Dr. Joseph Scheivert has served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 2021. As founder of the UWO Titan Thunder Marching Band and Bolt (pep) Band, he created ensembles known as much for their passion, spirit, and caring culture as their sound power and visual class. He is eagerly working to promote participation and support of the marching arts at both the high school and collegiate levels throughout Wisconsin. He has also held athletic band positions at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Scheivert earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Iowa, serving as an instructor, drill writer, and arranger with both the Penn State Blue Band and Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band during graduate studies. His dissertation research focused on policies and procedures developed by the Big Ten Conference marching bands in response to issues such as social media use, copyright concerns and hazing. In addition, he previously taught instrumental music at international schools in Asia, first at International School Eastern Seaboard in Sri Racha, Thailand, followed by the Senri and Osaka International Schools of Kwansei Gakuin in Osaka, Japan.
Dr. Scheivert actively participates in the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association, and Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, including The Midwest Clinic and the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium. In addition to enjoying engagements as a guest conductor and clinician for both concert and athletic bands, he also values opportunities to perform on tuba, saxophone, voice, piano, and organ.