Richard Suk, Ohio University Marching Band director

Dr. Richard Suk, Director

Dr. Richard Suk is serving his 26th year as Director of the Marching 110. He serves as Professor of Music Education in the School of Music, and also conducts Symphonic Band 1 and Varsity Band. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Suk received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Dr. Suk taught in the public schools in Mississippi and Alabama for ten years, where his bands received consistent superior ratings on the district and state levels.

Dr. Suk is a member of various professional and honorary societies including Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and is active as an adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Suk was the recipient of the 2021 School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.

Justin McCrary

Mr. Justin G. McCrary, Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Justin G. McCrary, a native of North Carolina, is the current Assistant Director of Bands at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He earned his Master of Music Education degree from Ohio University, and he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Appalachian State University. Prior to his current appointment, he taught for over 10 years in the public schools of North Carolina; Thomasville Middle School for one year and South Davie Middle School for nine years.

Mr. McCrary holds professional membership in the National Association for Music Educators, the West Virginia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and College Band Directors National Association. He is a Friend of the Arts of Sigma Alpha Iota (Kappa Lambda chapter), an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Rho Tau), and an Eagle Scout.

William Talley, director of bands for Ohio University Marching Band

Dr. William Talley, Director of Bands

William Talley is the Director of Bands at Ohio University, where he directs the wind symphony and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and wind literature. Dr. Talley received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he served as the associate director of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the assistant director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In addition to his responsibilities with these ensembles at Eastman, Dr. Talley taught undergraduate conducting and served as the assistant director of the Eastman Harmonie. He also regularly conducted for a variety of ensembles at Eastman, including OSSIA’s new music ensembles and the Graduate Composer’s Sinfonietta.  While a student at Eastman, Dr. Talley was a recipient of the Frederick Fennell Conducting Fellowship, the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize, and was the first recipient of the newly established Donald and Polly Hunsberger Endowed Conducting Scholarship. While in residence at Eastman, Dr. Talley concurrently served as the wind ensemble director at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Prior to attending Eastman and receiving a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Talley taught for 15 years in the Asheville City Schools district in Asheville, NC. In his time as a band director Dr. Talley served as the president of the Western North Carolina Bandmasters' Association, and he also received the Award of Excellence from that organization. He was the recipient of many awards and recognitions in teaching during his tenure at Asheville High School, including the WLOS 'Thanks to Teachers' award, the WYFF 'Golden Apple' award, and Asheville High School and Asheville City Schools Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Talley is a National Board-certified teacher, and his high school bands repeatedly earned superior ratings at NC Concert Band Music Performance Adjudication and marching band contests. In 2013, the Asheville High School Marching Band, under his direction, performed for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Talley has served as a clinician and adjudicator in the Carolinas, Ohio, Georgia and in New York, and he is an active arranger and transcriber of music for wind ensembles. In 2019, his transcription of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7 was premiered by the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Marching 110 Managers

Band Managers are chosen each year by the directors and assist in regular logistics and operations of the band.

Band managers for the Marching 110

Marching 110 Field Commander

Prior to 1971, the Ohio University Marching Band utilized a traditional Drum Major position in the band. After the graduation of David Fowler following the 1970 season, the position of Drum Major was abolished in the band. Since 1973, the Marching 110 has utilized a student leadership position within the band titled "Field Commander." Unlike  many schools that use the same term for their student leader who conducts the band, the Marching 110 Field Commander does not the conduct the ensemble during performances. The Field Commander's primary responsibility is the fundamental marching technique of the band. Other duties include the heightening of morale, discipline and esprit d' corps of the group. It is the highest student-held position in the Marching 110, requires the student to be a fourth or fifth year member of the band, and is selected by the directors each season.

Marching 110 Field Commanders

2024: Ryan Bunyard, Snare
2023: Eric Steere, Trumpet
2022: Bailey Buell, Trumpet
2021: Greg Sheets, Trumpet
2020: Ryan Steere, Trombone
2019: Sophia Medvid, Mellophone
2018: Paul Bissler, Mellophone
2017: Sam Koogle, Trumpet
2016: John Rodesh, Euphonium
2015: Dylan Chase, Trombone
2014: Jared Halter, Timbales
2013: Kyle Likens, Trombone
2012: Rocco Contini, Tenor Sax
2011: Seth Winegardner, Trumpet
2010: Mike George, Tenors
2009: Jerod Smith, Alto Saxophone
2008: Jacob Young, Trombone
2007: Josh Boyer, Trombone
2006: Matt Mattox, Trombone
2005: Sam Venable, D-Hole
2004: Shawn Hurley, Trumpet
2003: Brian Bross, Tenor Sax
2002: Nick Delotell, Trombone
2001: Nate Gilcher, Tuba
2000: Eric Best, Cymbals
1999: Clint Harris, Tuba
1998: Chris Irwin, Trumpet
1997: Marc Brunner, Trumpet
1996: Brian Moore, Snare Drum
1995: Rich Edwards, Trombone
1994: Adam Pape, Timbales
1993: Matt Brunner, Trumpet
1992: Scott Coffey, Alto Sax
1991: Aaron Romero, D-Hole
1990: Steve Krebs, Trumpet
1989: Tim Zifer, Trumpet
1988: Rob Notch, Trumpet
1987: Brit Altizer, Trumpet
1986: Matt Cool, Trombone
1985: Mark Smith, Alto Sax
1984: Brad Neavin, Trombone
1983: Kurt Gries, Trumpet
1982: Paul Abend, Trumpet
1981: Jim Martin, Trombone
1980: Randy Hammond, Trumpet
1979: Jeff Scaggs, Trombone
1978: Jack Delany, Trombone
1977: Max West, Trombone
1976: Tim Burkey, Cymbals
1975: Charlie Marty, Bass Drum
1974: Dave Dillon, Trombone
1973: Tom McKee and Jay Sokol