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.

Director of Athletic Bands

Mr. 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 style 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.

Assistant Marching Band Director
Dr. Jason Gossett

Jason_GossettDr. Jason B. Gossett is an instructor in instrumental music education at Oregon State University where he teaches instrumental methods for graduates and undergraduates, research methods for graduates, and supervises student teachers.  In addition to his deep commitment to music teacher education, he is the assistant director of the Oregon State University Marching Band and assists with basketball pep bands.  Dr.Gossett also oversees and conducts the Campus Band.

Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Gossett spent 10 years as a high school band director in Kentucky.  Bands under his direction consistently earned Distinguished ratings in both concert and marching performances.His marching bands consistently performed at high levels earning a spot in KMEA state finals.  He holds the Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters and Bachelors in Music Education from Murray State University.

An active researcher, Dr. Gossett presents research at regional, state, and national music conferences.  His research focuses on pedagogic values held by teachers and the role of these values in teachers’ educational decisions.  In addition, Dr. Gossett investigates band director practice through the lens of virtue ethics with an emphasis on how teaching music contributes to a teacher’s conception of the “good life”. Dr. Gossett is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the OregonMusic Educators Association (OMEA).  Additionally, he is the Oregon representative for SMTE.

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.

Percussion Coordinator
Justin Preece

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 Newport Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Coast Music Festival, and Chintimini Chamber Music Festival.

Color Guard Instructor & Choreographer
Kristin Heckers

Kristin, a highly experienced color guard and winterguard specialist, has been the lead instructor and choreographer for the OSUMB Color Guard since 2002. She teaches and consults for numerous competitive Oregon high school marching band programs and winterguards, and has also worked with the Summit Independent Wintergaurd (WGI) and the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps (DCI).

Kristin 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.

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 is currently teaching 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. Kathleen resides in Corvallis with her husband Michael.

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.