Stephen P. Bolstad
Director of Bands
Stephen P. Bolstad has served as the Director of Bands and Professor of Wind Conducting at James Madison University since Fall 2007. In addition to overseeing the University’s comprehensive band program, his specific duties include conducting the JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, teaching courses in wind literature/conducting, and leading the Masters and Doctoral program in Wind Conducting. Under Dr. Bolstad’s direction the JMU band program has hosted a number of guest composer residencies and received accolades from composers David Maslanka, John Mackey, Don Freund, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Daniel McCarthy and Brian Balmages. Recently Dr. Bolstad has lead consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8, Puckett’s The Shadows of Sirius, and Anthony Plog’s Concerto 2010.
From 1994-2007, Dr. Bolstad was the Director of Bands at The University of Montana. Under his direction the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Northwest/Western Divisional Conference in 1996 and 2006, and the MENC Northwest Conference in 2001 (Spokane, WA) and 2005 (Bellevue, WA). In 2004 Dr. Bolstad was named the University of Montana School of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Awardee. Prior to Montana, Dr. Bolstad held similar positions in Alabama at both The University of Montevallo and Livingston University, and he was the Director of Bands at St. Marys Area High School in St. Marys, Pennsylvania.
Steve Bolstad holds the Doctor of Music Arts degree in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He has studied conducting with Jerry Junkin (Texas), Rodney Winther (Ithaca), and Stanley Michalski (Clarion).
Dr. Bolstad is very active as a guest conductor having conducted district, regional and all-state festivals throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, he has conducted bands at summer events such as MusiCamp Alberta and Red Lodge Music Festival. He also maintains a very active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Bolstad is a Past-President of the Montana Bandmasters Association and is currently the state president of the Virginia Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Bolstad is a member of VMEA, MENC, CBDNA and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
William G. Posey
William G. Posey received his Bachelor of Music Degree from James Madison University, where he served as drill instructor and drum major. Mr. Posey was a clinician for United Music Enterprises, teaching drill, music, drum majors, marching and maneuvering, and leadership classes all across the United States and Canada. He has also served as clinician for Bands of America in both the U.S. and Great Britain. While in England, Mr. Posey served as a marching instructor for one of the top British drum and bugle corps.
Mr. Posey is currently Assistant Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, directs the University Band, and is Director of the Concert and Support Services for the School of Music. He actively participates as an adjudicator for both marching and concert band festivals. Mr. Posey is a member of the VA Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the North American Brass Band Association. Mr. Posey serves as Director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band, and he performs as a member of the Massanutten Brass Band and Just Jazzin’.
Chad R. Reep
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Chad R. Reep is currently in his second year as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at James Madison University, where he assists with all aspects of the Marching Royal Dukes, directs the JMU Pep Band, and co-directs the JMU Concert Band. Mr. Reep recently earned his Masters of Music in Wind Conducting at James Madison University, where he was a Graduate Assistant for the band program. Prior to his time at JMU, Mr. Reep earned his Bachelor of Music Education at The University of Montana-Missoula, located in his hometown of Missoula, and immediately became the Director of Bands at Big Sky High School in the same city. During his two and a half years at BSHS, Mr. Reep’s four concert bands and jazz band received superior ratings at district and state festivals. In 2008, Mr. Reep combined his two top bands for a trip to the New York Wind Band Festival where they would perform in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Reep commissioned a brand new work for the event, Dynamism for a Speeding Horse by up-and-coming composer Christopher Stark. They were one of only two bands to receive a Gold Rating.
Mr. Reep is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma. In addition, he is a member of the Virginia Music Education Association, Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association, Collegiate Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.
Scott D. Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes
Scott Rikkers is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Royal Dukes at James Madison University. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Music Education from Western Michigan University and Master of Music Education from James Madison University. At JMU Mr. Rikkers is the Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, coordinator of the basketball pep bands, directs the JMU Concert Band, teaches Music Education courses, and supervises student teachers. Prior to his appointment at JMU, Mr. Rikkers was the Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Montana where he coordinated the athletic band program, conducted the University Concert Band, and assisted with the Music Education curriculum. He held a graduate assistantship with the James Madison University band program prior to which he taught k-12 music in Michigan, holding positions in General Music and Middle/High School Band.
Mr. Rikkers is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. In addition, he holds affiliation with the Virginia Music Education Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, North American Brass Band Association, Collegiate Band Directors National Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He has been an active clinician for both marching and concert events in Maryland, Michigan, Montana, South Carolina, and Virginia. In 2010 he traveled to Venezuela with a group from JMU to study the Venezuelan Youth Symphony program, El Systema. There he was a guest conductor with the Merida state Wind Ensemble.