Dr. Darin Olson will join Kent State University’s Glauser School of Music as the director of athletic bands and associate director of bands, where he’ll lead the Marching Golden Flashes, Flasher Brass and Symphony Band along with teaching courses. Since 2013, Olson has served as the assistant director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Mead Witter School of Music.

Darin Olson, assistant director of bands, and the UW Marching Band perform “On Wisconsin!” during the Hamel Music Center groundbreaking ceremony.

His primary responsibilities at UW-Madison included serving as Assistant Director of the Marching Band, conducting the University Band, directing the Varsity Band at athletic events, and teaching courses within the Mead Witter School of Music. Prior to his appointment at UW-Madison, Olson held teaching engagements in Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Under his leadership, ensembles have performed in London, England and throughout the United States.

Darin, as many of you know, has been critical to our marching band program over the past 7+ years and especially during this past year of transition,” MWSoM Director Susan Cook said. “I am delighted that he will now have the opportunity to run his own athletic band program and contribute his leadership expertise to another music program. Please join me in thanking him for his years of service to the department.”