Dan Ruckman, Director


Dan Ruckman is currently in his 21st year of teaching and serving his fifteenth year as the Director of Bands at Coldwater Exempted Village Schools where he directs the 5-12 concert bands, HS marching and pep band, small ensemble/music lab class and music theory.

Prior to his current position, he was the band director at Fort Recovery Local Schools and directed the bands and taught general music at North Baltimore Local Schools.

Dan received a BMEd and MMEd from Bowling Green State University while serving as the Band Methods Graduate Assistant. He is currently an OMEA adjudicator, Past-President of OMEA District 3, and Secretary of the Ohio Music Education Association. Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Jud Lehman, Assistant


Jud Lehman is currently in his 19th year of teaching at Coldwater Exempted Village Schools and serving his eleventh year as the Assistant Band Director.  In addition, Jud has been the "Voice of Cavalier Football" for 16 years.

Prior to his current position, he taught Sophomore English and Journalism at Van Wert High School and 6th Grade Language Arts at Norwood Schools near Cincinnati.

Jud received his Bachelor's degree in Communication Education from Ohio University in 1993, a degree in Journalism Education from Kansas State University in 1994, and his Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Bowling Green State University in 2005.

Dane Newlove, Percussion


Dane Newlove retired following the 2012-13 school year after a thirty-year career in education, the last twenty-seven as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair for the St. Marys City Schools in West Central Ohio. Dane is currently the Director of Adjudicated Event Materials and Awards for the Ohio Music Education Association, and teaches part time as percussion specialist for the Coldwater and St. Marys City School systems in West Central Ohio.

Dane Newlove is a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity; the American School Band Directors Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. He is also an active performer as a percussionist in the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Lima Area Concert Band, Lima Marimba Ensemble, Unclouded Day Vocal Ensemble, and as principal percussionist for the Old Crown Brass Band from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Dane is also the founder and co-director of the St. Marys Area Community Band.