ATHENS, Ohio -- Ricky Suk, coordinator of football halftime shows and conductor of the 200-member basketball pep band at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named director of Ohio University's Marching 110.

Suk (pronounced SOOK), 35, is completing his Ph.D. in music education at Illinois and will join the Ohio University staff July 1, said School of Music Director Roger Stephens. Suk will hold the titles of associate director of bands, with responsibility for the Bobcat football and basketball bands, and assistant professor of instrumental music education, teaching an average of two classes a quarter.

In a related announcement, Stephens said Associate Professor John Climer has been promoted to director of bands at Ohio University, overseeing the entire band program, including athletic bands, concert band, wind ensemble and the Communiversity band. Climer previously was director of concert bands the past two years.

For the past three years, Suk was a graduate assistant in the Band Department at Illinois, assisting with the overall administration of the program, according to Stephens. He previously was a high school band director for 10 years in Mississippi and Alabama.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Suk received a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1983 and a master of music education from Southern Mississippi in 1986.

Richard Suk is an outstanding music educator who will bring the highest musical standards to the Marching 110, as well as providing leadership in the School of Music's instrumental music education curriculum," Stephens said.

Stephens said the Marching 110's high-energy, high-stepping style will remain unchanged. The band is nationally known for its synchronized dance routines and rock and roll selections. The Marching 110 was the only Ohio college or university band to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in January 1993 in Washington, D.C.

But, Stephens added, Richard will make changes, there's no doubt about it. We hope to improve on the quality and style of band, insisting on better musicianship and discipline." Suk said football fans won't notice much difference in the style of the Marching 110 under his direction.

I'm going to try and make improvements and build on the tradition that's been established in the past," Suk said. The band will continue to dance and provide the high-energy marching style that fans have become accustomed to."

Suk replaces Sylvester Young, who announced in late January his intentions to resign as Ohio University band director this summer. Young will remain a faculty member in the School of Music while he pursues a doctorate in music education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.