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OSU Bands Staff

Director of Athletic Bands
Dr. Dana Biggs, bio

Director of Bands
Chris Chapman, bio

Percussion Instructor, Campus Band Director
Dr. Bob Brudvig, bio

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Robyn Chapman, bio

Staff Assistants
David Manela, bio
Kathleen Smith, bio

Color Guard Instructor
Kristin Heckersbio

Percussion Instructors
Dave Rodenkirch, bio
Dave Schwarm, bio
Greg Smatlan, bio

Graduate Assistants
J.J. Meyer, bio
Annie Pasquinelli, bio

Director of Athletics Bands, Dr. Dana Biggs
Dana Biggs is the associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Oregon State University in Corvallis. where he directs the 280-member Oregon State University Marching Band (OSUMB), serves as artistic conductor of the Wind Symphony, and teaches instrumental conducting and other classes within the music department. Dr. Biggs comes to Oregon from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he served as instructor and assistant director of bands for seven years. There, he served as the assistant director of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, the director of the Buff Basketball Band, conductor of the campus Concert Band, and maintained joint duties in the departments of conducting and music education. While in Colorado, Biggs was also the conductor and artistic director of the Boulder Concert Band, the city of Boulder’s community band, and was the founder and coordinator of the CU Summer Music Academy, a two-week summer program attended by hundreds of middle and high school students throughout the country.

Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, Biggs served as the acting associate director of bands in charge of directing the Wildcat Marching Band, the men’s and women’s Basketball Pep Bands, and conducting the Symphonic Band at the University of Kentucky while completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting. He received his Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky and his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

From 1998-2005, Biggs was assistant professor of music and director of bands at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. His duties there included directing the Marching Patriots and the men’s and women’s Basketball Pep Bands, conducting the Wind Ensemble, teaching music history, instrumental conducting, and applied trombone, tuba, and euphonium. Biggs also has several years of experience in the public schools of Kentucky, at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville, Kentucky, and Georgia, at Riverdale High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

An active member of the College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha, Biggs is also a past member of the Kentucky College Band Director’s Association for which he served as secretary and as chairman of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band. Additionally, he has served in the Kentucky Music Educators Association as the District 10 Festival Commissioner, and was twice named District 10 College Teacher of the Year. An active clinician, adjudicator, drill designer and guest conductor throughout the United States, Biggs has presented multiple clinics at the Kentucky and Colorado Music Educators Conferences. He is a co-author in "The Journal of Research in Music Education," vol. 57, no. 4.

Chris Chapman
Director of Bands, Chris Chapman
Dr. Christopher Chapman is the director of bands at Oregon State University, where he guides all aspects of the band program, coordinates the wind band conducting area, and conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Under his direction, OSU Bands has gained notoriety and praise from composers and audiences alike. Having toured extensively, the OSU Wind Ensemble has been featured in performance venues from Carnegie Hall in New York City to concert halls on the west coast of the United States, to Japan. The ensemble’s recent commercial recording, “The Five Changes,” was produced by Mark Records.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Chapman holds degrees in music from The Ohio State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Washington. He has appeared as a conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United States, and is a contributing author to “A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band,” a series of books on contemporary wind band composers for Meredith Music Publications, a subsidiary of the Hal Leonard Corporation, as well as to “Teaching Music through Performance” by GIA Publications. Chapman’s wind band compositions and arrangements are receiving performances across the United States.

Dr. Chapman is the immediate past president of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association and state representative of the National Band Association. He is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity where he has served as the co-governor of the Western District, and he is an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority. Other organizations include the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Oregon Band Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and Oregon Music Educators Association. Dr. Chapman also serves as the musical director of the Oregon Brass Society, a British-style brass band in Springfield, Oregon.

Percussion Instructor, Bob Brudvig
Bob Brudvig, Percussion Instructor Dr. Robert Brudvig is the director of percussion studies and associate professor of music at Oregon State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance from The University of Arizona. He also holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Music from Oregon State University.

An active performer, Brudvig has held professional engagements with the Tucson Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, Portland Opera, Arizona Opera, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Cascade Festival of Music and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He has performed throughout the United States, including at Carnegie Hall; as a solo performer, as a member of the Orkota Percussion Duo, and as a member of Starfire – a trio of two harps and percussion. Brudvig’s international performance engagements have included tours of Japan, China, and Germany. He has performed as percussion soloist with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, University of Arizona Orchestra, and the Portland State University Orchestra.

Brudvig is a member of the education and pedagogy committees of the Percussion Arts Society (PAS) and is secretary of the Oregon chapter. He is also a member of the Oregon Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME – formerly MENC.) In addition to his percussion duties at OSU, Brudvig teaches music theory, aural skills, applied lessons, percussion methods, The History of Rock and Roll, and conducts the OSU Campus Band.

