Johnson Fine Arts Center 174
Professor of Music, Percussion
B.M.E. South Dakota State University
M.M.E. University of Northern Colorado-Greeley
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Dr. Terry Beckler, NSU Music Department chair, professor of percussion and associate director of bands, previously was director of bands at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., and at Huron University. He also has 10 years of public school experience as band director for the Red Rock Central (Lamberton, Minn.) and Sioux Valley (Volga, S.D.) school districts.
Dr. Beckler has been a member of the 147th Army Band based in Mitchell, S.D., for more than 30 years. He enlisted in 1986 as a percussionist and, since 1998, has been commander/conductor of this group. In January of 2006, the 147th Army Band was awarded the Howard Citation of Musical Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Dr. Beckler holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He is an active clinician in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota and a former member of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.