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 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.
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. He currently teaches at the Summer Marching and Leadership Camp and is the Director of Marching Percussion at Willamette High School in Eugene, Oregon.
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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
Tyson Wooters, leadership advisor, earned his degree in music education from the University of Oregon. Before serving as the beloved Oregon Duck Mascot for 4 years, he was a member of the OMB. Wooters says his leadership career started from the lessons he learned as the drum major for his high school. He started working with the Oregon Marching Band in 2007 and teaches about serving your organization and accountability. Wooters has worked with corporate, scholastic and civic groups including Merit Contractor’s Alliance, Rotary International, and public schools around the country.
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.
Dr. Rodney Dorsey comes to SOMD from a position as the associate director of bands at the University of Michigan. Dorsey will be taking on the director of bands, conducting, and conductor of the UO Wind Ensemble starting Fall of 2013. Prior to this appointment at UM, Dorsey served on the faculties of DePaul and Northwestern Universities. Dorsey studied conducting with Dr. James Croft, Mr. John P. Paynter, and Dr. Mallory Thompson. He was a clarinet student of Mr. Fred Ormand and Dr. Frank Kowalsky. He gained extensive experience teaching in the public schools of Florida and Georgia.
Dorsey holds a number of professional memberships that include the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Dorsey is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.