Welcome to Idaho State University Athletic Bands!

Also known as the Spirit of ISU, the Athletics Bands at Idaho State are the most dedicated, visible, and energetic organizations at Idaho State University. Whether we are at a football, basketball game or pep rally, the athletic bands are there to exhibit pride and school spirit at every event. Fans welcome the powerful performances, and members love being involved with something great where they can develop friendships that will last a lifetime. We hope that you will be part of our proud tradition and exciting future! Go Bengals!

Faculty, Staff & Section Leaders

 

yorkKevin J. York
Director of Athletic Bands / Associate Director of Bands

Professor York is the Associate Director of Bands at Idaho State University. He received his Masters degree in Conducting from Texas Tech University, where he taught as a graduate assistant and conducting intern; and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. At Idaho State University, he directs the Bengal Marching Band, basketball pep bands, concert band and jazz band II. He also teaches courses in music education and music technology.

Prior to joining the music faculty at ISU, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Grand Valley State University and Mississippi State University. At GVSU he was responsible for organizing and directing all athletic bands, and taught various courses in the Department of Music with an emphasis in marching band techniques and music technology. Mr. York also taught middle school and high school band in the public schools of Michigan where his bands received superior ratings at numerous marching and concert festivals throughout the state. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, and National Band Association. He also holds honorary memberships from Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority.

thomDr. Thom Hasenpflug
Administrative Director of Marching Percussion

Dr. Hasenpflug works as a consultant and coordinator for the Bengal Marching Band drumline. He received his degrees in percussion and composition from Ithaca College and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, and is a full time faculty member of the department of music. www.isu.edu/departments/music/hasenpflug

shaneShane Lindsey
Drumline Instructor

Shane Lindsay has been the drumline instructor of the Bengal Marching Band for the past 12 years. In addition to his duties with the marching band, Mr. Lindsey also acts as a consultant for the Bengal Basketball Pep Band, drum set instructor, and front ensemble tech for Portneuf Valley Drumline. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Idaho State University.

shaneThaddeus Ferrin
Drumlin Section Leader

Thaddeus Ferrin is a percussionist who specializes in marching percussion. A native of Southeast Idaho, Mr. Ferrin has extensive marching band experience locally and abroad including the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and the Borås Home Guard Military Band in Sweden. For the past 5 years, Mr. Ferrin has been an instructor and arranger for the marching percussion group Göteborg Drum Corps, based in Gothenburg Sweden, which won the IPE European Marching Class Championships this past April. In addition to his work in competitive winter drumline, Mr. Ferrin has enjoyed the opportunity to teach, motivate and inspire students as a marching percussion clinician around Sweden. Since returning from Sweden Mr. Ferrin has been a consultant/instructor for local high schools and is director for Portneuf Valley Drumline.

shaneCarrie Larsen
Color Guard Instructor

Prior to joining Idaho State Bengal Marching Band, Carrie Larsen was on Highland Senior High School's colorguard for three years, serving as co-captain her first two years and captain during her senior year. Carrie then went on to teach Highland's colorguard for six years, and is the current caption head at the school. Highland's colorguard has been very competitively successful in recent seasons, winning many caption trophies for outstanding colorguard. Carrie was a member of the world class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming in 2008, and received the outstanding rookie award for that season. Carrie is also the color guard coordinator and instructor for Fiero Winter Guard.

2013 Bengal Marching Band Section Leaders

Drum Majors
Blake French
José Romero

Marching Techs
Blake French
Evan Chivers
Hayden Holbrook
Danny Roberts

Music Techs

Flute: Elizabeth Eickhoff
Clarinet: Abby Belnap
Alto Sax & Mellophone: Hayden Holbrook
Trumpet: Danny Roberts
Trombone & Baritone: Naomi Hulsey
Sousaphone: Evan Chivers

Spirit Techs

Flute: Haile Ward, Stephanie Luker
Clarinet: Abby Belnap
Alto Sax & Mellophone: Hayden Holbrook
Trumpet: Shawn McLain
Trombone & Baritone: Naomi Hulsey
Sousaphone: Chris Carroll

Color Guard Captain
Felicia Johnson

 

Scholarships

Over $100,000 in scholarship money is available each year to music majors and non-music majors enrolled in ISU performing groups.

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Common Questions

Many students have the same questions as you do when thinking about joining the band. Here are some answers to the most common questions.

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Contact us

ISU Athletic Bands • Kevin York, Director
921 South 8th Avenue • Pocatello, ID 83209
Office (208) 282-2748 • Fax (208) 282-4884
Email: isubands@isu.edu