Professor David G. Boggs is thrilled to continue in his 5th 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.
Originally from Mattoon, IL, Mrs. Hayes began taking dance classes at the age of 3. A product of Mattoon High School, Mrs. Hayes 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 Mrs. Hayes 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. Mrs. Hayes is the Effingham High School Color Guard Director and the Mattoon High School Winterguard Weapon Tech. In 2017 Mrs. Hayes opened an independent winter guard, Zenith Independent, and she currently works for Mattoon Middle School. She is currently starting her 5th season with the Panther Marching Band!
Biography coming soon!