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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BANDS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE MARCHING BAND

Dr. Darin Olson is the Assistant Director and Percussion Instructor for the University of Wisconsin Band.  He comes to Wisconsin after serving as Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator for the Rider High School Band in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Prior to that he was arranger and instructor for the University of Missouri, Marching Mizzou Drumline.  Olson received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, his master’s degree from the University of Missouri, and doctorate at Ohio State University. While at Missouri he received the “Helen Mitchell Outstanding Percussionist Award” and earned the “Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award” at Ohio State.  For several years Olson has been active as a clinician, educator, and performer throughout the Midwest and South.  He is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, Percussive Arts Society, and has been in Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Societies.  In addition to his work with the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, Olson also conducts one of the School of Music’s University Bands.