Penn State Alumnus Greg Drane Named Blue Band Director
After nearly two decades with O. Richard Bundy at the helm, the Penn State Blue Band officially has a new director. Gregory Drane, the band’s current assistant director, has been selected as Bundy’s successor according to an e-mail sent to the band.
Drane has been with the Blue Band since 2002 and has served as the assistant director since 2005. He’s a Penn State alumnus, too, completing a master’s degree in music education at the university after attending Bethune-Cookman College for his undergraduate. Drane is an instructor with the Penn State School of Music and is currently working on a doctorate.
Drane beat out two other finalists to earn his new role leading the Blue Band. Kyle Glaser, a Penn State alumnus and the athletic bands director at Texas State University, was on the short list for the job. Michael Robinson, the University of Georgia band director, was also a finalist.