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2005 Show

Rob Bryant

A native of Christian County, Mr. Bryant is in his fifth year as band director of MNH. Prior to working at MNH, he was the assistant director at Paul Laurence Dunbar HS (2000-2001); director at East Jessamine HS (1998-2000); Mercer County HS (1988-1998); and Todd Central HS (1985-1987). His marching bands at Mercer County, East Jessamine, and MNH have reached the state finals at the KMEA State Championships in 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002. His band at Mercer County won the State Championship in 1996, while his band at MNH was the preliminary State Champion and finals State Runner-Up in 2002. In addition, his bands have been Bands of America Regional Finalists (Mercer County) and placed among the top five Class A bands at the 1997 Bands of America Grand Nationals. His bands at Mercer County, and East Jessamine accumulated 18 grand championships. Mr. Bryant's concert bands have consistently been rated Distinguished at Regional and State Concert festivals, this past year earning a Distinguished Plus.

Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Music Degree from Austin Peay State University. He is in demand statewide as an adjudicator, drill designer, and music arranger. His professional memberships include KEA, KMEA, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, and is featured in Whos Who among America's teachers. He is married (Carol), and has two children, Ami and Maroon Band member Kelsie.

Alan Emerson

A native of Owensboro, KY, received his BME (1994) and MME from Murray State University (2004). Mr. Emerson began his teaching career in Owensboro at Audubon Elementary School and Apollo High School. In 1995 Mr. Emerson began teaching for the Hopkins County School system and is currently working with Madisonville North Hopkins High School and James Madison Middle School Bands. James Madison Middle school currently has 42% of the student body involved in the instrumental music program. The 8th grade band has received a distinguished rating eight times at KMEA large ensemble festival since the school opened in 1995. Madisonville North Hopkins High School Band includes the following successful offerings for students: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Winds.

Besides his teaching duties in Hopkins County, Mr. Emerson is also an active arranger for high school bands and has several private trumpet students. Mr. Emersonís drum and bugle corps experience includes The Crossmen (1994-1998) and Eklipse (2003). Mr. Emerson has been awarded the KMEA 2nd District Middle School Music Educator of the year three times and is the 2004 winner of the Hopkins County Middle School teacher of the year.

Randy Adams

A native of Tell City, Indiana, Mr. Adams is in his tenth year as Band Director at Browning Springs Middle School and MNH assistant. He graduated from Murray State in 1996. During his collegiate years, Mr. Adams was a percussion major. He was 1st chair Wind Ensemble and featured soloist with the Percussion Ensemble. He also served as President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Chairman of Campus Lights productions. In 1996, he received the MSU "Outstanding Senior Man in Music" award. Under his direction, the band at BSMS has grown to involve just under 40% of the student body, and has received six consecutive distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Band Festival.

Mr. Adams was included in 2002-2003 "Who's Who in America." Mr. Adams is currently working on a Masters of Music Education degree at MSU. He is married to Sara.

Troy Jones

A Central City native, Mr. Jones is in his tenth year as Colorguard Director at MNH. Mr. Jones graduated Bremen High School and attended Kentucky Wesleyn as a Music Education Major. While at KWC, Mr. Jones was a member of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and served as Music Educators National Conference (MENC) President for two years. He was also a member of the Bluegrass Senior Drum and Bugle Corp.

While at MNH, Mr. Jones has developed an outstanding Winterguard program. The guard consistently places in the top ten within its division. The highlight of the Maroon Winterguard was winning the Silver Medal in 1996 in the Novice class at Southeastern Colorguard Circuit Championships. Mr. Jones is married (Jean), and has two children in the Maroon Band, Matt (class of 2003) and Grant (class of 2006).