About Us: Staff
Dr. Eric Wiltshire, Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education, received his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2006, and an MA in Music from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1994.
Before coming to UO, he was the assistant professor of music at the University of Dayton (Ohio), where he was director of the “Pride of Dayton” Marching Band, among others, and taught courses in marching band pedagogy, instrumental conducting, arranging, literature and resources, and low brass pedagogy.
Anna Frazer is the Administrative Coordinator of Athletic Bands. She oversees logistics for Oregon Athletic Bands and arranges lodging, transportation, and scheduling. She supervises the band office student staff, maintains bookkeeping records, and coordinates the Summer Music Camps at the University of Oregon. Anna also oversees the website, social media and historical archiving.
Before working for Athletic Bands, Anna was a four-year member of the Oregon Marching Band. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the UO School of Music and Dance in Music Education.
Scott Barkhurst, band announcer, retired in 2011 as Director of Publicity for the UO School of Music and Dance, a position he held since 1988. He was a member of the Oregon Marching Band during his undergraduate years, 1964-67, playing flute and piccolo. After receiving his Bachelor Arts in Journalism, he was in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C. for three years. Barkhurst has been announcing for the OMB since 1998. Barkhurst has been active in local music and theatre groups, appearing on stage or in the orchestra pit for nearly 40 productions, including West Side Story, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Crazy for You, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, and as the Voice of Audrey II (The Plant) in Little Shop of Horrors.
Micah Brusse is the Director of Marching Percussion for the Oregon Marching Band. He has been studying percussion for twenty years and has been teaching for over ten. Brusse performed with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in Concord, California in 1995 and 1997. He has served as the snare technician for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in Denver, Colorado, and the Blue Devils. Brusse is among the instructional staff for the Oregon Crusaders and the battery coordinator for the independent winter percussion ensemble, OC Indoor.
Over the years Brusse has worked with James Campbell, Ralph Hardimon, and Scott Johnson among others. He is honored to be endorsed by Yamaha Corporation of America and Offworld Percussion in addition to being a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
Devin Bretz is a member of the percussion staff at the Oregon Marching Band specializing in Batterie Percussion. Devin joined the OMB as a member in 1995 and was a field technician in 2000 and 2001. After teaching Marching percussion at several High Schools in the northwest, he returned to Eugene in 2013 to rejoin the percussion staff.
Luke DeDominces has been on staff with the Oregon Marching Band since 2016 as both Front Ensemble Arranger and Instructor. Having lived in the Portland area recently as well as Eugene, Luke has had the opportunity to teach and write for many Oregon High School programs, including Southridge HS, Beaverton HS, Glencoe HS, Tigard HS, Rex-Putnam HS, Willamette HS, Sheldon HS, and is currently co-arranger and instructor for the world-class independent percussion ensemble known as OCI.
Luke has a Bachelors in Music for Percussion Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and a Masters in Music for Percussion Performance from the University of Oregon and has also taught and arranged for several Washington high school bands including Kamiak HS, Sumner HS, Bonney Lake HS, and Auburn HS. As a performer, Luke has been a part of the Cascades Drum Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum Corps, OCI, Portland Wind Ensemble, Vancouver Symphony, and the Salem Symphony.
Color Guard Staff
Jennifer Freeman is the Color Guard Director for the Oregon Marching Band. Jen studied Elementary Education at the University of Oregon, where she marched with the Oregon Marching Band. Jen began teaching at Roseburg High School, Sunset High School, and Sheldon High School while she was at UO. She has worked with Grants Pass High School, West Salem High School, Evergreen High School, Summit Independent Winterguard, and Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. Jen is a highly effective teacher, leading many of her groups to earn respect and awards throughout the Northwest.
Beth Refsnider is the rifle technician and choreographer for the Oregon Marching Band Color Guard. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the U of O School of Journalism with a focus in News Journalism and Communication Studies and is a former member of the OMB Color Guard. She has worked with various color guards around the country including Downers Grove South H.S. in Downers Grove, IL, Chesterton H.S. in Chesterton, IL, Highland H.S. in Highland, IN, Sprague H.S. in Salem, OR, and the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. She currently works with the James Logan High School Colorguard in Union City, CA