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.