“The Pride is of great importance to the university and to the entire state,” Boren said. “I carefully considered the advice of the search committee and personally listened to the interviews of the three finalists selected by the committee. I also read the comments of students about all three finalists and spoke personally with the directors under which the finalists currently serve. All three were outstanding.
“I was impressed by Dr. Stolarik’s creativity and clear commitment to students. All of us are determined that our band will continue to be truly ‘the Pride’ of Oklahoma.”
Stolarik has provided leadership for university marching bands in four states, including Texas, Florida, Arkansas and most recently, Wisconsin, where he is currently the assistant director of the marching band and assistant director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his duties as the assistant director, he also oversees the Wisconsin Drumline and the Marching Percussion Program.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Wisconsin, he served as the assistant director of bands at Henderson State University, where he co-directed the marching band, conducted the symphony band and Reddie basketball band, taught courses in marching band techniques and wind conducting, and was a frequent guest conductor in the Department of Music.
In addition to athletic bands, he has arranged for the Dallas Wind Symphony and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble as well as instrumental back-ups for a wide variety of professional musicians and rock bands. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi (Alpha Tau) and Tau Beta Sigma (Beta Gamma and Theta Theta).