Scott Rikkers, Director
Music Building - Band Office Room 210
Scott Rikkers is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Royal Dukes at James Madison University. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Music Education from Western Michigan University and Master of Music Education from James Madison University. At JMU Mr. Rikkers is the Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, coordinator of the basketball pep bands, directs the JMU Concert Band, teaches Music Education courses, and supervises student teachers. Prior to his appointment at JMU, Mr. Rikkers was the Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Montana where he coordinated the athletic band program, conducted the University Concert Band, and assisted with the Music Education curriculum. He held a graduate assistantship with the James Madison University band program prior to which he taught k-12 music in Michigan, holding positions in General Music and Middle/High School Band.
Mr. Rikkers is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. In addition, he holds affiliation with the Virginia Music Education Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, North American Brass Band Association, Collegiate Band Directors National Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He has been an active clinician for both marching and concert events in Maryland, Michigan, Montana, South Carolina, and Virginia. In 2010 he traveled to Venezuela with a group from JMU to study the Venezuelan Youth Symphony program, El Systema. There he was a guest conductor with the Merida state Wind Ensemble.
Chad Reep, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Music Building - Room 211
Chad R. Reep is currently in his second year as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at James Madison University, where he assists with all aspects of the Marching Royal Dukes, directs the JMU Pep Band, and co-directs the JMU Concert Band. Mr. Reep recently earned his Masters of Music in Wind Conducting at James Madison University, where he was a Graduate Assistant for the band program. Prior to his time at JMU, Mr. Reep earned his Bachelor of Music Education at The University of Montana-Missoula, located in his hometown of Missoula, and immediately became the Director of Bands at Big Sky High School in the same city. During his two and a half years at BSHS, Mr. Reep's four concert bands and jazz band received superior ratings at district and state festivals. In 2008, Mr. Reep combined his two top bands for a trip to the New York Wind Band Festival where they would perform in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Reep commissioned a brand new work for the event, Dynamism for a Speeding Horse by up-and-coming composer Christopher Stark. They were one of only two bands to receive a Gold Rating.
Mr. Reep is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma. In addition, he is a member of the Virginia Music Education Association, Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association, Collegiate Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.