Band Program Staff

SCOTT C. TOBIAS
MM, DMA ??? University of Georgia
BM - Furman University

Dr. Scott Tobias currently serves as Director of Bands at West Virginia University. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, teaching courses in conducting, and providing administrative leadership for the WVU Bands program. Prior to his appointment at West Virginia University, Dr. Tobias served on the faculties of the University of Central Florida and Appalachian State University. He also previously served as a high school band director in the public schools of South Carolina and Georgia. Bands under Dr. Tobias??? direction have performed nationally and internationally at events such as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Western International Band Clinic, the London New Year???s Day Parade, and the Cabalgata de Reyes (Madrid, Spain). He remains active as a clinician conducting honor bands throughout the United States.

Dr. Tobias received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia, where he also earned a Masters degree in Music Education. He received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University. Dr. Tobias is a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and has been named to Who???s Who Among America???s Teachers.

His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, West Virginia Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Tobias also currently serves as the 1st Vice-President and President-Elect of the National Band Association.

DEARL "JAY" DRURY
BM, MM - West Virginia University


Dearl "Jay" Drury is presently serving as the eleventh director in the history of the "Pride of West Virginia.??? As the Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at WVU, Professor Drury???s additional responsibilities include directing the Basketball Pep Band, conducting the Symphonic Band, and serving as the assistant conductor of the Wind Symphony.

Professor Drury has completed the coursework towards a doctorate degree in applied conducting and he has served as the Jazz Ensemble Director at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV. He earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from WVU, and served as a high school and elementary band director in Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia.

He is active as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the region, has participated in research presentations at the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state music educators' conferences, and has presented several times at the CBDNA National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Symposium. Professor Drury is a member of the College Band Directors National Association???recently serving on the Athletic Band Committee, the National Association for Music Education, the WVU Mountain Honorary, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy Committee. Professor Drury also has an extensive history with the WVU Marching Band, serving as a former member, trumpet section leader, graduate assistant and assistant director of the band.
CHRISTOPHER NICHTER
BM, MM - West Virginia University

Christopher Nichter
is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at West Virginia University where his duties include serving as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, instructor of the Concert Band, and assistant conductor of the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. In addition, Mr. Nichter teaches music arranging, two levels of undergraduate conducting, and directs the Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy summer camp for the College of Creative Arts and School of Music. His active schedule includes music arranging, marching drill writing, leadership/motivation clinics, and guest conducting appearances for high school and honor bands around the state and region.

He holds degrees in Conducting and Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from West Virginia University and previously served as a Graduate Assistant for the WVU Bands and as the band director at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland.

Mr. Nichter was a four-year member of the WVU Marching Band and he was named the ensemble???s Outstanding Section Leader (Tuba) in 2002. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association and he is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu.

The 2016-17 WVU Band Staff

  • Brandon Carbonari, Graduate Assistant
  • Matthew McCurry, Graduate Assistant
  • Brad Luna, Administrative Associate
  • Don Wilcox, Director of Bands Emeritus