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William Earvin

William Earvin
Jack Eaddy

Jack Eaddy
Mickey Smith Jr.

Mickey Smith Jr.

You Are What You Eat! How to Have a Balanced Band “Diet”

Clinic Synopsis:

A clinic for new and veteran educators: this session seeks to provoke discussion and provide the necessary ingredients for being a great music educator, examine unique experiences of a comprehensive music program regardless of geography or socioeconomic status, share innovative techniques, and consider what’s needed to continue the on-going process of developing yourself professionally. Participants will leave with a “grocery list” of ideas that can immediately be implemented in their programs.

Marcus Morris - Biographical Information

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Morris holds a BME & MME degree from Winthrop University and his Ed.S in Administration and Supervision & Doctorate in Professional Leadership (Music Education Emphasis) from Converse University. Mr. Morris studied under the tutelage of renowned conductors and clinicians Dr. William F. Malambri, Dr. Stan Michalski, Dr. Lorrie Crochet, and Dr. B. Michael Williams during his time at Winthrop. Dr. Morris remains active across the country as an adjudicator, presenter, performer, and clinician. He has presented multiple clinics for school district PD conferences. Nationally, Marcus has presented sessions at the NAfME Conference in Orlando, Florida, as well as music education conferences in South Carolina, Connecticut, Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, and Virginia. He has conducted honor bands in several states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia Mr. Morris is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, National Association for Music Educators, South Carolina Music Educators Association, Palmetto State Teacher’s Association, the South Carolina Band Directors Association, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

William Earvin - Biographical Information

Dr. William J. Earvin is currently an Educational Support Manager and Director of the HBCU Collective for Conn Selmer following a successful tenure as the Director of Bands at Baker High School. He is a native of Atlanta, GA, and is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. After graduating from Clark Atlanta, he began his music education career teaching in Georgia. He later pursued his graduate studies at Mississippi Valley State University where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education. Dr. Earvin earned his Doctorate in Education from Northcentral University specializing in Higher Education Leadership. At MVSU, he served as a graduate assistant in the Fine Arts Department and Assistant Director of Bands. Dr. Earvin also secured a position as the first African American Director of Bands at Mississippi Delta Community College. He has presented at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference, the Midwest Clinic, Music for All Summer Symposium, and the Louisiana Association of Student Assistance Programs convention. Dr. Earvin and his lovely wife Tamesha are the proud parents of four talented children.

Jack Eaddy - Biographical Information

Jack A. Eaddy, Jr., a native of Orangeburg, SC, is the Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University, where he serves as the Director of Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and conducts the Symphonic Band. Dr. Eaddy holds degrees from the University of North Texas, University of Georgia, and the Florida State University. Dr. Eaddy taught for twelve years in Orlando, FL, where he developed a program that was recognized throughout the state for maintaining high standards despite the challenges his students experienced. Dr. Eaddy received the FMEA Tom Bishop Award recognizing a director who turned a program around, making a positive difference. Dr. Eaddy has presented at several conferences, including the Midwest Clinic and CBDNA Southern Division and Athletic Band Conferences.

Mickey Smith Jr. - Biographical Information

Encourager. Educator. Entertainer. Those are just a few ways that some would describe me. As a keynote speaker and presenter my "sound" is perfect for your next conference, convention, professional development. As a recipient of Grammy Music Educator Award for 2020, I don't just instruct but I inspire both children and teachers through my motivational mixture of music and message. I blend the roles of educator & entertainer to create a dynamic keynote or professional development experience that entertains, educates and elevates everyone to excellence. I am dedicated to helping educators discover their sound. No matter what the classroom challenge I help others keep on going through motivation & professional development