Director of Instrumental Music
Director of Music Education
Assistant Professor of Music
Office: Fine Arts 304
Dr. Marc Decker is Director of Instrumental Music and Music Education, and Assistant Professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. His primary duties include directing the Ranger Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Northwestern Jazz Ensemble, and teaching courses in conducting and music education.
Prior to his arrival at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Dr. Decker was Director of Bands at American University. He directed the Symphonic Band, ‘Screamin’ Eagles’ Pep Band, coached the AU Chamber Winds, and taught undergraduate conducting, band arranging, and music appreciation. In spring 2015, in addition to his duties at American University, Dr. Decker served as a Conductor-in-Residence at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College where he conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Sunderman Chamber Winds.
A native of the Midwest, Dr. Decker did his graduate work at the University of Iowa. There he studied conducting with Richard Mark Heidel and drill design with Kevin Kastens earning both an M.A. and D.M.A. in conducting. During his time at Iowa, Dr. Decker conducted the various concert and chamber ensembles, directed the Iowa Pep Band, arranged music and designed drill for the ‘Hawkeye’ Marching Band, and assisted in the daily operations of a major Big Ten band program.
Prior to pursuing his graduate degrees, Dr. Decker served as Director of Bands at South Haven High School, in South Haven, Michigan. There he directed the ‘Purple Pride’ Marching Band, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. The bands under Dr. Decker earned consecutive superior ratings at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association festivals.
Dr. Decker in an active arranger, guest conductor, and adjudicator. In 2014 he gave professional presentations at the Maryland Music Educators Association Conference and at the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Conference. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.