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Ryan Murrell

Ryan Murrell

Assistant Band Director

Mr. Ryan Murrell is in his ninth year of teaching and his first year as an Assistant Band Director at Homewood Middle School in Homewood, Alabama. Mr. Murrell is a native of Homewood where he graduated in 2003. After graduation, he went to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and received his Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2019. While at JSU, he marched in the Marching Southerners where he marched trumpet and later became Head Drum Major. He was also involved in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and the JSU Brass Quintet. He helped found the Mu Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi:Honorary Music Fraternity and became its first Chapter President in March 2009. He studied trumpet under Dr. Cameron "Chip" Crotts and Dr. John Merriman. He studied conducting under Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford and Dr. Jeremy Stovall.

Mr. Murrell began his teaching career in Roanoke, AL at Handley High School as the Interim Band Director in 2011. He then became the Band Director at Calera High School in Calera, AL. in 2012. In hisfirst year at Calera, the band received numerous Superior Ratings in marching band competitions, won several parade band competitions, and was selected to represent Alabama in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC on January 21, 2013. At the end of his year, he became the Director of Bands at Baldwin High School and the Fine Arts Director of Baldwin County Schools from 2013 to 2016. During his time there, he took the band on trips to Disney World and to the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, IL., which was televised in front of 1.3 million viewers. He also helped to get Baldwin County Schools recognized by NAMM (National Association for Music Merchants) that designated Milledgeville as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in 2016. He then spent a year working as the Director of Bands at Sylacauga High School. From 2017-2019, he was one of the Assistant Director of Bands for Gadsden City High School in Gadsden, AL. While at Gadsden, he assisted with the marching band, which received numerous Superior Ratings. His concert groups made Superior Ratings in their State Contests. He also assisted with the WGI Indoor group Point Winds, later becoming Genesis Indoor Winds in West Point, GA as a consultant for their competition season. 

Recently, Mr. Murrell went on to get his Master's Degree in Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. He graduated from USM in May 2019. He is thrilled to be back at Homewood working along side his mentors and friends. It has always been a dream of his to be able to return to where his music career started.

Mr. Murrell is a member of AMEA (Alabama Music Educators Association) and NAfME (National Association for Music Education). He is also a Jupiter Instrument Educator as well. He is a sought after band and drum major clinician and judge across the Southeast. He is married to his best friend and wife, Wendy, and they have a son named Alex and two dogs, Calvin and Hattie