Director of Bands
Dr. Chris Chapman

chris_chapman_499x493Christopher 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.

Director of Athletics Bands
Olin Hannum

Headshot CloseupOlin Hannum, Director of Athletics Bands at Oregon State University, joined the program during its marquee 125th anniversary year as only the seventh director in the history of the OSU Marching Band. In this capacity he oversees and directs all aspects of the OSU athletics bands program including the OSUMB, Basketball Band, the Rhythm and Beavs Travel Band, and other campus athletics-related musical groups.

Before joining the faculty at Oregon State, Hannum held the Director of Athletics Bands position at the University of California, Davis. During his time there, the California Aggie Marching Band increased in membership to a record 322 participants. Under his direction, the ensemble was featured at its first National Football League games and developed a state-wide performance presence. In addition to leading the CAMB, he founded and directed the University Campus Band, a symphonic concert ensemble.

Hannum is a sought-after arranger for marching ensemble. His arrangements have been performed by competitive and non-competitive groups at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level, across the west coast but primarily in California. In addition, Hannum is an active composer, with works for Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and various solos + piano.

Prior to his appointment at UC Davis, Hannum was a graduate assistant with the Oregon State University athletic and symphonic band programs, and completed his MA at OSU in 2011. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in horn performance and has notably appeared with the Golden State Wind Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.




Interim Assistant Director of Athletics Bands
Danny Mitchell

Danny Mitchell - Headshot 2018 - croppedDanny Mitchell is the Interim Assistant Director of Athletics Bands at Oregon State University, assisting the director in all aspects of the program, including the OSUMB and Basketball Band.

Mitchell received both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Oregon State University. He was an active member in the OSUMB as trumpet squad and section leader during his undergraduate years. Additionally, he continued to assist the marching band as Graduate Teaching Assistant while pursuing graduate studies at Oregon State.

Mitchell is a prominent member, and District 11 President, of the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA), member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and alumni member of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Currently, Mitchell teaches middle school band, choir, and general music at Timber Ridge School in Albany. Also, he has a large trumpet studio that produces quality trumpet performance at the district and state levels. He continues to play the trumpet with several ensembles in the Mid-Willamette Valley, including Majestic Theater, Willamette Valley Symphony, Willamette Valley Concert Band, Corvallis Community Band, and Salem Philharmonia.

Percussion Coordinator
Justin Preece

Justin_Preece_headshot_2018Justin Preece is now in his fifth year of teaching and arranging for the marching percussion program at Oregon State University. Under his direction, the Oregon State Drumline has consistently grown in size, scope, and performance capability, helping the OSUMB bring new levels of entertainment to Beaver Nation.

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 of study at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music.

Additionally, Preece was a three-year member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, culminating with their first DCI World Championship in 1996. He also won the DCI Individual Timpani Championship in 1995 and the Drum Corps Midwest solo marimba competition in 1996.

As an educator, Preece has worked with numerous competitive marching band and percussion programs in Texas, and has since joined the staff of the Alan Keown Drum Camp here in Oregon. As a performer, he has enjoyed recent appearances with the Oregon Coast Music Festival, Newport Symphony Orchestra, Hilltop Big Band, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and the [email protected] Recital Series. He has also written works for solo and chamber percussion, with recent premieres of his music by the OSU Percussion Ensemble at the Northwest Percussion Festival.

Color Guard Instructor & Choreographer
Kristin Heckers

Kristin Heckers - Headshot 2018Kristin grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, where she studied dance, theater, and music. She is a former member of Everybody Winterguard (WGI World Class, Portland, Oregon), Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), the Royalettes Dance Team (Grants Pass, Oregon) and proudly, the OSUMB.

Assistant Drumline Instructor
Jade Hails

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Kevin Rooney

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Kevin recently graduated from Oregon State with a bachelor’s of science in music. His passion for music began with marching band. In his decade of marching experience, he’s marched as a part of the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and taught top performing high school marching ensembles in the Portland area. Kevin is continuing his music education through Oregon State’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Staff Assistant
Sage Gustafson

Staff Assistant
David Manela

Dave_Manela_Staff_Photo A former tenor saxophone player in the OSUMB, Dave is now an IT Consultant at the OSU Valley Library. Dave helps with many facets of the OSU Marching Band program including uniform distribution, game day operations, and directing.  Dave also serves as the Coordinator for Alumni Band Communications.

Staff Assistant
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 formerly taught middle school band and orchestra in the Corvallis school district.

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.