Dr. Brant Karrick, Guest Conductor
Brant Karrick joined the faculty of Northern Kentucky University in the fall of 2003 as Director of Bands. His prior teaching experience includes nine years at the University of Toledo and seven years of public school teaching in Kentucky. At NKU, he administrates the entire band program including the Symphonic Winds, the Concert Band and the Basketball Pep Band. He also teaches classes in conducting, music education, marching band techniques, and assists with student teacher supervision. In addition to his responsibilities at NKU, Dr. Karrick is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, composer, and music arranger. His band compositions have been performed around the country, in Europe, and in Australia.
Karrick began his service as a public school teacher in 1984 at Beechwood School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. In 1986 he returned to his alma mater, Bowling Green (KY) High School, as the Director of Instrumental Music. His concert bands received superior ratings at regional and state concert festivals every year of his five year tenure there, and in 1988 his marching band was named Class AA State Champion.
In the fall of 1991 Karrick entered the Ph. D. program in Music Education at Louisiana State University, completing the degree in 1994. His prior education includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville which he completed in 1982, and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University, completed in 1984. Dr. Karrick's musical life has been influenced by many individuals. He studied trumpet with Leon Rapier, music education with Cornelia Yarborough, and conducting with Frank Wickes. His primary composition teachers were David Livingston, Steve Beck, and Cecil Karrick. His professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, ASCAP, the National Band Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.
Erich Zimmerman, Preparation Conductor
Mr. Zimmerman has served as the conductor for TVW in preparation for this eveningís concert. He is currently in his 20th year as a music educator in Middle TN. He began his teaching career in Sumner County, then transferred to Davidson Co. for 10 years, before moving to Rutherford County where he is currently the Co-Director of bands at Rock Springs Middle and Christiana Middle Schools.
In addition to teaching, he remains active in performance, being a founding member of the Capitol Brass Quintet. Prior to teaching, Mr. Zimmerman was a trumpet instrumentalist with the United States Navy Band, Washington D.C. His tour of duty included a 1988 national tour and weekly concerts. He was also a free lance musician in the Washington D.C. area.
Mr. Zimmermanís education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from TN Tech Univ., a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Univ. of Texas, and a Masterís + 30 certificate from MTSU in Administration and Supervision. He is a member of the Music Educatorís National Conference, the TN Music Education Assoc. where he served on the Board of Directors, and a member of Mid-TN Band Orchestra Assoc. where he served as President. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha, a professional music fraternity, and Phi Beta Mu, an honorary band directorís fraternity.