Over the past decade the Blugold Marching Band has become one of the most active bands in the upper Midwest. The annual season includes Blugold home football games, contest exhibitions, and other selected performances. Recent performances include NFL and Blugold away games, festivals, stage shows and international peformance tours. In 2003 The Blugold Marching Band went through an image transformation. A new, more energetic style of marching was introduced. The unique marching style of the BMB combines the precision and artistry of drum and bugle corps with the high energy level of some of the great show bands of the south. The result is powerful and exciting and is sure to enliven any crowd.
Randal C. Dickerson, Director
Dr. Randal C. Dickerson has been the director of the Blugold Marching Band since fall of 2000. In that time the band has grown from 60 members to 300 members and has taken its place alongside the other outstanding ensembles of the Department of Music & Theatre Arts.
Dr. Dickerson is Associate Professor of Music at UW-Eau Claire, where he teaches instrumental music education methods, marching band procedures, supervises student teachers, and directs the University Band and Blugold Marching Band. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire Dr. Dickerson was Asst Dean for Academic Affairs and Asst Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his seven years as a high school band director in Mississippi and Washington state his ensembles were consisently rated superior and amassed awards from many festivals in the US and Canada. He holds the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from the University of Illinois and both M.M.E. and B.M.E. from the University of Southern Mississippi. A prolific arranger of marching band music Dickerson also maintains a busy travel schedule of adjudication and clinics in the U.S. and overseas.