Mr. Brian Froedge – Director of Bands
Brian Froedge is currently the director of bands at North Hardin High School. This is Mr. Froedge’s eleventh year at North Hardin High School. Previously, he was the band director at Radcliff Middle School for six years. Mr. Froedge holds a BA in Music from Transylvania University and a MA in Music Education from Western Kentucky University. Under his direction, the Radcliff Middle School Bands and North Hardin High School Bands have received numerous honors. The marching band has been a Kentucky State Finalist, a Bands of America Regional Finalist, a Grand National Semi-Finalist, and a Regional class champion. In 2009, the marching band placed 2nd in the nation in class 2-A at Grand National Championships. Mr. Froedge’s concert bands have performed at the state convention and other invitational events. The concert bands at Radcliff Middle School and North Hardin have consistently received distinguished ratings at the District and State level.
In 1997, Mr. Froedge was named the Fourth District Middle School Music Teacher of the Year, and has been selected to Who’s Who among American teachers. In 1999, Phi Beta Mu honored him as the Outstanding Young Band Director in Kentucky. Mr. Froedge has served as a presenter at the KMEA In-Service Conference, and as a guest conductor, guest clinician, and adjudicator throughout the state of Kentucky. Additionally, Mr. Froedge has taught numerous sectional rehearsals with the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Mr. Froedge is a “Kentucky Colonel” and has been president of the Fourth District Band Directors Association. Mr. Froedge is a member of KMEA, MENC, Phi Beta Mu, and the National Band Association. Mr. Froedge has also had articles published in the Bluegrass Music News and NBA Journal. In 2006, Mr. Froedge was selected from a nation-wide group of applicants as one of two winners of the National Band Associations’ International Conducting Symposium, which took him to Italy to tour and conduct for a week. In 2007, Mr. Froedge was elected as the 4th District High School Music Teacher of the Year. Also is 2007, Mr. Froedge was named by KMEA as the Kentucky High School Music Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Daniel Reams – Assistant Band Director
Daniel Reams is originally from Elizabethtown, KY and is currently in his first year as the Assistant Band Director at North Hardin High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Louisville, where he studied saxophone with professor, John Moore and graduated with honors. Mr. Reams has performed in many outstanding ensembles including the University of Louisville Wind Ensemble from 2005 – 2009 and is currently a member of both the Heartland Winds Community Band in Elizabethtown, Kentucky as well as a member of Chamber Winds Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky where he plays saxophone. Currently, he is serving as the High School General Music Chair for KMEA Fourth District. Before his appointment as Assistant Band Director at North Hardin, he taught at Central Hardin High School.
Ms. Brittany Ford – Assistant Band Director
Miss Ford is in her fourth year as Director of Bands at North Middle School and Assistant Director at North Hardin High School. She has over 200 students from grades six through eight enrolled in the North Middle School program, a little less than 50% of the student population. Miss Ford received a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. While at UK, she served as the CMENC president and performed in the UK Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She studied clarinet with Dr. Scott Wright, and studied a semester of bassoon with Professor Peter Simpson. In 2010, she was awarded the George Hurst Memorial Scholarship for her advocacy for music education. Miss Ford graduated magna cum laud in 2010.
Under Ms. Ford’s direction, the North Middle School Band received distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Band Festival. Her students earned distinguished ratings at KMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival and actively participate in honors bands. Miss Ford has consistently had over forty students to be selected to the Fourth District All-District Bands over the past few years. Ms. Ford’s professional affiliations include MENC, KMEA, KEA and NEA. In 2013, Ms. Ford was awarded the Middle School Director of the Year from the Fourth District. She is currently serving as a district officer for KMEA and is on the Board of Directors for the Heartland Winds Community Band.
Miss Ford currently resides in Vine Grove with her fabulous dog Phoebe Lynn Ford.