Dec. 13, 2007
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
SRU graduate helps lead prestigious drum and bugle corps
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mark Riel, a 1998 music graduate of Slippery Rock University, has been named assistant director for logistical operations for the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps of Jacksonville State (Ala.) University. His responsibilities include tour management and communication during the 2008 season.
The corps is the summer performance ensemble of Jacksonville State, open to musicians 16-21. Members must audition and are selected based on musical ability and marching skills.
The prestigious corps has earned 16 top-12 finishes in national competitions since its founding in 1977. The group has performed all over the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Japan.
Riel, who received degrees in music and music education from SRU, is currently the director of bands at North Brunswick High School in Leland, N.C.
He has been active a performer, arranger and instructor for marching bands and drum corps throughout the United States and Canada. Most recently, he served as tour director for Drum Corps International's Boston Crusaders.
Riel, a published percussion arranger, has been named to the prestigious Who's Who Among American Teachers three times since 2002. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Music Educators Association and the North Carolina Band Master's Association.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.