AndreÂ´ Feagin is in his second year as Director of Bands at Watkins Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Memphis, TN where he conducts the wind symphony, symphonic band, cadet band, outdoor performing ensemble, and oversees all aspects of the recruitment and development of a creative and performing arts band program.
Prior to his arrival at Watkins Overton High he served for two years a wind studies graduate assistant at the University of Memphis. He was a frequent guest conductor of the University wind ensemble, symphonic band, and served as conductor of the University concert band. In addition he served as an Assistant Director of athletic bands. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, a Master of Music degree in instrumental wind conducting from the University of Memphis, and is currently completing postgraduate work in education at Freed- Hardeman University.
As a conductor, he has performed throughout the United States conducting performances in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Texas, North Carolina, and New York. In 2004 he made his professional conducting debut with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. In addition, he was the winner of the National Band Association Young Conductors Competition. His conducting mentors include Kraig A. Williams, Frank Wickes, James Keene, and Dr. Thomas Fraschillo. He has participated in masterclasses with Michael Votta, Andrew Boysen Jr., Scott Wright, Richard Stoltzman, Craig Kirchhoff, Kevin Geraldi, John Locke, Kevin Sedatole, and has done additional study in conducting with Frederick Fennell. He continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor, and travels regularly conducting honor bands throughout the United States.
Mr. Feagin is an active clinician, program coordinator, adjudicator, and music arranger for some of the countries finest high school and university band programs. He has over a decade of experience in Drum Corps International, and is currently serving as the ensemble specialist and member of the brass staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2007 he served as executive director, brass caption head, brass arranger, and program coordinator for the Division III World Champion Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to winning the high brass caption, DCI named him Division III Director of the year in 2007. Prior to his appointment at Memphis Sound, Mr. Feagin served on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a former four-year conductor of the Phantom Regiment (1998-2001), and is the recipient of the DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award (2000). He has worked with some of the countryâ€™s finest organizations in the field of marching pageantry including; Fred J. Miller, Inc., Bands of America, and The Phantom Regiment. He maintains active memberships in the Music Educators National Association (MENC), West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (WTSBOA), Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA), National Band Association (NBA), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Mr. Feagin is a proud artist/endorser of Dynasty USA Inc.