Dr. Randal C. Dickerson, Director
Dr. Dickerson is Professor of Music at UW-Eau Claire, where he teaches courses in instrumental music education, marching band procedures, supervises student teachers, and directs the University Band, Blugold Marching Band, and Blugold Varsity Band. In his 19 years at UW-Eau Claire the Blugold Marching Band has been transformed from a 60-member ensemble that performed only on campus into a highly active 400+ member marching band that travels and performs around the world.
A prolific arranger of marching band music, Dickerson maintains a busy travel schedule of adjudication and clinics in the U.S. and overseas. His arrangements are played by colleges and high schools around the country. He is an active consultant for high school band and orchestra educational travel and has guided countless educational groups on international experiences. Each year Dr. Dickerson conducts a number of clinics with bands and orchestras as a part of international cruise festivals, primarily in the Caribbean and in Europe. A firm believer in the value of an international component in education Dickerson’s own travels have taken him to 78 countries. Since 2008 Dr. Dickerson has organized, guided, and conducted the BMB in six International Performance Tours to 12 countries on three continents. The seventh tour to Australia and New Zealand will take place in January 2020.
Before coming to UW-Eau Claire Dr. Dickerson was Asst Dean for Academic Affairs and Asst Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his seven years as a high school band director in Mississippi and Washington state his ensembles were consistently rated superior and amassed awards from many festivals in the US and Canada. He holds the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from the University of Illinois and both M.M.E. and B.M.E. from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Jeffery Crowell, Drum Line Instructor
Dr. Jeffery Crowell is a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he teaches applied percussion and percussion techniques, conducts the UW-Eau Claire Percussion Ensembles, and leads Jazz Ensemble III, part of the outstanding UW-Eau Claire award-winning jazz area. Before joining the faculty at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Crowell taught on the faculties of several colleges, including Purdue University.
Dr. Crowell received his DMA in percussion performance (classical/contemporary) with minor fields in jazz performance and electro-acoustic media from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. He is active throughout the United States as a performer, clinician, adjudicator, and educator with performances internationally and nationally including South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
A versatile artist in many genres, Dr. Crowell's performance and recording credits include such artists as Bobby Shew, Louie Bellson, David Samuels, Henry Mancini, Joan Rivers, Lou Harrison, Kent Nagano, David Garibaldi, Buddy Baker, Glen Velez, Nebojsa Zivkovic, and John Bergamo. He has performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series, presented and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention several times, is in the motion picture "The Majestic" starring Jim Carrey, marched with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and has taught on the staffs of numerous award-winning groups including the Tournament of Roses Marching Honor Band.
Dr. Ward Miller, Music/Leadership Consultant
Dr. Miller has served as the Musical Arranger, Drill Writer, and Assistant Director of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in New York City since 2006. He was the director of the All-Star Band at the 100th annual Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C. He has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician and multiple concert honor bands throughout the United States. His marching band arrangements have been performed at competitions, including in Bands of America regionals, by high schools and colleges across the country. His arrangements have been performed at regular season and bowl games by the marching bands at Auburn University, The University of Hawaii, The University of Illinois, The University of Iowa, The University of Kentucky, The University of Louisville, The Ohio State University, and Youngstown State University. He has served as an adjudicator at marching and concert band assessment in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Mississippi.
From 2008 through 2013, Dr. Miller was the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Alabama, in Mobile. While at South Alabama, Dr. Miller founded to 230-member Jaguar Marching Band, overseeing all recruiting, teaching, and writing for the band. In addition, he directed the basketball pep bands. His teaching duties included Marching Band Techniques, Brass Methods, Trombone Quartet, Symphony Band (the second concert ensemble, auditioned and approximately 65% music majors), and undergraduate conducting. He also guest conducted the Wind Ensemble, the school’s top instrumental concert ensemble.
In 2014, Dr. Miller was appointed the Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, WI. Under his leadership, the hornline has placed in the top 12 and made finals for three consecutive years. The Blue Stars, a World Class corps, have placed in the top ten in multiple finals. He oversees the brass ensemble and staff, recruits for the horn line, and administers the Blue Stars brass audition camps throughout the country. In addition, he travels with the corps for a significant portion of their tour. In addition to his work with the Blue Stars, Dr. Miller also serves as the Brass Arranger and an instructional consultant for Minnesota Brass, a distinguished and storied all-age drum and bugle corps based in Minneapolis, MN.
Scottie Krueger, Drum Line Coordinator
Scottie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts. He spent four years marching in the Blugold Marching Band and one year as a manager. Scottie returned to the Blugold Marching Band and is now in his 7th year of being the Drum Line Coordinator. He enjoys the Blugold Marching Band’s atmosphere and energy, and that's why he keeps coming back. He considers the Blugold Marching Band to be his family, and even met his wife through the BMB.
Guy Dee, Announcer
Guy has been with the Blugold Marching Band since 2004. He started as a marching member at the age of 14, at a time when the band used to recruit local high school students to fill underpopulated sections -- something that's no longer a concern with over 400 members! After ten years on the field, Guy became the full-time Voice of the BMB, providing PA voiceover at every BMB performance since 2014. He also serves as a volunteer member of staff during band camp and performance weekends, assisting with equipment and logistics.
When not volunteering with the band, Guy lives in Madison, Wisconsin and works in the software industry as a corporate educator.
Ty Zastrow, Colorguard Instructor
Ty Zastrow, a Wisconsin native, will be returning for his fifth season with the Blugold Marching Band where he serves as the color guard director and choreographer.
He has worked with many marching band programs in the southern Wisconsin area including Oak Creek High School, Shadow Armada, and the UW Whitewater Marching Band. Since moving to Indiana, Ty has continued to share his passion for the marching arts with local high schools, most recently as the director of the Scholastic A winterguard at Fishers HS in 2017 and 2018.
Ty is a proud alumnus of Shadow Armada (2011), Blue Devils B (2011), The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2014), and The Pride of Cincinnati (2015-2016). He studied Business Management at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and he currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Commercial Lending Underwriter for Cox Automotive.