Meadows Faculty Member Brian Merrill Receives 2013 Meritorious Achievement Award from Texas Bandmasters Association
Award presented for outstanding commitment to music education
Brian Merrill, adjunct assistant professor and coordinator of music education at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA). TBA President Alfredo Vélez III will present the award to Merrill during the annual TBA Convention/Clinic in San Antonio, Texas, July 21-24.
The Texas Bandmasters Association promotes the value of music education in society and the important role instrumental music plays in people’s cultural, intellectual and social lives. Each year, TBA recognizes those who have made a difference in the lives of band students in Texas. It is a tradition dating back to 2000 for TBA to honor those who exemplify the qualities of an exemplary band director with the Meritorious Achievement Award.
This year marks the 66th annual Convention/Clinic hosted by TBA. More than 6000 band directors, music teachers and university music students from across the state will attend the convention in San Antonio. TBA presents over 60 educational clinics and professional concerts to its membership of those working in or retired from the music education profession. TBA also designed special full-day programs for first-year and new-to-Texas directors, middle and high school band students, and Booster Club members. An exhibit hall of over 650 vendors presenting the latest products from leaders in the music industry will be available to convention attendees. The TBA website www.texasbandmasters.org offers information on the Convention/Clinic and an extended catalog of educational material for band directors, music teachers and students.
At SMU, Merrill teaches courses in rehearsal techniques, wind literature and marching band techniques. He also collaborates with colleague Lynne Jackson in teaching graduate courses designed specifically for active band directors. His other duties include student teaching supervision and academic advising.
Merrill started his teaching career at Lamar Junior High School and Nimitz High School in the Irving ISD. “I was fortunate to have mentors there who were supportive, patient and honest,” he says. “I also met other new directors there who have become lifelong friends and inspirations.”
After seven years in Irving, Merrill took a position at Duncanville High School, where he taught for the next 23 years. During the time he taught at DHS with Dr. Tom Shine, the noted Duncanville Wind Ensemble was named twice as the TMEA 5A Honor Band, performed twice at The Midwest Clinic, and was featured at the All Japan Band Conference. The wind ensemble was also presented the Sudler Flag of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The marching band won three UIL state championships, performed in the 100th Tournament of Roses Parade, and was recognized with the Sudler Shield of Honor.
Merrill is a past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association and serves TBA as the coordinator of the Academy for New Band, Choir and Orchestra Directors. He also served TMEA Region 20 as band division chair, region president and college division chair. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is a frequent adjudicator and guest conductor and currently works as a clinician/consultant for school band programs in Frisco, Highland Park, Mesquite, Midlothian, Plano, Rockwall and Waxahachie, Merrill grew up in Ft. Worth, graduating from Paschal High School. He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas.