2016 The 9th Mutual group
Oregon State University Wind Ensemble
Conducted by Dr. Christopher Chapman, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble is a 42-member ensemble that features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players on campus. Focusing on the exploration of new literature and performing the masterworks of the wind band ensemble genre, the group's latest commissions and consortium partnerships include works by award winning composers Gregory Youtz, Kevin Walczyk, James Mobberly, Dan Welcher, Matt Harris, and Billy Childs. Recent concerts have included numerous pieces of original music for wind ensemble by the aforementioned as well as other prominent wind band ensemble composers. The OSU Wind Ensemble’s reputation of excellence extends well beyond campus, having recently been featured at the Oregon Music Educators Conference and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The wind ensemble has performed at the College Band Directors National Association Divisional Conference, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and was honored guests on the Kyushu Island of Japan for a 10-day concert tour. The Wind Ensemble’s has two commercial recordings through Mark Records in New York, which has drawn wide acclaim from audience members and composers alike, and was Grammy considered.
Conductor Dr. Christopher Chapman
Dr. Christopher Chapman is the Director of Bands for the Oregon State University Department of Music, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Dr. Chapman guides all aspects of the program, and coordinates the wind band conducting area. Under his direction, the OSU Band Program has gained notoriety and praise from composers and audiences alike. Having toured extensively, the OSU Wind Ensemble has been featured in performance sites from Carnegie Hall in New York City to concert halls on the west coast of the United States as well as Japan. Their commercial recording projects, The Five Changes, and Currents, 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. Dr. Chapman has appeared as a conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United States. He has also been a contributing author in 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. Dr. Chapman’s wind band compositions and arrangements are receiving performances across the United States.
In 2015, Dr. Chapman was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He is currently the Northwest Division Past-president of the College Band Directors National Association and Northwest Divisional Chair of the National Band Association. An inductee into the Phi Beta Mu honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, he is also an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity where he has served as the Co-Governor of the Western District, and an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority. Other organizations include the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Oregon Band Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, and Oregon Music Educators Association. Dr. Chapman also serves as the Musical Director of the Oregon Brass Society, a British-style brass band in Springfield, Oregon and the Portland Wind Symphony, a professional adult band in Portland, Oregon.
Associate Conductor Dana Biggs
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.
Instrumental Instructor Dr. Jason B. Gossett
Dr. 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.