Carter Biggers joined the music faculty of Penn State in fall 2013. He serves as assistant director of Athletic Bands and is actively involved in all musical and administrative aspects of the athletic band program, including the direction of the 310-member Penn State Blue Band as well as volleyball, hockey, and basketball bands. In addition to his athletic band duties, Biggers is a member of the conducting faculty where he teaches undergraduate conducting and guest conducts music major and non-major instrumental ensembles. He also works with the Partnership for Music Teacher Excellence as a student teacher supervisor.
Biggers came to Penn State from the University of Iowa, where he earned his doctorate in band conducting and completed his doctoral thesis: “On Iowa! A History of The University of Iowa Marching Band, 1881-2012.” While at Iowa, Biggers served as a graduate fellow and teaching assistant with the University’s band program for three years. He appeared as a guest conductor in instrumental ensembles and served as assistant conductor of the Symphony Band, the premier wind ensemble. He also served on the staff of the Hawkeye Marching Band; arranging music, writing drill, and providing instruction both on the field and in music rehearsals. In addition to these duties, Biggers held teaching assistantships in music education and music theory, and also served on the music faculty of the Iowa City Community School, teaching elementary band.
Prior to his arrival in Iowa, he taught high school and junior high school band in Texas for seven years, where his students and ensembles consistently received top ratings at local and state contests. In 2007, the Seagraves High School Honor Band under his direction was named the Texas Music Educators Association Class 1A Honor Band runner-up.
Originally from Texas, Biggers earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University where he studied percussion with Lisa Rogers and Alan Shinn. While there, he was principal percussionist in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, and percussion section leader for three years in the “Goin’ Band from Raiderland” under the direction of Keith Bearden. He also performed in multiple percussion ensembles and steel drum bands. After a year of teaching in Abilene, Texas, Biggers returned to Texas Tech as a graduate teaching assistant, earning a master’s degree in band conducting.
Biggers’ professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.