A native of Christian County, Mr. Bryant is in his 12th year as Band Director at Madisonville North Hopkins High School. Prior to his appointment at Madisonville North, Mr. Bryant held similar posts at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School (2000-2001), East Jessamine High School (1998-2000), Mercer County High Schools (1987-1998), and Todd County Central High School (1985-1987).
Over the past 27 years, Mr. Bryant has directed marching bands to 9 state championships (Mercer Co. 1996 & Madisonville North Hopkins 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011 and 2012), 17 State Finals appearances (Mercer County 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997; East Jessamine 1998, 1999; Madisonville North Hopkins 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 53 Grand Championship titles (most notably the Murray State University Festival of Champions 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010; and the Kentucky Pageantry Arts Association Grand Champion 2004, 2005)as well as the Music City Invitational (MCI) in Nashville TN in 2012. Mr. Bryant also holds the distinction of being the only band director to have directed a state finalist band in every class (A, AA, AAA, AAAA) under the previous classification system based on band size. In addition to Mr. Bryant’s marching bands, his concert bands have been rated distinguished 16 times out of 18 performances.
In 2003 Mr. Bryant was selected to direct the Kentucky Lions All State Band in their preparation and performance for the International Lions Parade in Denver, CO. Mr. Bryant also directed the Lions Bands in subsequent performances in Detroit, MI (2004), Boston, MA (2005), and was invited to return for their 2006 performance in Chicago, IL. In 1995, Mr. Bryant was selected and sponsored by Hitachi Corporation to guest conduct bands at Osano and Mito City, Japan.
In addition, Mr. Bryant is also an active drill designer and arranger, having written drills for over 40 bands in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and New Jersey. He also has served as a marching band adjudicator throughout Kentucky as well as judging the state championships in Tennessee and South Carolina. In 1999, Mr. Bryant received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching at East Jessamine Middle School and has been listed in Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers on several occasions over the years.
Mr. Bryant holds a Master of Music Degree from Austin Peay State University (1987) and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Western Kentucky University (1985). His professional memberships include the Kentucky Education Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity.
Alan Emerson, a native of Owensboro, KY, graduated from Daviess Co. High School (1988) and received his BME (1994) and MME (2004) degrees from Murray State University. Mr. Emerson began his teaching career in Owensboro at Audubon Elementary School and Apollo High School.
In 1995 Mr. Emerson began teaching for the Hopkins County School system and is currently working with Madisonville North Hopkins High School and James Madison Middle School Bands. James Madison Middle School (180 students, grades 6-8) currently has 37% of the student body involved in the instrumental music program. The 7th and 8th grade bands continually receive distinguished ratings at KMEA large ensemble festival. James Madison Bands are also involved with KMEA All-District band and solo and ensemble festival. James Madison bands have also competed in the "Music in the Parks" festivals and have been rated superior on each occasion and winning all classifications, including high school, in 2004.
Madisonville North Hopkins High School Band (120 Members) offers many outstanding ensembles for its students: Marching Band (fourteen state finals appearances and five state championships), Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Choir, Chamber Winds, and two Winter Guards. Mr. Emerson proudly team-teaches these ensembles with Mr. Rob Bryant and Mr. Randy Adams. Madisonville North Hopkins has marched at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, President Clinton's Second Inauguration, and the World War II monument dedication.
Besides his teaching duties in Hopkins County, Mr. Emerson is also an active arranger for high school marching bands with over 60 shows to his credit. Mr. Emerson’s drum and bugle corps experience includes Star of Indiana (1988), The Crossmen (1994-1998) and Eklipse (2003). Mr. Emerson is a SBDM committee member at James Madison Middle School. Mr. Emerson has been awarded the KMEA 2nd District Middle School "Music Educator of the Year" three times and is the 2004 recipient of the Hopkins County Middle School "Teacher of the Year". Mr. Emerson is married to Sarah, an English teacher at Madisonville-North Hopkins.
A native of Tell City, Indiana, Mr. Adams is in his fourteenth year as Band Director at Browning Springs Middle School and Assistant Director at Madisonville North Hopkins High School. He received his BME ('96) and MME ('06) from Murray State University.
His teaching accomplishments include twelve distinguished ratings with Browning Springs and thirteen distinguished ratings with Madisonville North Hopkins at the KMEA 2nd District Concert Band Festival. He has also helped Madisonville North Hopkins achieve ten appearances at the KMEA Marching Band Finals including eight state championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 2011 and 2012. Mr. Adams is a current member of the School Based Decision Making Committee at Browning Springs. He has been included in the Who's Who Among American Teachers and National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers publications. He is a member of the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, Percussive Arts Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity.
Mr. Adams is married to his wife, Sara, who earned her doctoral degree in Music at Florida State University and is an Assistant Professor of Music at Madisonville Community College.