THE BATTALION EDUCATION & DESIGN STAFF
BRIAN ELLIS - PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Brian Ellis is currently in his tenth year as the band director at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, KY. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Kentucky (2000) and his Master’s in Leadership from the University of the Cumberland’s (2013). Brian also holds a Rank I in administration form the University of the Cumberland’s (2020).
Prior to teaching in Hardin County, Brian was the director of bands at Marshall County High School (2008-2009), Shelby County High School (2002-2007) and East Jessamine High School (2000-2001). His bands consistently receive distinguished ratings both in concert and marching band. While at John Hardin High School, Shelby County High School, and East Jessamine High School, the bands have been recognized as a Kentucky state finalist multiple times. In 2019, John Hardin earned a finalist position in the WGI Winds division class A in Dayton, OH.
Brian is in high demand as an adjudicator, judging in his home circuit with the Tristate
Marching Arts and out of state in the Texas Colorguard Circuit, North Texas Colorguard
Association, Atlantic Indoor Association, Michigan Colorguard Circuit, Winterguard Arizona
and West Coast Winterguard in the general effect and design analysis captions. He has also
judged for Drum Corps Midwest (1999-2002). He also designs visual programs for numerous
organizations including the Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps and Troopers Drum
and Bugle Corps in 2021.
Brian has served on the visual staff of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, OH and was recently the Visual Caption Head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming.
Brian has been active in the Kentucky Music Educators Association throughout his career. He
is currently the district four large ensemble assessment manager and the district four marching band committee representative. He has also served as the district five marching band committee representative while teaching in that district. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and Phi Beta Mu (an honorary band masters service organization).