The Oldest Band in the Pac-12

Established in 1891, Oregon State University's band program is the oldest in the PAC-12. With more than 500 students participating, the OSU Bands are the largest program in the state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Students from OSU music programs filter into majors across the entire campus and enhance the complete college experience for so many students. Whether you are looking to be a professional performer, a music educator or to just continue to learn and play your instrument, there is an opportunity for you with OSU Bands.

Meet The Directors

Dr. Chris Chapman, OSU Director of BandsDr. 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. 

Olin Hannum, Director of Athletic Bands

Olin 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.

Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, Hannum was director of athletics bands 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 in California and throughout the west coast. In addition to writing for marching ensembles, Hannum is an active composer for wind ensembles, brass ensembles and chamber music for solo instruments and piano.

Prior to his appointment at UC Davis he was a graduate teaching assistant with the Oregon State University athletic and symphonic band programs, completing the master of arts in teaching at OSU in 2011. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from UC Davis. Performance credits include notable appearances with the Golden State Wind Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. 

Dr. 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 Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA). Additionally, he is the Oregon representative for SMTE.

Ryan BiesackRyan Biesack is a drummer, percussionist and educator who maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the jazz, rock and improvised music worlds. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Biesack has been an instructor of music and drum set at Oregon State University since 2009, where he teaches drum set, The History of Rock & Roll, Reggae History, and directs the OSU Jazz Ensemble.

Biesack has played professionally for over a decade, and has performed with Ron Miles, Hashem Assadullahi, Wayne Horvitz, Douglas Detrick, Ganesh Anandan, Konorak Reddy, Dylan Fowler, Halie Loren, Mile Denny and many others. In addition to being in demand locally as a performer and clinician, he has played and taught throughout the midwest, the west coast, New York City, India, South Korea and most recently in Nepal at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. Biesack works with ensembles ranging in scope from straight-ahead and swinging to cutting edge, modern, improvised and new music.Some of Biesack's most recent playing can be heard with NYC based saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi’s Sextet, whose latest Origin Records release, “Pieces," features dynamic original jazz compositions performed by a stellar line-up of musicians, featuring the unparalleled Ron Miles on trumpet. Ryan is also a Crescent Cymbals Artist as of 2013.

Three images of the OSU wind ensemble in performance.