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
Music Building - Room 211
Chad R. Reep is currently in his fifth 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 directs the JMU Concert Band. During his time at JMU, Mr. Reep has revamped the JMU Pep Band, creating one of the best bands in college basketball. Membership to the JMU Pep Band has increased to over 250 members in Mr. Reep’s short time at JMU. Mr. Reep 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, located in his hometown of Missoula, and was hired as Director of Bands at Big Sky High School in the same city. Mr. Reep spent three years at BSHS before departing to Virginia for graduate work.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.