aLL-STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND
Kim Bain

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Kim Bain is in her thirteenth year as Director of Bands at Louis Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.  Ensembles under her leadership have consistently been cited for musical excellence at both the state and national levels throughout her 28 years of teaching.  Ms. Bain was presented the Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator Award at the 2018 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference.  She was named 2012 Teacher of the Year for the Vestavia Hills City Schools.  In 2013, her Symphonic and Concert Bands performed at the Music for All National Middle School Music Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. The John Phillip Sousa Foundation awarded the Sudler Cup to the Pizitz Band program that same year.  She was awarded the Phi Bet Mu, Rho Chapter, Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2014.  That same year the Pizitz Symphonic Band performed at the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference at the University of North Florida.  In December of 2014, the band performed at the 15th Annual Southeastern United States Middle School Clinic at Troy University.  The Pizitz Band was declared a national winner of the National Band Association’s Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in 2015, and in December of 2015 her band performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.  In 2017 the Pizitz Jazz Band and Percussion Ensembles performed at the Alabama Music Educator’s Conference and the Symphonic Band performed at the Music for All Regional Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  In February of 2018 the Pizitz Band performed at the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference at the University of South Florida. Ms. Bain received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in November 2010.  She has served as a clinician for the Alabama Bandmaster’s Association and guest conducted numerous honor bands and camps in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a Master of Arts in Music Education, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Alabama.  She also holds a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Ms. Bain’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu.  In addition to her teaching activities, Ms. Bain is an active freelance musician in the Birmingham area, and saxophone instructor at Samford University.


aLL-STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND
David Puckett

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David Puckett is currently band director in Keller I.S.D, Texas, where he opened both South Keller Intermediate and Indian Springs Middle School in 2001.  Mr. Puckett began teaching as a Texas music educator in 1997 and has taught at both the middle and high school levels. He teaches beginner brass classes, as well as team-teaches three performance bands, jazz band and percussion ensembles with his colleagues. Mr. Puckett was named the recipient of the 2013 John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup. In 2014 the Indian Springs Band was a feature performance group at The Midwest Clinic. The ISMS band program has made it to the state level of the TMEA Honor Band process three times and won the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band competition allowing them the honor to perform at the 2016 TMEA convention as the CCC Honor Band. In 2016 Music for All’s National Concert Band festival selected their group to travel to Indianapolis in March 2017 to perform. Choice Music’s Mark of Excellence has recognized Indian Springs eleven times in the National Wind Band Honors contest, once in the Citation of Excellence and once in National Jazz Honors. Mr. Puckett’s bands receive consistent Superior ratings at Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests as well as many Best in Class or outstanding bands of the day recognition at local festivals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Students from Mr. Puckett’s program consistently have the high individual representation at District and Region level honor bands and Superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests. Mr. Puckett is a member of: Phi Beta Mu – Alpha Chapter, an International Bandmasters Fraternity where he serves on the public relations committee; the Texas Music Educators Association; the Texas Bandmasters Association and enjoys regular visits to The Midwest Clinic. Mr. Puckett serves on the Texas UIL PML Music Selection Committee, has served in several offices at the TMEA region level, and currently serves as lead teacher of the seven Keller ISD middle school band programs. Mr. Puckett was a national finalist in Music and Arts National Educator of the year and has been Indian Springs Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. He thoroughly enjoys spending time outside of his own band hall as a band consultant, clinician, conductor, adjudicator, mentor and trombone performer. He has presented clinics at TMEA, TBA, TCU, SMU and many independent school districts in Texas. Mr. Puckett is humbled to be invited to work with the students as the 2018 Georgia Music Educators All-State MS Honor band conductor.  Mr. Puckett graduated with his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Nebraska –Lincoln and now resides in Keller, Texas with his loving wife Becky, beautiful daughter Rachel and surround by millions of fibers of joy from his two golden retrievers and calico cat.


aLL-STATE Concert BAND
Dr. Rebecca Phillips

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aLL-STATE Concert BAND
Mary K. Schneider

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aLL-STATE Symphonic BAND
dR. Paula A. Crider

Following a distinguished 33 year teaching career, Professor Paula A. Crider continues to share her passion for making music through an active schedule as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator. She has enjoyed engagements in 47 states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zesland. Professor Crider has taught in the public schools at all levels, and holds the unique distinction of having been the first female in the state of Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school. Her Crockett High School Bands in Austin, Texas enjoyed both state and national recognition for musical excellence on the concert stage, and were twice named Texas 5A State Marching Champions. A tenured Full Professor at The University of Texas, Crider conducted the Symphony Band, and was Director of the acclaimed University of Texas Longhorn Band. During her 17 year tenure, she was twice accorded the “Eyes of Texas” Award for distinguished teaching. She continues to serve as visiting guest professor at universities throughout the country. She has written numerous articles for The Instrumentalist, The Band Directorʼ s Guide, the National Band Association Journal, and has published manuals for Brass Techniques, Marching Band Methods and Instrumental Conducting. She is co-author for the Hal Leonard “Masterwork Studies” series, and author of The Composerʼ s Legacy, Conductors on Conducting for Wind Band  published by GIA. Professor Crider has presented professional teacher seminars throughout the United States, and has served as Music Director for the London New Year’s Day Parade. She is coordinator for the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, is senior Educational Consultant for Conn-Selmer, Inc., and serves on the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Board of Directors. Crider is a Past President of the National Band Association, and the American Bandmasterʼ s Association. Awards and honors include the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award, the Sudler Legion of Merit, The Women Band Directorʼ s International Rose, The Grainger Society Medal, the National Band Association AWAPA Award, 2004 Texas Bandmaster of the Year, Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, and the Midwest Medal of Honor. In 2013, she was honored with a Doctor of Music Education Honoris Causa  from the Vandercook School of Music. She was inducted into both the Women Band Directors International and the National Band Association Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was elected to the Phi Beta Mu International Hall of Fame.


aLL-STATE Symphonic BAND
Dr. Sarah McKoin

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