Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 308
Director, The Golden Eagle Marching Band
D.M.A. The University of Southern Mississippi; M.M.E. The University of Southern Mississippi; B.M.E. Winthrop University
Eric L. Harris is Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University where he is director of The Golden Eagle Marching Band, conducts the university Concert Band, and teaches classes in instrumental music education and music appreciation. 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 6,000 instructional staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Dr. Harris is a 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, Indiana, and Mississippi. Other professional affiliations include NAfME, CBDNA, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. He is the author of Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Wind Band Student – a three-volume music theory workbook series published by NorthLand Music Publishers. Most recently he served as a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, Volume Two and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. In December of 2011, Dr. Harris presented a session at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic entitled, "The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands."
D.M.A. University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). M.M. Ithaca College. BME Miami University
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Brian Diller teaches conducting and directs the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band at Tennessee Tech University. He was recently awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he served as Music Director of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has previously served on the faculties of Ithaca College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Diller's scholarly research centers on integrating chamber music in the school music program. He was invited to present a paper on this topic at the 2014 College Band Directors National Association Conference on Music Education. Other research on band pedagogy has appeared as an article in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, volume 10 and two articles in Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band, both published by GIA.
Diller received a Masters degree in wind conducting from Ithaca College where he studied conducting with Stephen Peterson and Jeffrey Meyer. From 2007-2010 he served as Associate Director of Bands at Brentwood High School in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Diller holds undergraduate degrees summa cum laude in Music Education and Piano Performance from Miami University (OH). While at Miami, he was honored as winner of the Undergraduate Artist Performance Competition and received the 2007 Presser Scholar prize for excellence in music scholarship and performance.
An active pianist, Diller performs regularly as soloist, chamber recitalist, and studio musician; he has completed additional study in piano, chamber music, and conducting at France's Fontainebleau Conservatory. Having prepared arrangements in the recording studios of A. R. Rahman, India's most celebrated film composer, Diller is also an avid arranger and his works have been performed by orchestras, wind ensembles, and choirs across the country. Experienced in the marching milieu, he has also arranged and instructed brass with Nashville's Music City Drum Corps and various high school bands.