Robin Chapman
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Robyn Chapman
Robyn works both on and off the field for the OSU Marching Band and helps conduct the Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands. Although this is her first year as Assistant Director, Chapman is no stranger to the OSU Bands, working in a number of capacities over the last few years. Away from the OSU campus, Chapman returns for her third year as a music teacher at Franklin School in Corvallis, Oregon. She completed a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies degree at Oregon State University in 2008, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant for the OSU Band program. She also holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2006, Chapman was the music specialist at the Lacomb School in Lebanon, Oregon. From 2002 to 2005, she worked as a music specialist at Totem Falls Elementary School in Snohomish, Washington. She began her career in Las Vegas, Nevada as the director of bands at O’Callaghan Middle School and Swainston Middle School. Her professional affiliations include the Music Educators National Conference, the Oregon Music Educators Association, Women Band Directors International and an honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. Chapman lives in Albany, Oregon with her husband Chris, and their daughter Cecilia.
Annie Pasquinelli
Annie Pasquinelli
Annie Pasquinelli is a graduate teaching assistant for the Oregon State University Marching Band. She received an Honors Bachelor of Arts in instrumental music education and international studies from Oregon State University in 2013. She has traveled extensively in pursuit of music, performing across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Italy, and Japan with various ensembles and as a guest artist. She considers herself half an oboist and half a saxophonist, but has also played trumpet with the OSUMB and was a section leader for the tenor saxophones for two years. She also volunteers with her skills wherever she can, having been involved in the pit orchestra for the Majestic Theater. Her other "instrument" is, of course, the baton, as she directed the student-run OSU Sax Choir's 2013 season, and conducted for both the Sax Choir and the Double Reed Ensemble. She is an alumni member of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
Kathleen Smith
J.J. Meyer
J.J. received his Bachelor of Arts in music education from Oregon State University and is a graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon.

While at Oregon State University, J.J. has played trombone in the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Oregon State University-Corvallis Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and Trombone Choir.

He is currently working towards his Master of Arts in Teaching at Oregon State University.

Kathleen Smith
Kathleen Smith
Kathleen received both her Bachelors and Master of Arts in Music Education from Oregon State University. She is a long time music instructor in the Willamette Valley and is currently Director of Bands at Seven Oak Middle School in Lebanon, OR.

Kathleen is an active member with the National Association for Music Education, Oregon Music Educators Association, Women Band Directors International and the American String Teachers Association. In addition, she is also a member of the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. Her primary instruments are trombone and cello, with the secondary as saxophone. Kathleen resides in Corvallis with her husband Michael.

Kristin Heckers
Kristin Heckers
Kristin begins her tenth year as Color Guard Instructor and choreographer for the OSUMB and the OSU Winter Guard.

Krisitn brings a wealth of experience, having performed in the OSU Color Guard and Winter Guard and various other guards: Grants Pass High School Dance Team, 1990-93
Everybody Winterguard, 1994-98
Taught Sprague High School, 1997-2000
Seattle Cascades Drum Corp, 1995
Pioneer Drum n Bugle Corps, 1996-97.

Dave Rodenkirch
Dave Rodenkirch
Dave started working with the Oregon State Drumline in 2010, and is thrilled to be back for another season. David Rodenkirch has been the principal marching percussion arranger and writer for the University of Arizona since 1996, and served as the Director of Marching Percussion from 1996 to 2007. He has been teaching percussion to high school and college students for over 25 years, including his involvement on the percussion staff of the Sunset Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and serving as Marching Percussion Director and Head Arranger for the Copper Bowl and Insight.com Bowl All-Star Bands. He has also served as a clinician and percussion judge for a variety of festivals and events since 1986. David also had the privilege of contributing to the Marching Percussion chapter of Gary Cook’s Third Edition of Teaching Percussion.

As a freelance musician, David has played in a variety of bands and performing groups, ranging from percussion ensembles to Caribbean, rock, country, jazz, swing, Dixieland and reggae bands. He has also enjoyed playing percussion, drum set and Zendrum in many musical theatre productions in Arizona and Long Island, NY.

David studied at the University of Oslo and the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Music, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology. He currently lives in the Portland area with his wife and four children.

David Schwarm
David Schwarm received his bachelors of music from Oregon State in 2010. As a student he received multiple awards and scholarships and distinguished himself as a leader among his peers. After a season as Drumline section leader in 2008 and 3 months in Chile in 2009, he began teaching the “Dam line” in 2010. Although small and timid at first, the section has grown in size and popularity year after year into an anticipated and expected aspect of OSU football games.

Since graduation David has kept himself busy teaching Drumline for Roseburg High School for 4 years while maintaining a private lessons studio of 15-30 students. In addition to private teaching he also teaches Elementary music in Roseburg. In his free time he enjoys riding his bike, gigging and spending time with his wife Courtney and his cat Sabian.

David Manela
David Manela
A former Tenor Saxophone player in the OSUMB, Dave is now an IT Consultant at the Valley Library. Dave helps with many facets of the OSU Marching Band program including uniform distribution, game day operations, and directing.