Professor David G. Boggs is thrilled to continue in his 4th year with the EIU Music Department this fall! He directs the Panther Marching Band, Basketball Pep Bands, Eastern Symphonic Band, and teaches courses in Marching Band Techniques, Band Arranging and The Evolution of Jazz and Rock. In addition, he is the primary administrator of the Panther Marching Band Festival.
In the spring of 2019 David Boggs completed his 20th year as the Director of Athletic Bands at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. He was the Director of the Marching Bearcat Band and Pep Bands, served as the Director of the Music in Our Schools Program, and coordinated many aspects of music student recruitment. He was one of the chief architects in designing the music education, music business and jazz performance degree programs. During his time there he pioneered the Young People’s Concerts (three different series of concerts, the Preview of Champions and Small Band Marching Band Festivals, the DCI St Louis Show, the Midwest Percussion Camp and Phantom Regiment Summer Music Camps as well multitude of other music education-based clinics, concerts and events.
Prior work experience includes serving as the Director of Bands at Rolling Meadows where he hosted the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival and Newton High Schools (IL) as well as working at Indiana University (Associate Instructor) and Purdue University. In addition, Mr. Boggs has served as the Corps Director for the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps (2014 and 2015 seasons) and been on brass staff for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (1990) and Music City Drum Corps (2013). Past marching experience included being a former marching member of The Cavaliers Drum Corps (1985). He was also a clinician for the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Camp for ten years.
Mr. Boggs has presented clinics on topics such as presenting young people’s concerts, student recruitment at the collegiate level, and administering successful festivals and events at the CBDNA, ILMEA and IAJE conventions. He is an active concert and jazz adjudicator for Music in the Parks and other organizations. Mr. Boggs is also an active marching, concert and jazz adjudicator and clinician in the Midwest and Southeast area for Nottelmann Music Company located in St. Louis, Missouri. He resides in Breese, Illinois with his two daughters, Savannah and Zora.
Originally from Mattoon, IL Ms. St. John began taking dance classes at the age of 3. A product of Mattoon High School, Ms. St. John started the color guard for that ensemble in 2007 and performed all four years in the fall guard and winter guard. While pursuing a Sociology degree from EIU Ms. St. John marched all 4 years with the Panther Marching Band and performed for 3 years with winter guard Blue Horizon and 2 years with Avidity Independent. Ms. St. John is the Effingham High School Color Guard Director and the Mattoon High School Winterguard Weapon Tech. In 2017 Ms St. John opened an independent winter guard, Zenith Independent, and she currently works for Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital. She is currently in her 4th season with the Panther Marching Band!
Dan Brickner graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2017 with a degree in Music Performance. Recently, Dan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Music Performance, and will be returning to EIU in the fall of 2019 to complete a second Bachelor's degree in Music Education. After being an active member of his high school marching band, Alton High School, for four years, he worked as an assistant technician for the front ensemble and drumline for two summers.
Since then, he has been in high demand in Central Illinois as a percussion specialist, working with high schools and middle schools in Paris, Effingham, Robinson, and Newton. He has also judged marching competitions and solo and ensemble festivals held in Robinson, Sullivan, and Lawrenceville. In addition to working as a Percussion Assistant for Eastern Music Camp, where he taught masterclasses and sectionals for 3 years, Dan is active as a private instructor and has been teaching private percussion lessons for the past 9 years. In the spring of 2019, Dan revived the Red Regiment Indoor Drumline which had been on a 7-year hiatus, and he began Robinson High School's first ever Percussion Ensemble. As well as working with the Panther Marching Band Drumline this Fall, Dan will be undertaking his 6th marching season with the Robinson Marching Maroons, and his 4th marching season with the Effingham Red Regiment.
During his time at Eastern, Dan performed in the Panther Marching Band, Eastern Wind Symphony, the Percussion Ensemble, the Eastern Symphonic Orchestra, the Vanguard Sextet Jazz Combo, the New Music Ensemble, and the Jazz Lab Band. In the fall of 2017, Dan served as the Drumline Teaching Assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, who recently traveled to Miami Florida to perform at the Orange Bowl. While at Wisconsin Dan performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, and the Western and World Percussion Ensembles.
Currently, Dan is a freelance percussion educator and a student at Eastern Illinois University.