetime of solitude and enjoyment!

Jacci Hindt

1. Name: Jacci Hindt

2. 21, 16 times 

3. Hometown: Rockwell City 

4. Profession: Entrepreneur; Owner at Jacci Addison Studios (Photography, Videography, and Social Media Marketing Manager) and Owner of Addison James Boutique

5. In what ways were you exposed to the arts growing up? 

Growing up, I always found myself enjoying arts of different kinds and spending hours trying to draw, paint, and craft. I experimented with music, participated in band, dance and theatre; but it wasn't until I was a little bit older and was able to take a Photography class at school that I finally clicked with an Art. From that moment on, it grew right along with me and I'm not certain I ever put a camera down. 

6. Tell us about your education and professional experience up to this point.

After graduating high school, I took off to California to attend college for Dance and Performing Arts but quickly found myself back in Iowa attending Iowa Central. I graduated with my AA and went on to DMACC to receive a degree in Photography. I began Jacci Addison Studios back in 2008 and Addison James Boutique in 2014. The process of building these businesses and remaining focused on the skills needed to run them, have truly been my biggest educational tools. In addition to that, I spent 8 years as Adjunct Instructor at Iowa Central teaching a variety of classes to the Photography students and watching them go on to succeed. I truly love being able to share my successes and failures to help encourage others to live out their dreams. 

7. What challenges you? As an entrepreneur I think my biggest challenge is self-doubt. It's so easy to begin comparing your life, art, and success to everyone around you. The truth is, we never see what's actually happening on the other side and everyone's definition of success and their end results look different. 

8. What is the most rewarding part about your work? The most rewarding part of my work is hands down the people I get to work with. You get to meet so many really cool, genuine people who become friends. I also enjoy being able to make my schedule work to be present for my kids. 

9. How has your role as a photographer/entrepreneur changed over the years? When I first started out as an Entrepreneur, I was unsure of just about everything. I began as a hobbyist, grew to a second shooter, traveled the United States with After Dark and truly soaked in every single ounce of knowledge anyone would give me (I still do). As time has gone by, my roles have changed. I quickly transformed into an owner who wears a million hats with the coolest team beside me. When you always remember where you began, you truly start to see that anything is possible. 

10. What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business? My biggest piece of advice to someone wanting to start their own business is to remember that hearing "no" is okay. We are conditioned to see "no" as a bad thing but what it really means is something better is out there. It's so easy to devalue yourself and your art in fear of someone saying no. Someone else who values your art will see your worth. You will have your highs and you will have your lows, but entrepreneurship is about how you get back up and keep fighting. 

11. You win 2 tickets to anywhere! Where do you choose to travel and who do you take with you? If I won 2 tickets anywhere, I would send two of my team members to the Maldives where I couldn't access them to give them work. In all seriousness, they are the reason I get to live my dream everyday and I am thankful beyond words that they believe in me and my vision! 

12. Who, or what, most inspires you? In what ways? Inspiration is what keeps me going every single day. I truly look around me each day and see people that inspire me; they might be people who have built incredible businesses, people who have overcome barriers built against them, people balancing the chaos of life, people meant to inspire others, and sometimes a simple quote I find on social media. In my personal life I am often inspired by my friends who are the best cheerleaders, the amazing Rochelle Green who always knows the right thing to say when I need encouragement; and my kids who make me strive to be the best version of me and always bring me back to my why. 


1. Name: William Griffel

2.Hometown: Carlinville, Illinois in South Central Illinois

3. Profession: Animal Nutritionist

4. Growing up, what artistic activities did you participate in? Growing up on a farm in Illinois there was not much opportunity to be involved in the arts other than at school/. During my high school years I did participate in chorus, stage plays and musicals. The plays and musicals came along in my junior and senior years.

5. Did you grow up in an art loving household? If so, how? My mother and father were not involved in the arts to my knowledge. They did not talk about such things done when they were younger. The farm took up all of our time and sports.

6. Tell us about your connection to the Ringland-Smeltzer family. I moved to Fort Dodge in 1983 to start working for a new company just west of Fort Dodge. I spent many months in town before my wife and son were able to join me. Needless to say I spent many evenings looking at houses in town for a new home for us. I must have looked at sixty plus houses, but the one that caught my eye was in the Oak Hill Historic district. What I didn’t know at the time was that it was just across the alley from the Ringland-Smeltzer house. When we moved in the first week of August 1983, we met all our neighbors but one.The Tarbox family and Eide family were on either side of us, but Miss Smeltzer didn’t come into our lives until about two weeks after moving in. I was cutting out bushes and little trees that had grown up near the alley. Miss Smeltzer came out and wanted to know why I was cutting everything down. I explained I was removing the overgrown bushes to make more room for our son to play, and that we were planning to replace the bushes with new ones. That Christmas, Miss Smeltzer sent me two bushes to make sure I kept to my plan. She became a friend to my family at that time. We were invited into her house at Halloween when my son went trick or treating at her door.. Miss Smeltzer was kind to us all as long as she lived. I have always felt proud of the relationship we had.

