Duncanville MS Director of Bands
A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Brooke Mason is teaching her first year at Duncanville Middle School. Ms. Mason previously taught at Sipsey Valley
Middle and High School from 2016- 2019. Between her time at Sipsey Valley and Duncanville, Ms. Mason earned her Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Alabama. While at UA, she worked with the Million Dollar Band, and taught classes such as Teachihng Instrumental Music, Teaching Brass Methods, and Basics in Music. Ms. Mason has presented research at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, and the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference.
Ms. Mason is excited to be a part of the Duncanville Middle School team and looks forward to working with these great students!
Our Hillcrest Band Staff
Hillcrest Middle School Director of Bands
Hillcrest High School Director of Bands
Ms. Miller holds both her BA (2016) and M.Ed. (2018) in Music Education from Auburn University. While at Auburn, she studied clarinet under the direction of Dr. David Odom, performed with the Auburn University Symphonic Winds and the Auburn Community Orchestra as the principal clarinetist, and served as the clarinet section leader of the Auburn University Marching Band for two years. She also performed with the Alabama Intercollegiate Band in 2013 and 2015 under the direction of Colonel John R. Bourgeois and Dr. John R. Locke, respectively, at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference.
While pursuing her Master's Degree, Ms. Miller served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Auburn University Bands. During this time, she studied conducting with Dr. Corey Spurlin and Dr. Rick Good and had the opportunity to work with numerous ensembles at the University.
Ms. Miller's professional affiliations include membership with the Alabama Music Educators Association, the National Bandmaster's Association, the National Association for Music Education, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Service Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Hillcrest High School Associate Director of Bands
William Christian is in his second year of teaching as the Associate Band Director of Hillcrest High School. He teaches the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble and assists with the Wind Ensemble and "Pride of Patriot Parkway."
Mr. Christian grew up in Hoover, AL and is a proud alumnus of Hoover High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Instrumental Music Education, where he served the CNAfME chapter as Vice President. He has also performed euphonium with the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and Alabama Symphonic Band, while also having played French horn and percussion in the Alabama Concert Band. His marching expertise comes from his membership in the Million Dollar Band in which he was named section leader, as well as serving as a marching tech at several band camps in the greater Birmingham area. Mr. Christian is currently finishing his Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of Alabama and is set to graduate in May 2020. During his graduate studies he spent his time teaching college courses on wind instruments, general music, band conducting, and music education. He also assisted assigned professors with many undergraduate classes and was a school clinical supervisor. Mr. Christian is thankful for the enrichment he received under the tutelage of many of his professors, including Dr. Kenneth Ozzello, Dr. Carl Hancock, Mr. Randall Coleman, Dr. Jeremy Crawford, and Dr. Demondrae Thurman.
Mr. Christian is an active member of the Alabama Music Education Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association, and has spent much of his time observing and learning from great teachers around the nation; he's even been to several schools in Texas! Mr. Christian also performs with the Alabama Winds to keep his performance experience relevant and fresh. In his free time Mr. Christian loves to play video games, watch sports, and freely practice his instruments.