Director of Athletic Bands, Associate Director of Bands
School of Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Dana Biggs is the associate director of bands and director of athletic 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.