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.
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.
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.
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 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.