BMS Band Directors
Teresa J. Elliott is currently in her 35th year of teaching, and her 23rd with the Fayette County Public Schools. Since 2001, she has served as the Director of Bands at Beaumont Middle School and Garden Springs and/or Rosa Parks Elementary. Prior to this appointment she held the position of Director of Bands at Henry Clay High School and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, also in Fayette County. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Transylvania University and Asbury College as Professor of Clarinet.
Ensembles under Ms. Elliott’s direction have achieved both state and national recognition. In 2005, the Beaumont Symphonic Band performed at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and ensembles from Beaumont have performed at the KMEA Conference in 2004, 2007 and 2009. In addition, the Beaumont Middle School Jazz Band has been nationally recognized, receiving top honors in the inaugural Disney Jazz Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Elliott’s experiences have also included ten years in the public schools of Indiana. As Director of the Paoli Junior Senior High School Band, Ms. Elliott’s ensemble was the Midwestern Representative in the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles, California in 1984. While at Henry Clay High School, she initiated the first steel drum band in the state of Kentucky; and, in 1998, the Henry Clay Band performed in the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England.
A native of Winchester, Kentucky, Ms. Elliott began her instrumental training under Charles F. Campbell, Jr. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University, performing under the baton of Maestro Robert Hawkins, and holds masters degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky. During this time, she was also a student of Anthony Gigliotti, Principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and served as a Graduate Assistant in Clarinet and Instrumental Conducting with Phillip Miller.
Ms. Elliott has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including a finalist for the 2006 Ashland Teacher of the Year, the 2005 “Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year”, presented by Phi Beta Mu, the KMEA Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2004, the Ashland “Teacher of the Year” Apple Award recipient in 2000, and was awarded the WBDI “Scroll of Excellence” in 1996. She is currently on the staff for the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music summer European Tours, and, serves as an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. Ms. Elliott’s professional affiliations include active memberships in KMEA, MENC, Women’s Band Directors International, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, and the National Band Association.
An avid runner, Ms. Elliott enjoys participating in local 5K and 10K races. She has also trained for and completed the Walt Disney World and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathons.
Willow Cooper is in her fifth year as Assistant Director of Bands at Beaumont Middle School and James Lane Allen Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to this assignment, she also taught band at Leestown Middle and Johnson Elementary Schools. A 2000 graduate from Henry Clay High School, Miss Cooper was a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band from 2000-2005, and was the recipient of the prestigious Harold Bennett "Blue Spirit" Award. Miss Cooper earned her Masters Degree in Music Education from UK in 2011. She has served on the staffs of many local band camps including Henry Clay, Dunbar, Bryan Station and George Rogers Clark High Schools, and performs regularly with the MetroGnomes Jazz Ensemble. She currently resides in Lexington with her dogs Roxie and Punch.
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- Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013