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Alan D. Perkins was born and went to school in the Dayton, Ohio area. Mr. Perkins attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and was awarded the Bachelor Music Performance and also completed a fifth year for the for the Bachelor of Music Education degree. He attended Ohio University in Athens as a graduate assistant in Band and Music Theory. He studied French Horn with Dr. Richard Chenoweth, William Brophy and Dr. Milford Kuhn. Composition teachers include Zenobia Perry, Frederick Mueller and Christopher Gallagher.
Mr. Perkins has an extensive background in all aspects of Band and Drum Corps. He is a published composer/arranger of music for concert, jazz and marching bands. Mr. Perkins began his teaching career in Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, Ohio in 1986. His high school bands have received recognition on both a state and national level in Ohio and California. Mr. Perkins has presented workshops on development of Middle/High School band programs for the Ohio Music Education Association and the California League of Middle Schools State Conventions.
The El Toro band program has grown substantially since he accepted the appointment as Director of Bands. The 2003-2004 school year saw the El Toro band program receive numerous first place awards and unanimous Superior ratings in concert, jazz and marching bands. This included a Class AAA Champion crown in the Western Band Association Marching Band Championships and a Second Place Finalist Band in the Bands of America Western Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. 2004-2005 also saw numerous awards in Marching Band, once again taking the Second Place Finalist Band Award and the Outstanding Visual Award at the Bands of America Western regional in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Jazz Program at El Toro had dramatic success in 2004-05 with five First place Big band Awards at various Jazz Festivals in Southern California. The El Toro Jazz Ensemble also was the Sweepstakes winner at the prestigious Santa Cruz Jazz Festival in April of 2005. Mr. Perkins moved to Texas and took over as Director of Bands for Victoria Memorial High School in 2006. In April of 2006 the VMHS Wind Symphony received straight One ratings at the U.I.L. Region 13 Band Festival at Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, TX. March also saw Mr. Perkins bring JD Shaw of the Boston Brass to Victoria to perform with the Wind Symphony in Concert. In the fall under Mr. Perkins direction the VMHS Viper Marching Band received a Division One rating and was 8th Place Finalist Band in the BOA Flagstaff Regional Championship. The Vipers also received straight one rating at the U.I.L. Region 14 marching band contest and progressed onto the area contest in McAllen, TX.