Chris Harper, a native of Conyers, Georgia, is currently the Associate Band Director at Burke County Middle School in Waynesboro, Georgia. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Bands at Pepperell High School in Rome, Georgia (2014-2016), Metter Middle and High Schools, Metter, Georgia (2013-2014), the Director of Bands at Berrien High School, Nashville, Georgia (2011-2013), and the Director of Bands and Instructor of Music Technology at Screven County High School in Sylvania, Georgia (2001-2011). He earned his music education degrees from Valdosta State University (2001) and Troy University (2009). He is active as a consultant, guest conductor, and adjudicator for several marching band contests and festivals throughout the state. In addition, Mr. Harper serves as an interviewer for participant selection to the Governor’s Honors Program in instrumental music.
As a conductor, Mr. Harper intensively studied the psychology of musician motivation from a conductor’s perspective and advanced conducting with renowned educator and conductor Dr. Dale Lonis. Dr. Lonis focused on those facets through a rigorous three level program: The Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program located in Manitoba, Canada. Additionally, Mr. Harper represents a small group internationally who have studied the Saito Conducting Method from Wayne Toews and Morihiro Okabe in Saskatchewan, Canada (2006).
As a musician, trumpet, Mr. Harper has performed with the Albany (GA), Statesboro-Georgia Southern, and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras, the Jekyll Island Musical Theater Festival, and numerous church orchestras and ensembles. He has performed with musical personalities such as Doc Severinsen, Ken Trimmins, and John Fedchock.
Mr. Harper holds professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, The World, and American Education. Mr. Harper has been featured in The Instrumentalist Magazine, an international publication for band pedagogy, for his ideas of ensemble programming, integration of music technology within a wind band program, and practices for recruitment / retention of band students. Mr. Harper presented a clinic for the 2013 Georgia Music Educators Association, In-Service Conference entitled “Recruiting and Retaining in a Rural Setting.” His hobbies include research, historical world events, and arranging music for the bands he instructs. He is married to the amazing Kaye Harper, a 7th grade math teacher, and has two stepchildren Aden and Kaley.