Derek Harris is a recent graduate at West Texas A&M University, studying wind conducting and music performance. Prior to his time as a graduate assistant, he served as the Associate Band Director (2008-09) and then Band Director (2009-2013) at Caprock High School in Amarillo, TX. During his time there, Mr. Harris’s bands received consistent high marks in concert, sight-reading and marching contests as well as increased participation in region-wide honor bands and band camps. He is an active saxophone performer and private lesson instructor. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, College Band Directors Nationals Association, College Music Society, and World Association of Symphony Bands and Ensembles and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Harris holds a Bacherlor of Music Education (2007) and a Masters of Music Performance (2015) from West Texas A&M University.