2018 Trojan Marching INvitational
Dr. Eric Harris: Music Effect
Eric L. Harris is Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University where he is director of The Golden Eagle Marching Band, conducts the university Concert Band, and teaches classes in instrumental music education and music appreciation. Prior to his appointment at TTU, he taught for twelve years in the public schools of Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, his middle and high school bands earned numerous superior ratings in concert and marching events across the state. In 1997, Dr. Harris was honored as one of twelve Time-Warner Star Teachers selected from over 6,000 instructional staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.
Dr. Harris is a member of the American School Band Director’s Association and has enjoyed teaching, conducting, and judging invitations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Mississippi. Other professional affiliations include NAfME, CBDNA, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. He is the author of Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Wind Band Student – a three-volume music theory workbook series published by NorthLand Music Publishers. Most recently he served as a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, Volume Two and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. In December of 2011, Dr. Harris presented a session at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic entitled, "The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands."
David McDaniel: Music Ensemble
Throughout his career as a music educator, David McDaniel has taught instrumental music in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. His concert and marching bands have competed nationally earning finalist placement at competitions such as the Grand Nationals Adjudicators Invitational and Bands of America. Mr. McDaniel has presented feature clinic performances with his bands at state, regional, and national professional conferences across the United States and has been invited as a guest speaker and lecturer for university classes.
He has an extensive background in teaching and conducting beyond school ensembles that include; drum & bugle corps, community youth orchestras, individual lessons through private studios, and church music programs. He has also overseen percussion and guard units in the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, who under his direction have won state and championship titles. In addition, Mr. McDaniel has had band arrangements commissioned by various high schools and colleges.
David McDaniel has served as an adjudicator for marching and concert band festivals throughout the Southeast including the 2012 Louisiana State Marching Band Championships. A graduate of Jacksonville St. University, David is in his 29th year of teaching and is currently serving the Oxford City Schools, located in Oxford, AL, as Director of Bands. He is married to Aletha Sharpston McDaniel, has two children, and two beautiful granddaughters.
Tyler Edrington: Visual Effect
Tyler Edrington began his performance career in the early 2000’s while growing up in Ooltewah, Tennessee. His performance experience includes Ooltewah High School, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, Capella Winterguard and Paramount Winter Guard.
Tyler has been surrounded with music since the age of seven where he was a 10-year member of the Chattanooga Boys Choir. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he began to pursue a degree in music education with an emphasis on saxophone. Tyler had the opportunity to perform at the U.S. Navy band saxophone symposium and is a founding father of the Chattanooga Chapter, Delta Upsilon.
Tyler has been designing and choreographing for a number of independent and scholastic programs across the country including Bellbrook HS, Eastlake HS, Kettering Fairmont HS, Oñate HS , Ooltewah HS, Sprayberry HS, Soddy Daisy HS, Allegoria, Paramount and Reverie. Tyler is excited to be joining The Company Performance Ensemble (UK) for their 2018 season as both a designer and choreographer.
Since 2012, Tyler has been a technician, primary designer, choreographer and the Color Guard Caption Head (2014-present) for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
Tyler currently resides in Ooltewah, Tennessee. When he’s not teaching, Tyler works in the real estate industry with The Edrington Team and enjoys cooking, fishing and traveling with his friends and family.
Tim Dolan: Visual Ensemble
Tim Dolan has been involved in the marching arts activity for over thirty years as a marching member, instructor, designer, consultant, and adjudicator. Programs for which he has designed and instructed have been Bands of America (BOA) Regional Champions, WGI Medalists, Multiple State Champions and USSBA National Championship Medalists. These programs include Bassett HS, Ooltewah HS, Soddy-Daisy HS, Elizabethton HS, Southeast Independent Winter Guard, Nuendo Winter Guard and others. He is a Level 2 graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy. Most recently, he served as Chief Judge for the CIPA Winter Guard Circuit.
Professionally, Tim is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Tennessee and is the owner of doghaus [creative!], a design strategy and forecasting firm. He also serves as an Adjucnt Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture + Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville!
Dr. Colin Hill: Percussion
Dr. Colin J. Hill is currently the Assistant Professor of Percussion Studies at Tennessee Tech University. As an active performer, Colin has been invited to perform concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He performs regularly with the BluHill Percussion Duo, Nief-Norf Project, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and the TTU Faculty Jazz Combo. Other performing credits include the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Bloomington Pops Orchestra, REP Theatre Company, and the Bluegrass Area Jazz Association Big Band.
As an educator, Colin has appeared as a guest artist and clinician at universities and high schools throughout the United States and has been invited to present clinics at several PAS Days of Percussion and PAS International Conventions. He has served as a faculty member for Centre College, the Central Music Academy, Music for All Summer Symposium, and the University of North Texas Drumline Camp.
Colin holds degrees from The University of North Texas (B.M.), Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (M.M.), and The University of Kentucky (D.M.A) and is a sponsored artist of Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Pearl/Adams.
Amy Stewart - Color Guard
Amy Stewart has been involved in colorguard and pageantry activities since 1992. She currently serves on the board of directors of CIPA to facilitate indoor marching opportunities. Her marching experience includes Infiniti Winterguard, the 2000 WGI Independent A Class Champion. She was also the co-director of Southeast Independent Winterguard, a three-time WGI Independent A Class Finalist.
Amy has enjoyed judging and teaching marching band and winterguard in Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. Professionally, Amy is a manager of hospital volunteers and auxiliary services. She resides in Johnson