7. How did you become the caretaker to the Ringland-Smeltzer house? Miss Smeltzer died in February 1999. When her will was read, I learned she had named me her executer. I spent many hours over the next three years working with attorneys and the courts. It was during this time when I learned about all the good things Miss Smeltzer had done during her life to help people and the Arts in Fort Dodge. She contributed major pieces of art to the Blanden Art Gallery, which sits on the land where her great grandparents lived. She helped many people in Fort Dodge to further their education in the Arts. Most people did not and still do not know of her kindnesses to adults and children throughout her life. When her will was finally confirmed in the courts, a trust was formed to continue to carry out her good works and support of the arts and her other areas of interest. A board was established to represent nine areas in which Miss Smeltzer had always been interested. Board members come from the Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge Public Library, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge Community School District, Webster County Conservation Board, Webster County Extension Service, Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Fort Dodge Historic Foundation, and the Oak Hill Historic district. The nine organizations supply a member to serve a three year term on the Smeltzer board and the member can be reappointed for more terms. I represent the Oak Hill Historic District and have been on the board since it was established. I was elected the second president of the board and have served in that capacity ever since. My responsibility is to take care of the house and make it available to the public.

8. What areas of art and culture in Fort dodge do you most enjoy? I enjoy the symphony, Carl King Band and the Blanden Art Gallery the most. However, the Cabaret at the Smeltzer House put on by Stage Door Productions is always fun because of the age differences in the performers and the young lady who plays the piano. I seem to be out of town for work, or not have much time for the other venues.

9. How has the art and culture scene in Fort Dodge varied over the years? When I first came to live in Fort Dodge I did not follow the arts portion of the area, but more of the culture aspect. I place the Fort and the Frontier Parade as the cultural place and event that I most enjoyed. Over the last thirty nine years these two have gotten smaller, but have shown renewed life in the last several years. They are something that is Fort Dodge and I hope continues. Culture in Fort Dodge has had a great history over the years. In my way of thinking, for a town the size of Fort Dodge, we have more things to do than many larger towns. The two high schools, ICCC, the theater groups, the Blanden and the Fine Arts Association have given us more things to enjoy than you would ever expect in a town our size. The reason I think these groups thrive is that they are supported by everyone in town.

10. In what ways has your interest in the art been passed on to your kids? I have a son who enjoys music, but went for the DJ side of presenting music. He traveled all over the state and as far as Utah playing music. He enjoys art and now blows glass at his home in Des Moines. He is quite talented with glass and makes it look easy, something I could never do. He also likes events like art shows and fairs.

11. What is the mission and goal of the Ringland-Smeltzer Trust in our community? The mission of the trust is to create a cultural environmental center that exists to enhance/enrich the community through outreach and resources in the arts, music, literature, history, environmental conservation and stewardship and social justice. The trust’s vision is to develop and utilize the farmland to create income to support the trust’s mission. We want to provide a venue and resources for activities in music, the arts and literature. We also want to provide a model and resources for agricultural and environmental conservation, and also provide a model resource for historical facilities and preservation. However, the basic purpose of the trust is to provide benefits and resources to the community. When I look back over the last 21 years that the trust has been in place, I think we have helped in all areas we set out to have an impact on. As the trust continues in the years ahead I hope we can be as helpful in the community as we have been in these first years. I think Miss Smeltzer would like what the trust has done.



2. Age: 39

3. Hometown: Ipatinga / Minas Gerais / BRAZIL

4. Career/Profession: MUSICIAN (Drummer)

5. Welcome to Fort Dodge! What brings you to our community?

I am very happy to have been so well received in this beautiful city. I came to study. I got a scholarship to Iowa Central Community College where I will study music. And I'm really very happy.

6. Did you grow up in a musical home?

Yes, my mother is a guitarist. A samba and choro guitarist. Since I was 3 years old, she used to put the guitar on my lap while listening to the classics of choro and samba. My sisters are also musicians!

7. Tell us about your favorite musical experiences as a child.

My best memories as a child are me and my family together in church worship. Since I was 8 years old I participated in our church's worship group at the time, and I loved doing it with my family.

8. We'd love to hear about your musical journey as an adult. University experiences - for fresh out of college and in the real world!

I've always worked with several bands and singers from Brazil in addition to several free lances with styles and artists from Brazil.

I worked with several internationally renowned artists, traveling around Brazil and around the world doing my art, playing drums.

