Adjunct Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education
Brian Merrill currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Before coming to SMU, Mr. Merrill taught for 23 years at Duncanville High School and for seven years in the Irving ISD. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the University of North Texas. Mr. Merrill has twice been recognized with both the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association and the Leadership and Achievement Award from the Texas Music Educators Association. Under his direction, the Duncanville Honors Band earned 21 consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Awards and 11 Best in Class Awards at music festivals in Texas, Illinois, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Merrill served as co-conductor of the Duncanville Wind Ensemble from 1988 to 2006. During that time, the Wind Ensemble was twice named as the TMEA 5A Honor Band and was also presented the Sudler Flag of Honor by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation as a nationally exemplary concert band. The Wind Ensemble performed for the Music Educators National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Convention, the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic and the All Japan Band Directors Conference. Mr. Merrill also played an integral part on the staff of the Duncanville High School Marching Band. The Marching Band won UIL State Championships in 1986, 1990, and 2002. Mr. Merrill was President of the Texas Bandmasters Association in 2010. He also belongs to the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Music Educators Association and has served as band chairman, college division chair and region president for Region Twenty.
EducationM.M. and B.M. in Music Education, University of North Texas
5 years SMU, 23 years Duncanville High School, 7 years Irving ISD
Wind Literature for Secondary Schools, Instrumental Conducting Practicum, Marching Band Methods, Advanced Instrumental Methods and Materials, Music Education Practicum, Student Teacher Supervision
Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association