Eric L. Harris, B.M.E., M.M.E., D.M.A.
Eric L. Harris is Director of the Golden Eagle Marching Band and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. Prior to his appointment at TTU, he taught for twelve years in the public schools of Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, his middle and high school bands earned numerous superior ratings in concert and marching events across the state. In 1997, Dr. Harris was honored as one of twelve Time-Warner Star Teachers selected from over 6000 instructional staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.
Dr. Harris holds the B.M.E. degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He also holds the M.M.E. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi (in Hattiesburg) where he studied with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo.
Dr. Harris is an elected member of the American School Band Director's Association and has enjoyed teaching, conducting, and judging invitations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. Other professional affiliations include CBDNA, NAfME, the National Band Association, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.
He is the author of Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Windband Student - a three-volume music theory workbook series published by NorthLand Music Publishers. He has also served as a contributing writer for Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band – Volume Two, and most recently, for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition.
In December of 2012, Dr. Harris presented a session entitled, The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.