Stephen Versaevel

Asst. Director, Spirit of the West Marching Band

133 Howard Hall

Stephen Versaevel, Director of Percussion Studies/Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Montana State University since August 2006, is a Doctor of Music candidate in Percussion Performance at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where as a Graduate Assistant, he instructed the Marching Chiefs “Big 8” Drum Line. He holds a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Music Education from South Dakota State University, and has studied with Dr. John Parks IV and Mr. James McKinney.

Stephen is currently a Section Percussionist with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and Carl Fischer Publications recording ensemble in Tampa, Florida. As a soloist he has appeared with the Montana State University Symphony Orchestra on their goodwill trip to Vietnam and Thailand, the University of Kansas Percussion Ensemble (2002 Kansas MENC Convention), The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and was a performer on the prestigious FSU Kaleidoscope series concert. Stephen’s other performance credits include playing in the Key Stone City Percussion Ensemble, performing highlight’s from George Crumb’s “The American Songbook Collection” at the fall 2011 National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Region Conference, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Dothan Symphony, the Helena Symphony, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Stephen may also be heard on the critically-acclaimed compact disk Dusk: Music From the Heartland (2004), featuring the University of Kansas Percussion Ensemble. Stephen is active as both an educator and arranger for many high school and college drum lines across the United States, is president of the Montana chapter of Percussive Arts Society, and is also a member of the Innovative Percussion Education Team.