Dan Ruckman, Director

Dan Ruckman has been teaching and serving as the Director of Bands at Coldwater Exempted Village Schools since 2003 where he directs the 5-12 concert bands, HS marching and pep band, steel drum ensemble 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, has served as Secretary of the Ohio Music Education Association, and became President-Elect in 2020. Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Katie Bachelor, Assistant Director

Katie Bachelor is currently teaching at Van Wert City Schools where she teaches Elementary Music.

Prior to her current position, Katie was a K-12 general music and choral director at Fort Recovery Local Schools, the choral director and and K-6 general music teacher at Lehman Catholic High School, and 6-12 choir and music appreciation at Allen East Schools.

Katie is a graduate of Coldwater High School as well as an alumni of the band. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal and General Music Education from Ball State University in 2016. Katie is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Ohio Music Educators Association.

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.