Brent Harris

Instructor, Music Department

Biography

Brent Harris is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Grissom High School, in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as the Director of the Pep Band at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Harris holds degrees in Music Education from Appalachian State University, and a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to his appointment at Grissom, he taught in the North Carolina public schools for ten years, including positions at East Lincoln High School, East Iredell Middle School, and Lincolnton Middle School.

Bands under the direction of Mr. Harris have consistently earned superior ratings at Concert MPA in grade levels II through VI. His marching ensembles have consistently placed in finals at regional level events and have been awarded numerous class titles and grand championships around the southeast. Mr. Harris has held positions with several state-level band organizations. He served on the executive board of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, as well as the Northwest District Bandmasters Association. He is a past chairman of the NCBA Marching Band Committee.

Mr. Harris has had extensive experience with both the marching band and drum corps activities. He has been a performing member of two world-class Drum and Bugle Corps; Carolina Crown and the Santa Clara Vanguard. He is active as a drill designer and adjudicator for both music and visual captions at marching competitions across the southeast.

Mr. Harris’s professional memberships include the Alabama Bandmasters Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Men’s Music Fraternity. As a lifelong fan of aviation, he has earned a private pilot’s license and enjoys flying around the region when not working with a performing ensemble.


Education

  • MM., Instrumental Conducting - University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.M., Music Education - Appalachian State University