Mr. Brian Froedge – Director of Bands
Brian Froedge is currently the director of bands at North Hardin High School. This is Mr. Froedge’s seventeenth year at North Hardin High School. Previously, he was the band director at Radcliff Middle School for six years, and the assistant director at North Hardin High School. Mr. Froedge holds a BA in Music from Transylvania University and a MA in Music Education from Western Kentucky University. 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, at the CKMENC Fall Conference, and has been a guest conductor, guest clinician, and adjudicator throughout the state of Kentucky. Brian 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 and in 2014, Mr. Froedge was elected as the 4th District High School Music Teacher of the Year. Also in 2007, Mr. Froedge was named by KMEA as the Kentucky High School Music Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Mr. Froedge was selected as the Kentucky representative for School Band and Orchestra’s “Fifty Directors That Make a Difference.” He is currently serving as the KMEA State Band Chair. Mr. Froedge served the conductor of the Heartland Winds Community Band from 2011-2016.
Under Mr. Froedge’s direction, his bands have received numerous honors. The marching band has been a consistent Kentucky State Finalist, a Bands of America Regional Champion, a Grand National Semi-Finalist, and a Regional class champion. In 2014 and 2016, the marching band placed 3rd in the nation in class 2A, and in 2009 and in 2013, the marching band placed 2nd in the nation in class 2A at Grand National Championships. In 2011 and 2012, the band was the champion of the Kentucky Bands of America Regional. Mr. Froedge’s concert bands have performed at the KMEA Professional In-Service Conference numerous times and at 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 2007 and in 2011, the North Hardin Wind Symphony performed at the Music for All National Concert Festival. In 2015, the North Hardin Band performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago
Mr. Daniel Reams – Assistant Band Director
Daniel Reams is in his sixth year of teaching and has served as the Assistant Director of Bands at North Hardin High School since 2013. At North Hardin he conducts the High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band I, Symphonic Band II, the North Hardin Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and assists with the North Hardin Wind Symphony. During his tenure as jazz director, the North Hardin Jazz Ensemble has received all distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association State Jazz Festival each year and the concert bands have consistently earned distinguished ratings at festival. Mr. Reams holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville, where he studied with saxophone professor, John Moore and graduated with honors. In addition to his duties as assistant director, Mr. Reams also has performed in many outstanding ensembles. He was a member of the University of Louisville Wind Symphony has played with numerous concert bands including Chamber Winds Louisville, Louisville Winds, and the Heartland Community Band. In 2013 he performed with Chamber Winds Louisville at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. During his tenure as the Assistant Director of Bands at North Hardin, the bands have been a consistent KMEA State Marching Band Finalist, BOA Regional Class Champion, and BOA Regional and Super-Regional Finalist. In 2015 the marching band was invited to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and in December 2015 the North Hardin Wind Symphony performed at the 69th Annual Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Reams is a former member of the board of director’s for the Heartland Winds and is currently the Jazz representative for KMEA Fourth District.
Ms. Brittany Ford – Assistant Band Director
Miss Ford is in her seventh year as Director of Bands at North Middle School and Assistant Director at North Hardin High School. She has over 180 students from grades six through eight enrolled in the North Middle School program, over 30% 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 performance 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 and graduated magna cum laud.
Under Miss Ford’s direction, the North Middle School Band has consistently received distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Band Festival. Her students have earned distinguished ratings at KMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival and actively participate in honors bands. The North Middle Symphonic band performed at the KMEA State Convention in 2014, and was selected as one of five middle school bands to perform at the Music for All’s National Middle School Festival in 2015. North Middle has consistently had over forty students to be selected to the Fourth District All-District Bands over the past few years. During her tenure as assistant director, the North Hardin band has performed the Music for All Festival 2011, KMEA In-Service conference in 2012 and 2017, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2015.
Miss Ford’s professional affiliations include MENC, KMEA, KEA and NEA. In 2013, Miss Ford was awarded the Middle School Director of the Year from the Fourth District. At the 2015 KMEA Conference, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Band Director Award by Phi Beta Mu. Miss Ford has been invited as a clinician in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arizona for middle school honor bands. She recently served on the board of directors for the Heartland Winds Community Band, and is a current district officer for KMEA.