Brent Burris is currently in his seventeenth year of teaching in the state of Kentucky, and his fifth for the Muhlenberg County Public Schools. He previously served as Director of Bands for the Cumberland County Public Schools, the Glasgow Independent Schools, and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Western Kentucky University. He holds BME and MAE degrees from WKU, and a Rank I in Educational Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mr. Burris was named Associate Director of Bands for Muhlenberg County High School in July of 2010. He serves as director for the East Campus, which includes the 9/10 Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Other responsibilities include team-teaching the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and assisting with the middle school bands. Bands under his direction have made two previous appearances at the KMEA In-Service Conference (Cumberland Symphonic, 2002; Cumberland Middle, 2004). His concert bands have been identified with KMEA’s Exemplary Performance status, and marching bands under his direction have been named Bands of America Grand National Semi-finalists and KMEA Finalists. The 2007 Muhlenberg South Marching Suns were named the KMEA Class AA State Champion, and were the Class AA Runner-Up in 2008 (with Chris McGee).
Students under his direction have been members of the KMEA All-State Band, Third District All-District Band, WKU Honors Band, Murray State Quad State Band, University of Kentucky Honors Wind Ensemble, and the Kentucky Baptist Youth Orchestra.
Professional affiliations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Phi Beta Mu Internaional Bandmasters Fraternity, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is currently serving a second term on the KMEA Board of Directors, and is President of the Third District Music Educators Association. He has also served on the KMEA Conference Planning Committee, as Band-Chair and Marching Band Committee Representative for District 3. He was named Outstanding Young Band Director by Phi Beta Mu for the state of Kentucky in 2003, and has received Citations from the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives. He also performs regularly with the Heartland Winds.
He and his wife Tracey are the proud parents of Kelsey (a 7th grade oboe player), and Will (a future percussionist).