Dr. Darin Olson is currently Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary responsibilities include 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, Dr. 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.
An active clinician, arranger, and adjudicator, Dr. Olson frequently makes appearances throughout the Midwest and South. He is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). His achievements in academic settings have been recognized by inductions into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. He previously served as a reviewer of new literature and recordings for Percussive Notes, the official publication of Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and served on the Education Committee for PAS. Dr. Olson is also a proud educational endorser for Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
Dr. Olson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University.