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dana-biggs
Director of Athletics Bands, Dr. Dana Biggs
Dana Biggs is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletics 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, Dr. Chris Chapman
Christopher Chapman is the Director of Bands at Oregon State University where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Chapman guides all aspects of the band program, and coordinates the wind band conducting area. Under his direction, the OSU bands have gained notoriety and praise from composers and audiences alike. The OSU Wind Ensemble has toured extensively and has been featured in performance sites from Carnegie Hall in New York to concert halls on the U.S. West Coast and 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. He is also 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 and Teaching Music through Performance by GIA Publications. Chapman’s wind band compositions and arrangements are receiving performances across the United States.

Dr. Chapman is currently the past-president of 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. He is also a member of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Oregon Band Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, and Oregon Music Educators Association. Additionally, Chapman serves as the music director of the Oregon Brass Society, a British-style brass band in Springfield, Oregon.

Brudvig
Director of Percussion Studies, Dr. Robert Brudvig
Bob 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.

Kristin Heckers
Kristin Heckers, Color Guard Instructor & Choreographer
Kristin begins her tenth year as Color Guard Instructor and choreographer for the OSUMB and the OSU Winter Guard. Kristin brings a wealth of experience, having performed in the OSU Color Guard, 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.
Justin Preece
Justin Preece, Percussion Coordinator
Justin Preece studied and worked as a percussionist and educator in Dallas, Texas for twenty years before moving to Oregon in 2010. He attended the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, earning both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance, with an additional undergraduate major in Music Education. He also spent a year at King's College London and the Royal Academy of Music. His primary teachers are past and present members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and Dallas Opera.

Justin was a three-year member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, culminating with their first DCI World Championship in 1996. He also won a DCI Individual timpani championship in 1995 and the Drum Corps Midwest solo marimba competition in 1996. Justin is fortunate to count Jeff Prosperie, Kirk Gay, J.J. Pipitone, and Lee Beddis amongst his marching percussion mentors.

As an educator, Justin has worked with numerous competitive marching band and percussion programs in the Dallas metropolitan area. As a performer, he has enjoyed recent appearances with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Newport Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Coast Music Festival, and Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.

Justin is thrilled to be working with the OSU Marching Band and looks forward to an exciting 2014-2015 season. He resides in Corvallis with his wife, Cindy, and son, Owen, avidly plays and coaches soccer, and – in a head-snapping feat of cognitive dissonance – also works at Oregon State University as a bioinformatics research assistant in the Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology. He’s still not sure how that happened, but science is pretty cool, too.

Kathleen Smith
Kathleen Smith, Assistant
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.

David Manela
David Manela, Assistant
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.



  David Schwarm, Drumline Instructor
David Schwarm received his B.A. in Music Education 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 three months in Chile in 2009, he began teaching the “Dam Line” in 2010. David has also kept himself busy teaching drumline for Roseburg High School while maintaining a private teaching studio of 15-30 percussion 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.
  Greg Smatlan, Drumline Instructor
Greg Smatlan is a graduate of Oregon State University, receiving his B.S. in Music Education in 2012. Smatlan was a part of the drumline during his entire education career at OSU, and has been a part of the instructional team for the drumline since 2012. When he is not coaching drumline at OSU or South Salem High School, Smatlan enjoys his time in Salem with his wife and their Boxer.