Mr. Edward M. Harper, Jr.
Director of Bands - Concord High School - Concord, NC
Prior to teaching at Concord High, Mr. Harper served as the band director and music theory teacher at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC. In May of 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he studied Saxophone with Dr. Will Campbell and Music Education under Sr. Fred Spano and Dr. Jennifer Whitaker. He has received various awards for music and leadership including the Louis Armstrong Jazz, Semper Fidelis and TIAA-Creff Jazz Scholarship Awards and is also an alumni brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Service Fraternity and member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
His performance credits, for both band and voice, consist of various high school honor bands including the Western Burlington County High School Honor Band, the Rowan University (NJ) Honor Band and the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) Honor Band. He has also participated in the Illuminations High School Honor Choir which performed the music of Leonard Bernstein alongside of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Harper is an active member of the musical community surrounding Concord High. He performs as a member of the Rowan Big Band All-Stars and the Piedmont Primetime Community Band in Kannapolis.
In his time as a music educator, Mr. Harper has been fortunate to teach, conduct and work with many fine student and professional musicians and composers. These musicians, composers and conductors include, Robert W. Smith, David Holsinger, and Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross of the Dave Matthews Band. Mr. Harper's ensembles have also received Superior Ratings at NCBA Marching Band MPA, SCDBA Concert Band MPA and Western Region Jazz Ensemble MPA events. In 2017, Mr. Harper was recognized by the North Carolina Chapter of the American School Band Director's Association (ASBDA) as a promising young music educator (Ed Rooker Encore Award).
Mr. Harper resides in Concord, NC with his wife, Amanda, their son Patrick and their Miniature Schnauzer, Rigby. Mrs. Harper is a proud Spider Band Alumni (Class of '01), Trumpet player and life-long lover of music.