Nathan Stark, Boise State graduate and former member of the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, has been named the band’s interim director. Stark takes over the position after the May passing of David A. Wells, who was part of the Boise State community for 23 years and well loved by his colleagues and students.
Stark was one of those students, and he credits Wells’ personal recommendation for his appointment as interim director. A national search for a permanent director continues, and while Stark is a candidate, he is focused on the year ahead.
“I feel very strongly about the continuation of Dave’s legacy as director of the Blue Thunder,” Stark said. “My goal this year is to provide the same positive, musical band experience for students that I had the fortune of having when I was a student here.”
Stark was born in Boise and graduated from Centennial High School before majoring in music education at Boise State, where his father was a chemistry professor for 30 years. Stark was a member of the Blue Thunder from 1996-2001, the last two years of which he was student director. His wife, Carmen, also majored in music and marched with the Blue Thunder from 1995-1998. After graduation, the couple attended Arizona State University’s School of Music, where Stark earned his master’s degree in music performance in 2003 and taught and worked with school bands for four years before returning as a doctoral student in 2007. He expects to receive his DMA in December. The couple now lives in Boise with their 2-year-old daughter, Adella.
“I am overwhelmed at this opportunity and honored to now be standing in Dave’s tremendous shoes,” Stark said.