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Department of Bands/Wind Conducting Faculty

Rodney C. Dorsey
Director of the Wind Conducting Program

Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Professor of Music (Bands), joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty in 2018. He directs the world-renowned IU Wind Ensemble, teaches the MM and DM Wind Conducting majors, and teaches wind band literature.

Prior to his appointment at IU, Dr. Dorsey served as Director of Bands at the University of Oregon, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan, and Assistant Director of Bands at Northwestern University, where he was Director of the Wildcat Marching Band. Dr. Dorsey holds degrees from the Florida State University (where he was drum major of the Florida State Marching Band) and Northwestern University.

Dr. Dorsey is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and is a Board Member of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

David C. Woodley
Director of Athletic Bands

David C. Woodley, Professor of Music (Bands), was appointed to the School of Music faculty in 1993. His duties include directing the 300-member Marching Hundred and the 100-member Big Red Basketball Band. He also teaches Arranging, Wind Band Score Study, and Marching Band Techniques in the Jacobs School of Music.

Prior to his appointment at IU, Mr. Woodley served as Interim Assistant Director of Bands and Interim Director of the Hawkeye Marching Band at The University of Iowa in Iowa City and held a similar position at The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from The University of Iowa.

Mr. Woodley has been commissioned by over 200 high school and college bands, and has over 500 athletic band arrangements to his credit. Many of his arrangements have been custom-designed for competition-style bands who compete at the regional and national level. He also served as the founder and National Co-Chairman of the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Advisory Council. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Big 10 Athletic Band Director’s Association.

Mr. Woodley received a “Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty” in the spring of 2000. Along with Brad McDavid from the University of Washington, he created the “Marching Band Director’s Video Tool Box” series for GIA Publications.

Eric M. Smedley
Associate Director of Athletic Bands

Dr. Eric M. Smedley serves as an Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Symphonic Band, teaches undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting, serves as associate director of the Marching Hundred and Big Red Basketball Band, and directs the IU Summer Music Clinic.

Dr. Smedley earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the Jacobs School of Music. He was a member of the Marching Hundred from 1993-1996, and served as an Associate Instructor with the Hundred from 2001-2002. Dr. Smedley previously served on the music faculties of Boise State University and Western Kentucky University, and as a public school music educator in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Santa Monica, Calif., and Kenosha, Wisc.

Jason H. Nam
Associate Director of Bands

Dr. Jason H. Nam, Assistant Professor of Music (Bands), joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty in 2015, where he directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental conducting, administration of school bands, and wind band repertoire. He also serves as the faculty sponsor for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the honorary band fraternity and sorority.

Dr. Nam earned a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the Jacobs School, where he studied with Stephen W. Pratt. He also earned an M.M. in Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where he studied with Eddie R. Smith. Prior to his graduate degree work, he served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University San Bernardino, and as director of bands at La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. More recently, he has served as a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic. In addition, Nam serves as Resident Music Director for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (SIWE)—a selective, Bloomington-based community wind band that strives to perform only the finest contemporary and classic works of the wind band repertoire.

Dr. Nam keeps a busy schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the United States. As a trumpet player, he has freelanced and performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles in the southern and central coast regions of California, including with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, he was recently honored to be named a national finalist for The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble division) in 2017.

His research interests include the music of William Bolcom, the historical development of the wind band repertoire in the twentieth century, as well as effective rehearsal methodologies for conductors. His paper “The Mid-Twentieth Century Renaissance and the American Symphony for Band” was published in the winter 2014 edition of the Journal of the National Band Association. His band transcription of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Inventing Flight: A Suite for Orchestra of Thumbnail Portraits is available as a rental from E. B. Marks Music Company.
Dr. Nam holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Conductor’s Guild, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Indiana Music Education Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and also is a proud member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.

Associate Instructors/Staff

Benjamin Alaniz, DM candidate
Benjamin Alaniz is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Baylor University. Prior to Baylor, Mr. Alaniz was an assistant band director at the Sudler Flag awarded Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Suzanne Charney, MM candidate
Suzanne Charney is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Formerly, Suzanne was appointed the Director of Junior High Bands for the Coldspring Oakhurst Consolidated ISD in Coldspring Texas, where she served students by directing the Symphonic Band and Beginning Bands and co-directing the Concert Band, High School Band, Marching Band, and various student solos and ensembles.

