Staff

Faculty

Director of Bands
Dr. Erik Leung

Dr. Erik LeungDr. Erik Leung guides all aspects of the Oregon State University band program, including directing the internationally recognized OSU Wind Ensemble and coordinating the music program’s wind conducting area.

Leung is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with conductor Mallory Thompson. He also holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of Toronto and undergraduate degrees in music and secondary education from the University of Calgary.

In his prior appointment at Fresno Pacific University, Leung directed the symphonic winds, chamber winds and brass ensemble, and taught undergraduate and graduate level conducting. Under his direction, the symphonic band was featured in performances at the Western International Band Clinic, the Percy Grainger Wind Festival and at the College Band Directors National Association small band program showcase.

In recent years Leung has given presentations at wind band conferences around the world, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago); the College Band Directors National Association (Kansas City, Kansas); the Western International Band Clinic (Seattle); and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (Utrecht, Netherlands).

His recent publications include several articles for Canadian Winds: The Journal of the Canadian Band Association. He also served editor for an edition of Jan Meyerowitz’s “Three Comments on War for Concert Band” published by the E.B. Marks Music Company in New York.

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 & 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.

 

Staff

 

Director of Operations – OSU Athletics Bands
Amanda Studer

Amanda Studer manages all aspects of program operations, logistics, booking, purchasing, and facilities coordination. In addition to her significant experience in event management, planning and operations, Studer holds a music degree and brings a tremendous amount of program knowledge and understanding to the OSUMB, having been a three-year drum major for the Spirit and Sound.

Percussion Coordinator
Justin Preece

Justin_Preece_headshot_2018Justin Preece is now in his sixth year of teaching and arranging for the marching percussion program at Oregon State University. Under his direction, the Oregon State Drumline has 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 degree in Music Education. Preece also spent a year of study at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music. As a student, he performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago), the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (San Antonio), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Anaheim).

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 recorded with the Dallas Winds, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Imperial Brass, and numerous other chamber groups and theatres, and 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. Preece has also written on the topic of marching percussion for The Instrumentalist (Sept 2017) and composes 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.

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.