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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Bands
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Bands
Congratulations to the 2019 State Finalist PLD Marching Band!
We are the Dunbar Band.
Our award-winning band program includes the highly competitive Dunbar Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Color Guard, and Winter Guard. Our membership proudly represents the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in honor bands across the state, competitions nationwide, and as ambassadors of music around the world. We welcome you to check us out, come enjoy a concert with us, or cheer us on at a ballgame or competition. Go Dunbar!
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Meet the Directors
BRIAN MORGAN, DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Mr. Morgan comes to us with over thirty years of experience as a music educator, arranger, and composer. A former member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corp, he studied under James Campbell and Bret Kuhn. He then went on to teach the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the Bluegrass Brass Senior Corps. While earning his undergraduate degree, he instructed the University of Kentucky Marching Band, University of Kentucky Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and the Eastern Kentucky University Marching Band.
Mr. Morgan has been with Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for 27 years. During this time, the Dunbar band has been a KMEA State Marching Band finalist twenty five times, and has won seven KMEA State Championships.
Mr. Morgan earned his B.M.E. and M.M. (music theory/composition) from Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied with Jason Koontz and Rob James. He is an educational artist for Innovation Percussion drum sticks and mallets.
KEVIN CHRISTIE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Mr. Christie is a native of Humboldt, Tennessee and holds a Degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University as well as a Master of Music Degree from Morehead State University.
Mr. Christie began his teaching career in 1998 and has held positions in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. Throughout his career, his middle school and high school bands have consistently received Distinguished and Superior Ratings at district, state and national level festivals and competitions, both in concert and marching band. Mr. Christie marched as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and also taught as brass instructor for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 1999-2002.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Kentucky Music Educators' Association (KMEA), Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and has served in a number of District and State offices for the KMEA.
BRIAN ROBINSON, COLOR GUARD DIRECTOR
PLD welcomed Brian and his staff during the 2009 season, bringing excitement and experience to the program. Brian is a Dunbar Band alumnus who played Baritone in the 2003 State Champion Band (the first one in class AAAA). He was also a member of the 2004 Winter Guard Tri-State Championship.
After graduation from PLD, Brian marched with the Madison Scouts, the Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Cadets (where he had a lead role in the Mad Hatter), and the Cavaliers who won high guard at DCI that year. He also marched four years at the Pride of Cincinnati, winning 2 golds and 2 silvers.
Thank You For Your Support...We welcome and greatly appreciate any and all donations, from individuals or businesses, made in support of the PLD Band Program. The Paul Laurence Dunbar Band Parents Association is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization as defined by the IRS. Please be assured that 100% of your donation goes directly to support the activities and expenses of the PLD Bands. We have 0% administrative costs as all administrative duties are performed by parent volunteers. All band expenditures are monitored and approved by the Band Parent Board of Directors who are elected each year by the full BPA membership. Your donation will have a direct impact on the performance level of each band member. We thank you in advance for your heartfelt consideration and any generous donation you decide to make!