This week Nick Averwater talks about Hosting a Fall Beginner Band Concert with Jocelyn Hembruch and Tyler Hart, both from Desoto Central Middle School in Southaven, MS, and Trey Reely, who retired in 2019 after 23 years as middle school and high school Band Director in Paragould, AR, and 11 years at Riverview High School in Searcy, AR.
This Conversation was recorded October 12, 2021.
Jocelyn comes from Newburgh, Indiana where she grew up most of her life. Her endeavors in music started in the Castle Band program, known for its tradition of excellence. It was in the Castle band where her love for teaching music and performing flourished. In 2008, Jocelyn graduated with honors from CHS and pursued a degree in music education from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. While at Murray, Jocelyn participated in many performing groups and was principal flautist of the MSU Wind Orchestra that performed in Chicago, MSU Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, Jazz Band, and member of the University Chorale that performed in Carnegie Hall. She also was a founding member and participant of an capella group, The Muses, on campus. A big factor in Jocelyn’s college experience was being a member of the Racer Band. Not only was she a member for all five years, but for three years she served as drum major and leader of the band. Jocelyn is also a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity. She served in many capacities over the years including Corresponding Secretary and President of the Iota Beta chapter. Jocelyn concluded her college career graduating in May of 2013 Magna Cum Laude. Before coming to Desoto Central, Jocelyn held positions at well established band programs. In 2013, she was Assistant Band Director at Castle North Middle School in Newburgh, Indiana, while also assisting the high school with marching band. In 2015, she was the Assistant Band Director at Daviess County High School in Owensboro, Kentucky. Jocelyn also gave private lessons to students in her flute studio, provided masterclasses, and consulted for schools in Southern Indiana. Jocelyn was heavily involved in the Crossroads Christian Church music program that she attended with her husband and family. She was also a member of the Crossroads Christian Church Big Band. Jocelyn and her husband, Ben Hembruch, moved to Southaven summer of 2016 when she accepted the Assistant Band Director position. Ben is the Director of Bands at Horn Lake Middle School in Horn Lake Mississippi. The Hembruch’s now live in their first home in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Bio credits: dcspride.com | Photo credits: desotocountyschoools.org
Mr. Hart is in his seventh year of public school teaching. Prior to gaining a position at DeSoto Central Middle School, Mr. Hart was an assistant band director at at Paragould Jr. & Sr. High School. Mr. Hart has also previously taught with numerous programs as a staff member in Kentucky, Inidiana, and Arkansas. At Paragould, Mr. Hart taught the Jr. High Intermediate Band, beginning clarinets, beginning low brass, general music, and team taught the Sr. High Marching & Concert Bands. Mr. Hart was born and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. His brother was a trombone player and Mr. Hart was taken into the band world by storm. Although proficient on all instruments, Mr. Hart’s primary instrument is the euphonium. His previous teacher/private instructors include David Centers, Matt Baucum, Ray Conklin, John Fannin, Todd Hill, Bryan Heath, and Steven Mead (euphonium virtuoso). In high school, Mr. Hart was involved with many activities, including Marching band, pep band, jazz band, All-District band (principle euphonium 7th-12th grade), All-State band (principle euphonium 1 year), and All-State marching band, while maintaining a perfect GPA. After high school, Mr. Hart sought his bachelors degree in instrumental music education by attending Murray, Kentucky. He graduated summa cum laude in the fall of 2012. While in college, Mr. Hart became a member of the legendary Racer Marching band, rising as section leader and helping to plan the annual Festival of Champions marching contest. Aside from marching band, Mr. Hart was selected to perform with the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, where he sat as principle euphonium. As a member of the university wind ensemble, Mr. Hart premiered a student composition in a concert at the John F. Kennedy center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. also while in college, Mr. Hart marched with the crowd favorite Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, marching euphonium in 2010. In the 2013-2014 school year, Mr. Hart was awarded a full ride scholarship as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville. Mr. Hart most recently finished his Masters in Music Education at the University of Memphis.
Mr. Hart has a strong passion for teaching and playing his instrument. Many of his private lessons students have accomplished the goal of making all-district and all-state band. Mr. Hart is currently a member of ITEA (International Tuba Euphonium Association) and ITA (International Trombone Association). He is also an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity. Mr. Hart was recently married to his college sweetheart, Emily Hart. In his free time, Mr. Hart enjoys being outdoors and playing with his dogs Ruby and Darcy.
Bio and photo credits: desotocountyschoools.org
Trey Reely earned his Bachelor's of Education and Master’s in Education from Harding University. He began his teaching career at Paragould Middle School in 1985 and assumed the position at Paragould High School in 1991 where he taught for 17 years. He was the director of bands at Riverview High School in Searcy, Arkansas from the fall of 2008 until his retirement in 2019. He is currently the Executive Secretary of the Arkansas Small Band Association. In 2018, he was selected as the Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year.
Trey has served as a region chairman, a state chairman of ASBDA, and is an ASBOA past-president. He is a contributing editor to The Instrumentalist and has authored over 275 articles and five books. He has served as an adjudicator and clinician in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, and Pennsylvania.
Trey is married to his wife of 37 years, Ronda, and has three married children and four grandchildren, Liam, Brooks, Lily, and Margot.
Photo and bio credits: astate.edu.
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