Blue Band Office
101 Blue Band Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-3982
Gregory Drane became the sixth Director of the Penn State Blue Band on July 1, 2015. Drane served as Assistant Director from 2005-2015, directing Athletic Pep Bands as well as beginning the Penn State Volleyball Band, and has been part of the Blue Band staff since 2002, when he was a graduate assistant. A talented saxophone player himself, Drane has designed and arranged some of the band's most memorable halftime performances, including "Moving Picture Show" and "Game of THONS." Drane holds a bachelor's degree in music education and music performance from Bethune-Cookman, a master's degree in music education from Penn State and is nearing completion on his Ph.D. from Penn State.
Eric Bush joined the Penn State faculty in 2015 and serves as Assistant Director of Bands and Jazz Studies. Beyond his role with athletic bands, Dr. Bush works with concert bands, serves on the graduate faculty, teaches undergraduate conducting, coaches jazz combos, and directs the Inner Dimensions jazz ensemble. He earned the D.M.A. in band conducting degree from the University of Iowa, where he served as graduate teaching assistant. Dr. Bush's doctoral thesis, The History of the Big Ten Band Directors Association (1971-2015) was published in the spring of 2015. Previously, he served as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, NY.
Corey Pompey joined The Pennsylvania State University faculty in 2016 and serves as Assistant Director of Bands. In addition to his athletic band responsibilities, Pompey teaches undergraduate conducting, supervises student teachers, and conducts the Concert Band. He previously served as an assistant instructor with University Bands at the University of Texas at Austin. Pompey taught in the public schools of Alabama for seven years. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Texas.
Serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Penn State Blue Band. Her Penn State experience includes careers with the Office of Human Resources Professional Development, formerly known as the Human Resources Development Center, and most recently with the Center for the Performing Arts. When not at the Blue Band office, you will find Wanda enjoying working in her yard, watching baseball and football, and enjoying time with her family.
Darrin Thornton is an assistant professor of music education in the School of Music. Beginning his Penn State career in 2002, he has also worked with the Blue Band since 2007. His current research focuses on pre-service teacher training, urban education, ensemble education settings, and adult music engagement.
Dr. Buzminsky has been the Blue Band's percussion arranger/instructor since 1983. He has a number of marching percussion arrangements published, and he is an educational artist for Yamaha Percussion and Vic Firth. As a practicing school psychologist, Dr. Buzminsky has taught graduate-level courses in child assessment at Penn State and as been the field supervisor for many doctoral interns.
Band Front Coordinator
Kathy Bamat has been with the Blue Band since 1982, starting as the Silk Instructor and in 2004 moving to the Band Front Coordinator. Kathy marched with the Westshoremen Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps for six summers and has worked with many local high school bands. She has completed her 43rd year at Penn State as the Manager of the Work Control Center in the Office of Physical Plant.
Majorette Instructor/Blue Band Part Time Staff Assistant
Heather Mensch Bean became the coach of the "Touch of Blue" (TOB), the Penn State Majorettes, in the Spring 1994. The "Touch of Blue" is a Proud part of the Blue Band and have also represented the University and the Blue Band competing at the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) Nationals. The team has brought home, to Penn State, 15 National titles to date. Being a part of the Blue Band staff and coaching the TOB have been an amazing opportunity.
Heather has been working in the Blue Band office as a Part Time Staff Assistant since the Fall of 2012.
Charlie is a Penn State Alum and a former Blue Band Silk. Having earned a Bachelor's in Recreation & Parks and a Master's in Special Education, he currently works as a Special Education Teacher for the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Charlie has been instructing and choreographing for the Blue Band Silks for over 20 years! Besides Blue Band, he has taught numerous high school bands, indoor color guards, and drum and bugle corps.
Mr. Cree is a graduate of West Chester University and Penn State. He is a retired Band Director from the Bellefonte Area School District. Now beginning his 24th year with the Blue Band, he can be found in his "Spacious Repair Suite" where he coordinates repair and maintenance of the instruments, works closely with the managers, and handles attendance and medical concerns.
Caleb Rebarchak is a native to State College, PA. He has a B.S. in Music Education and a Master of Music in Band/Wind Ensemble Conducting from Penn State. While in grad school, Caleb served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Athletic Bands. Along with serving as a volunteer assistant with Blue Band, he is in the Ministry Apprenticeship Program at Calvary Church.
Dean DeVore has been an announcer for the Blue Band since 1994. Dean was a trumpet player in the Blue Band as an undegraduate from 1984-1988. He is a veteran radio announcer, with his career focusing on sports and weather. Dean became the voice of Beaver Stadium in 2000, and is also the Public Address Announcer for Women's and Men's Volleyball and Men's Gymnastics.
Annemarie Mountz is in her first year as staff photographer for the Blue Band, although she has been photographing the band since 2007. She has a B.A. in journalism from Penn State, and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration. Annemarie has worked at Penn State for more than 20 years, and currently is director of communications for the College of Education.