Daniel Johnson, MM candidate
Daniel Johnson is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previously, Daniel was the Director of Bands at James Monroe High School of Virginia. At JM, Daniel led the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles, and taught courses in Music Theory, Music History, Piano, and Adaptive Music.

Jeffrey Osarczuk, DM candidate
Jeff Osarczuk is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He received a Bachelor of Music from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Redlands. He served as the director of instrumental and choral music at San Benancio Middle School where he conducted and taught the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Choir, classroom music, 4th and 5th grade instruments, as well as private students.

Ross Wilkerson, Graduate Staff
Ross Wilkerson was born and raised in central Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University in 2008. He has more than a decade of experience with the Marching Hundred as both a marcher and instructor. Ross was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle corps in 2005, and has taught with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and high school programs across the state. By day, he works a totally normal job with IU’s University Information Technology Services (please call 812-855-6789 for assistance).

Brookelyn Wood, RedStepper Staff
Brookelyn Wood started her dance training at a young age in Greenwood, Indiana at The Dance Refinery, where she learned many styles of dance but focused on jazz, hip-hop, and acro dance. Brookelyn also has a strong pom background through school and competitive cheerleading. After high school, she continued her dance career at Purdue University where she was a four-year member and captain of the Purdue Golduster Dance Team, a pom-jazz team that performs with the Purdue Band. During that time she traveled and performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, and two bowl games. After college, Brookelyn joined the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders, where she danced for four years and was captain for two of those years. With the Colts Cheerleaders, she traveled and performed in Honduras, Hong Kong, and London. Brookelyn has also coached two high-school varsity dance teams in the Indianapolis area and has choreographed for various high school and colleges around the state.

Jacob Kessler, Drum Major
Jacob is a horn player in the Hundred and is a music education major.

Ben Handel, Drumline Director/Arranger
Ben has been director and arranger for the IU Drumline since 2018, and assistant director since 2012. During his time, the drumline performed for enormous game-day crowds at Indiana University and for thousands more at national events such as The Pinstripe Bowl and The Foster Farms Bowl, BOA Grand Championships, and PASIC. Ben Handel has a long history as a performer and educator in a variety of musical settings.

As a performer, Ben has been featured on stages across the United States, Canada, and Japan. His credits include the original Broadway cast, national and Japanese tours of “Blast!”, Off-Broadway with “Drumstruck”, The Dallas Brass, Aimachi, and many other local and regional shows and bands. He was also a member of the front ensemble for both the Bluecoats (1997) and Blue Devils (1999) and the Marching Hundred tenor line (1998, 1999).

Benjamin Braude, Assistant Drumline Director
Benjamin, known by most as “Benjy,” hails from Cincinnati (OH) and currently lives in Bloomington where he teaches high school biology and chemistry. Benjy graduated from IU with a bachelor’s degree in biology as well as a master’s degree in secondary education. He performed with the IU Drumline for five years, and returns to work with the group as assistant director. In his marching career, Benjy is proud to have performed with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, Legacy Indoor, and Rhythm X. He works as a bass technician with high schools across the Cincinnati and Indianapolis areas, most recently teaching at Center Grove High School, Legacy, Legacy Open, Veritas, and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dan Leathers, Band Manager

Lisa Cary, Librarian

Elliott Fus, Librarian

Ben Mangonon, Librarian

Jacen Smith, Librarian

Alyssa McPherson, Head Athletic Trainer
Alyssa McPherson, MS, LAT, ATC, works as an athletic trainer with the IU Jacobs School of Music, Ballet Theater, Contemporary Dance, and Army ROTC. She is serving her third year as the AT with the Marching Hundred. Previously, she has worked with the Madison Scouts and The Cadets drum and bugle corps on multiple tours, and continues to serve as the chairperson of the Marching Music Health & Wellness Initiative. Alyssa also conducts research regarding injury in performing artists, and is pursuing her PhD in Human Performance / Motor Learning & Control through Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

Alyssa is assisted by Graduate Assistant trainers Jen Pohlman and Tori Richardson.

John Gilbert, Director of Public Relations
John Gilbert was named Director of Public Relations for the Marching Hundred in 2004. A former trombone player and Drum major with the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, John is in charge of group photography and all aspects of Hundred media.

Laura Peters, Webmaster
Laura Peters is founder and owner of Funnychord Creative and was a four-year member of the Marching Hundred from 2001-2004. She received her degree in Music & Arts Promotion from Indiana University and has produced award-winning designs for music and arts organizations since 2005. Email your Hundred website suggestions!