Bridget (Bri) Olenik is the Director of Bands for Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Bridget is an active performer, composer, arranger and educator in the Midwest. She has coached drum lines, bands, percussion ensembles, front ensembles and private students throughout states of Iowa, Indiana and Ohio. As a performer, Bridget has played in a wide variety of genres from the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra to the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. When not in the concert hall, Bridget enjoys performing for school music programs all over the Midwest, inspiring the next generation of music makers through her performance, guidance and passion for music. Prior to this appointment, she has taught elementary, middle and high school students and ensembles as well as college methods and ensembles. She has served as an instructor for four seasons with the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and has worked with many high school marching programs including BOA Grand National Champion Carmel High School (IN).
Bridget has arranged and composed music for drum lines, percussion ensembles, front ensembles and for solo percussion. Bridget received her bachelor's degree in music performance at Iowa State University and studied with Matthew Coley and Dr. Barry Larkin. She completed her master's degree in performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton and John Tafoya.
Bridget proudly endorses Sabian and Vater Percussion.
Director of Bands