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Nicholas Williams
Murphysboro Middle School Bands
Phone:(618) 684-3041, ext 2224

Nick Williams is a native of Murphysboro, Illinois, graduating from Murphysboro High School in 2003 with honors. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education, graduating cum laude in May 2007. While at SIU Carbondale, Nick studied band methods under Professor Michael Hanes, Director of Bands Emeritus, and current Director of Bands, Dr. Christopher Morehouse. He also studied conducting under Dr. Susan Davenport, Director of Choral Activities. As a trombonist, Nick performed in the SIUC Wind Ensemble, touring internationally with them to England during the summer of 2004, as well as the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I, the Marching Salukis, and the Saluki Pep Band. In July 2007, Mr. Williams was selected to become Director of Bands for Murphysboro Middle School. He teaches Band, Jazz Ensemble, 5th grade Beginning Band, 6th grade Music Theory, and 8th grade Music Appreciation.

In addition to being Director of Bands for Murphysboro Middle School, Nick serves as the Assistant Director for the Crimson Express Marching Band, where he teaches both visual and musical elements. His duties also include organizing and running Drums at Appletime, a local marching band competition held in conjunction with the Murphysboro Apple Festival. Previously, Mr. Williams has worked with the Pinckneyville High School and Belleville East High School band programs. He has also served on staff with SIU Carbondale’s own Marching Salukis as an undergraduate assistant, organizing and running their marching band competition, Music and Motion.

Mr. Williams is a member of The National Association for Music Education, and the Illinois Music Educator’s Association. He resides in Murphysboro, and in his free time loves listening to live music, and spending time with his family and friends. Nick is currently working towards his M.S.Ed., studying Educational Administration.

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Michael Moreland
Beginning Band and
Murphysboro High School Bands

Mr. Moreland is in his 5th year as Director of Bands at Murphysboro High School and his 20th year with the program. Mr. Moreland is a graduate of Brainerd Senior High School in Brainerd, MN and attended SIU Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State University, and John A Logan College before receiving his degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mr. Moreland is an alumni of the Belleville Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps where he marched from 1985-1989. Mr. Moreland has worked for several high schools in Southern Illinois as an instructor and arranger. Mr. Moreland has a beautiful wife, two awesome kids, and is an avid Minnesota Vikings, L.A. Lakers, and Saluki Fan.

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Stephanie Hanson
District 186 General Music Instructor
Blue Devil Band Color Guard Instructor

Stephanie Hanson is from Murphysboro, Illinois, where she currently lives and is an active citizen. She graduated from Murphysboro High School with high honors in 1998. In 2004 Mrs. Hanson graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. Her studies were focused in vocal and instrumental music, with her primary instrument being voice. During her years at SIUC she was a member of the SIUC Concert Choir, Choral Union, Marching Salukis and Symphonic Band. Her teaching style and techniques have been influenced by the teachings of Dr. John V. Mochnick, who is the former Director of Choral Activities at SIUC, and Dr. Katherine Hickey, former Kodály instructor at SIUC.

Aside from teaching elementary general music and coaching the Blue Devil Band Color Guard in Murphysboro, Mrs. Hanson also teaches private lessons in her home, and she is a director with the Southern Illinois Children’s Choir. Mrs. Hanson is a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference, the Illinois Music Educator’s Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

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Kenneth Parnell
Marching Tech


Kenneth Parnell is from Murphysboro, IL. He graduated from Murphysboro High School in 2009 with High Honors. He is currently a sophomore attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, pursuing a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. He has been involved with music by playing the Trumpet through Middle School and High School. He is currently a member of the Marching Salukis and still continues to play the Trumpet. This is his second year with the Marching Salukis.

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Joel Caskey
Percussion Tech


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