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Dr. Brian P. Harris is retired Director of Bands at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining the MCC faculty, he taught public school band and was Associate Professor of Music at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he conducted ensembles and taught courses for future band and orchestra directors.
He holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University, the Master of Music Education from Louisiana State University, and the Bachelor of Music from Samford University.
During his tenure at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Harris initiated the Young Band Repertoire Project, a multi-year endeavor to record, document, evaluate, analyze, and list information regarding repertoire for the young band (2nd & 3rd year players). He also provides teaching resources for band directors through his Bandroom.com Publications website.
During his time at McLennan, he conducted the college Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, the Waco Area Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Waco Community Band. He is author of the method book Directional Warm-Ups for Band. He has published and presented clinics and research at state and national levels.
In retirement, he and his wife Sarah (also a retired band director) spend much of their time playing in community music groups and traveling around the globe. They especially enjoy meeting and hearing bands in other countries and frequently coordinate personal travels to clinic and guest conduct school and community bands.
Selected YouTube Postings
(a few of my live concert recordings)
Waco Community Band
Invercargill March - Alex F Lithgow
Golden Rule March – Edwin Franko Goldman
Light Cavalry Overture - Franz Von Suppe
Mancini Spectacular - Warren Barker
Good Swing Wenceslas - Sammy Nestico
Two Gershwin Songs (Karen Albrecht, vocalist)
Medley from “Carousel” (Karen Albrecht, vocalist)
Stephen Foster Revisited - arr. James Ployhar
McLennan Community College
The U.S. Field Artillery March - JPSousa/Harris
Night on Fire - John Mackey
Flat Out and Wide Open - Barry Kopetz