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2008 Marching Band Staff

John Hendricks
Director of Bands

BM, MM - West Virginia University

John Hendricks is presently Director of Bands at WVU. Prior to this appointment, he served as WVU's Associate Director of Bands for twelve years, as well as Assistant Chair for the Division of Music. His present duties include conducting the University's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, as well as instructing undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. He also oversees all undergraduate academic advising for the Division of Music. Prior to his appointments at WVU, Mr. Hendricks was the Assistant Director of Bands at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Mr. Hendricks received his Masters Degree in Conducting and his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from WVU. He also served for five years as the band director at Spencer High School in Spencer, WV.

Besides his current teaching duties, Mr. Hendricks is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the eastern United States. He is a member of several professional music affiliations including the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu. He is presently serving as the President for the Big East Band Directors Association.

In 2003, Mr. Hendricks was selected as the "West Virginia Band Director of the Year" presented by the Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Hendricks is a highly sought after arranger for university and high school bands, as well as a coordinator for various events and conferences. He is also a past member, rank leader, section leader, field conductor, graduate assistant, assistant director, and director of the WVU Marching Band.


Dearl "Jay" Drury
Assistant Director of Bands

Marching Band Director
BM, MM - West Virginia University

Dearl "Jay" Drury is presently serving his third year as the Assistant Director of Bands at WVU, and as the eleventh director of the "Pride of West Virginia.??? Mr. Drury???s additional responsibilities at WVU include directing the Basketball Pep Band and serving as the assistant conductor of both the Wind Symphony and the Concert Band. He also teaches undergraduate conducting courses, advises music education students, coordinates ticketed events and concerts in the Division of Music, assists with student teacher observation, and assists with other music education courses.

Mr. Drury is presently pursuing a doctorate degree in applied conducting and he has served as the Jazz Ensemble Director at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV. He earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from WVU, and served as a high school and elementary band director in Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia.

He is active as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the region, has participated in research presentations at the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state music educators' conferences, and recently led a panel discussion at the National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Symposium. Mr. Drury is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the WVU Mountain Honorary, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Drury also has an extensive history with the WVU Marching Band, serving as a former member, trumpet section leader, graduate assistant and assistant director of the band.

2008 Instructional Staff

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Chris Nichter
Assistant to the
Matthew Smith
Graduate Assistant
Joel Hilbert
Percussion Coordinator
Brian Hanley
Percussion Instructor
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Adam Osmianski
Percussion Consultant
Paula Jo Stout
Auxillary Coordinator
Heath Mankey
Colorguard Coordinator
Lindsay Potter
Assistant Colorguard

2008 Support Staff

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Anita Lawson
Program Assistant
Ryan Boyd
Equipment Manager
Chris Southard
Web Site Manager/
Smokey Clay
Assistant Photographer
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Debbie Eakins
Kappa Kappa Psi
Tim Rhodes
Lauren Eakins
Asstant Videographer
Bill Nevin

Don Wilcox
Director of Bands Emeritus

BM - University of Michigan
MM - California State University - Long Beach

During his 34 year career as WVU's Director of Bands, Don Wilcox guided the growth and development of the University's band program to one of national prominence. During his tenure, the WVU bands performed from coast to coast, and on tours throughout Europe. When he was the marching band director, the Mountaineer Marching Band was named the 1997 Sudler Award recipient as the nation's premiere university marching band.

Mr. Wilcox is Past President of the American Bandmasters Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He has received WVU's Outstanding Teacher Award, the 1993 Golden Apple Outstanding Faculty Award, and special citations from four Governors for his contributions to the state of West Virginia. He is also the recipient of the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and the Distinguished Service To Music Medal from the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi. In 2008 he was inducted into WVU's Order of Vandalia, the University's highest honor for extraordinary service to the institution.

In half a century of working with musicians of all ages and abilities, Mr. Wilcox has conducted bands from one-room schools in rural Appalachia to several of the major concert halls in the world, as well as in all 50 states and 21 foreign countries. He has served as guest conductor or lecturer at more than sixty universities in America, Europe, Japan, Thailand, and China. Although retired as Professor Emeritus from WVU, Mr. Wilcox maintains an active international schedule as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator with major commitments this summer in Australia and this fall in Japan for the fifth time.