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Band Faculty and Staff

John R. Stewart - Wind Symphony, Director of Bands
Phillip A. Ostrander - Symphony Band
Randal C. Dickerson - University Band, Blugold Marching Band
Nick Hansberry- Undergraduate Administrative Assistant
Claire Henningsgaard - Undergraduate Administrative Assistant

John R. StewartDr. John R. Stewart

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Dr. John R. Stewart is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and repertoire, supervises student teachers, and coordinates the concert band program. Under his leadership the Wind Symphony has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference with soloists Dr. Brian Bowman, Andreas Hofmeir, Timothy Northcut, and Dr. Jerry Young, and has been selected to perform at the CBDNA North Central Division Regional Conference in 2016. Dr. Stewart maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the upper Midwest. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (2013) at the University of Minnesota while studying conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. Dr. Stewart earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida (1996) and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida (2009).

Prior to his appointment at UWEC, Dr. Stewart was Interim Conductor of the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble (Minnesota). Dr. Stewart served as Director of Bands at Saint Cloud High School (Florida) from 1996-2010 where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. In 2006, he earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and in 2008 was named the St. Cloud High School "Teacher of the Year."

Dr. Stewart contributed to Teaching Music through Performance in Band: Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment published by GIA Publications, Inc., has been published in Contributions to Music Education and the Minnesota Music Educators Association Journal. His current research interests include Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) and repertoire. His professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Dr. Stewart lives in Eau Claire and enjoys spending time with his wife, Crisinda and daughter, Hannah.


Dr. Phillip A. Ostrander

Phillip OstranderPhil Ostrander is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone and trombone ensemble.  Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music.  Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman.  He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the popular chamber group Burning River Brass Ensemble. Currently, he is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee under Michael Stern and also Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.  An accomplished jazz trombonist, Dr. Ostrander has collaborated with jazz artists Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi and Rich Beirach.  He teaches jazz at the Shell Lake Arts Camp in northern Wisconsin. He has recorded on Sony Classical with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Naxos with the IRIS Orchestra.  Dr. Ostrander is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Musical Instrument Company.

Dr. Randal C. Dickerson

Randal DickersonDr. Randal C. Dickerson is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he teaches Principles & Methods of Secondary Music Education, coordinates the student teaching program, conducts the University Band, and the Blugold Marching Band. Before coming to Eau Claire, Dr. Dickerson spent 6 years as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Illinois.  There he coordinated student and curricular affairs for the School of Music, Department of Theatre, Department of Dance, and the Art Education Division.

During his seven years as a high school band director in Mississippi and Washington, Dr. Dickerson's ensembles were consistently rated superior and amassed awards from many festivals in the U.S. and Canada. 

Dr. Dickerson is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and holds a Doctor of Education (in Music Education) degree from the University of Illinois (1994).


Nick Hansberry

Undergraduate Assistant


Nick Hansberry is an instrumental music education major from Alexandria, MN. On campus, he is involved in the Blugold Marching Band, BASSically Brass, and also directs the Blugold Athletic Band.  Nick is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter on campus and in the summer marches with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.




Claire Henningsgaard

Undergraduate Assistant

Claire Henningsgaard

Claire Henningsgaard is an instrumental music education major with an emphasis on the tuba.  During the summer she helps teach tuba, trombone, euphonium, and tenor saxophone at a local middle school.  She performs with the Symphony Band, Blugold Marching Band, and BASSically BRASS at UWEC.