Dr. Trey Harris (b. 1980) began his professional musical career as a trombonist playing in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (Okinawa, Japan) and Marine Forces Reserve Band (New Orleans, LA). After honorable discharge from service, he studied music education at Michigan State University, receiving a B.M.E degree. While working on his degree, Harris maintained an active schedule as a freelance trombonist, private trombone/euphonium teacher, and band director. Upon graduation, he moved to the Midwest and pursued a M.M. degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance.
During his time in Kansas City, Harris consistently performed as a trombonist and conductor, holding the position of 2nd trombone in The Peoples’ Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City. Receiving his M.M. in conducting in 2009 from UMKC, Harris continued his career as a public school band director achieving
success with both middle school and high school bands in Missouri and Florida. In 2017, Harris graduated with his Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. Dr. Harris served as Assistant Director of Bands at Kennesaw State University from 2017-2019. In addition to his work with the bands at Kennesaw State, Harris is served as guest conductor for the Georgia Brass Band during their NABBA Championship concert cycle as they entered the Championship Division for the first time in the GBB’s 20+ year history.
An advocate for new music, Harris has participated in multiple consortia leading to original compositions for wind band. Most recently, he led a consortium for composer, Adam Silverman. This resulted in a new work for upper high school/young college band called Raining Bricks in which Harris conducted the world premiere on April 12, 2018.
Beginning in July, 2019, Dr. Harris will assume his newest role as Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, MI. He maintains an active schedule as a trombonist, conductor, and clinician.
Photography by Christopher McGuire