I left my mark on more than 80 albums throughout Brazil. I have always participated in several Workshops and Master Class of musicians from all over the world teaching Brazilian rhythm.

I founded the ISAC JAMBA Drummer Institute in Brazil, known throughout Brazil. The institute reached more than 60 enrolled students.

Stand out at the festival internationally as Odery and Mordem Drummer, and being a BDMG Young Musician winner competing with over 3000 drummers.

I participated with my hometown Ipatinga in several social projects throughout my professional career, in public schools, day care centers and with project partners.

And I am currently 100% sponsored (Endorce) by two Pearl brands and MEINL.

9. When did you know you wanted a career as a professional musician?

Since I was 5 years old I've had this idea in my head and I've never deviated from it. Thank God I had 100% support from my parents who gave me a professional drum kit at 5 years old.

10. What are you currently working on?

Currently I am 100% dedicated to my online classes. Together with my wife, Kellen, we created an online platform www.classes.isacjamba.com. With in the platform, the drummer has access to several stations from beginning to advanced. I also work as a freelancer in bands and church and recordings for great artists around the world.

11. Who inspires you and why?

My greatest inspiration is God. He teaches us all to be a person of respect and integrity.

12. What was the biggest challenge along the way to where you are today?

My biggest challenge was leaving Brazil. When I came to live here in the United States, I didn’t speak any English. I adapted to the culture. It was very challenging, but today I look back and see that this country is worth it and I would do it again!

13. What advice would you give to a young adult who is thinking about a music scene?

I tell all of my students, for you to become a recognized musician, you need to have hours of study on your instrument. If you go 1 week without touching your

instrument, or a student “forgets” their instrument, they can’t make up for that lost time. There's no secret, it's your dedication and daily study.

14. What was the highest point for you in your career?

I am very proud to answer this question. The highest point came this year. I’ve been given the opportunity to be sponsored here in the United States by two great Drummer brands “PEARL and “MEINL”

15. What else do you like that our readers know?

I'm Christian. I am married. I have experience in recordings of various styles. I have musical experience in all musical styles, live music I am highly professional. I've played with several names in Brazilian and international instrumental music, and my instagram is @isacjamba.

Name: Mark Gales

Hometown: Fort Dodge

Profession: Live Sound Engineer

Did you grow up in a musical household?

I grew up listening to music. No one really played instruments in our household but Mom and Dad always listened to country music. Back in the 70s, they followed a band around the band’s name was the Steve Bledsoe Band. I would tag along and I just loved listening to their music. I watched my Dad help them equalize their mix during their gigs and I loved it!

I also watched him during his time at ICCC when he was teaching broadcasting so I learned so many different aspects of the electrical part of engineering.

At what point did you take an interest in sound engineering?

When I was kid, I actually wanted to be a performer. I learned guitar and would put on my own shows in my mind and in our basement but, I was just way too shy. I couldn’t do it. I tried to play Christmas songs for our family during the holidays but I just froze . So, I learned I’m most comfortable behind the board.

What are some of your most memorable moments during a gig?

Around 1995, I was at the Laramar Ballroom when the Ski Band was opening for Fog Hat. Ed Wilson was running sound for the Ski Band. I watched him like a hawk. He taught me about the balance of a show. Making sure the vocals are always at the forefront and adjusting the bass and treble as needed. I knew in that moment, on that night, that this is what I wanted to do.

I was also fortunate to work with Andy Anderson from 1998 – 2021. He helped me learn more about multiple monitor mixes.

What is the most challenging thing to happen during a gig?

The first national act that I ever ran monitors for was Blue Oyster Cult. To say I was scared doesn’t even describe it. Before the band arrived, we had spent some time getting everything dialed in. I was in control of their monitors and made some adjustments throughout and the show went off without a hitch. After I survived this show, I knew that I could make it through any gig.

What type of show is your favorite to work?

I really enjoy motorcycle rallies. It’s fun to work monitors for their events. Sometimes there are as many as 10 – 12 monitor mixes and I like the challenge.

What famous acts have you worked with?

Head East, Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Byrds, Spencer Davis Group, Rick Derringer, Delbert McClinton, Samantha Fish, and many many others.

What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in sound production over the years?

Going to digital with lighting and sound gear has been a game changer. Not only being compact but more energy efficient and just lighter weight.

You still going to be doing this in 25 years?

I will do it as long as my body allows!

What would you tell a student or young adult, interested in getting their feet wet in your career field?

First of all, you have to be passionate about doing this kind of work. You have to be able to take what you can get for work and try anything and everything. It never hurts to have a second job while you’re getting started. Start training your ear. Listen for instrumentation, listen for highs/lows, bass/treble and the various drum kit pieces just learn it all.