BRIAN EGAN, Director of Bands
Experience. Brian Egan has been the Director of Bands for the Southwest Local School districts since 2012. Prior to moving to Southwest Ohio, Mr. Egan was the director of bands at Bellevue Independent in KY, Assistant Director in LaRue County KY and West Orange Stark in TX. Since accepting the position at William Henry Harrison High School, the band has moved back to competition in the MSBA circuit and is performing 10-15 concerts a year. Mr. Egan is also active in the DCA and DCI world, consulting with many local Drum and Bugle Corps.
Performances. Mr. Egan is an active musician and conductor, performing with many brass quintets and symphonic ensembles in the southwest Ohio region. Throughout college Mr. Egan performed in the top wind ensemble at Morehead State University, which allowed him to perform and travel to Brazil. Mr. Egan has participated in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Drum and Bugle Corps.
Education. Mr. Egan received his Bachelors of Music Education from Morehead State University in Kentucky. He also holds a Masters of Music Education from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.
Professional Activity. Brian Egan is an active member of The Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA), the National Association of Music Educators (NAME) and The International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) as well as the American School Band Director Association (ASBDA).
Personal. When he is not at Harrison, Mr. Egan resides in Springdale where he spends his time with his wife, Mandi and son Brody. Mr. Egan also has a dog-named Satchmo. When Mr. Egan is not teaching or performing he enjoys exploring and going off road in his Jeep.
KELSEY DeMANGE, Director of Choral Studies
Mrs. Withrow was raised in Versailles, Ohio (about two hours north of Cincy). She earned her Bachelors of Music Education from Wright State University, and is currently working towards her Masters in Music Education at Miami University. She previously taught music in Reading Community Schools, and is currently in her third year at Southwest Local School District. Though she loves working in Harrison, Mrs. Withrow resides in Northside. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pup Benny, playing video games, attempting gardening, refurbishing her Baldwin at home, and getting dinner with friends. Music has always been her passion, and she is honored to spend everyday sharing that with her students! She can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for our audiences this year!
BRANDON PREW, Assistant Director Marching Band & Director of Jazz Studies
Brandon Prew is an active music teacher and performing musician in the tri-state area. Prew is currently the Assistant Director for Harrison High School’s marching band, the Director of Jazz Studies at Harrison High School, is teaching at Crosby Elementary in Southwest Local School District, and teaches lessons at various music stores and Highlands High School in Northern Kentucky. This will be Prew’s third year teaching at Harrison High School.
In the past, Prew has worked as an instructor, clinician, and camp instructor at many local schools. Some of these schools include: Dixie Heights High School (Edgewood, KY), Bellevue High School (Bellevue, KY), Ryle High School (Union, KY), Grant County High School (Dry Ridge, KY), and Williamstown High School (Williamstown, KY).
An active musician, Prew performs with many local bands and on many recordings. Most recently, Prew has joined the band Josh McIntosh & Company. This band performs almost every weekend in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati. Recently, Josh McIntosh & Company has performed at the Time Warner stage at Riverbend Music Center, performing the opening acts for bands and singers such as Toby Keith and Aerosmith.
Prew has also recorded and performed with the band Sunday Night Flight, a local group performing versions of many popular songs with a contemporary, jazz -fusion style, along with the band’s original works.
Prew has performed in many of the ensembles at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), including the award-winning Chamber Jazz Ensemble. The Chamber Jazz Ensemble has performed with and worked with internationally renowned musicians. This list includes: Jeff Coffin, Branford Marsalis, and Brad Goode. Recently, the Chamber Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the Jazz Educator’s Network International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Prew has also performed with the NKU Symphonic Winds, one of the premier college symphonic bands in the region. This ensemble has been selected to perform at many state conferences, such as the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association (KMEA) and the Ohio Music Educator’s Association (OMEA).
In addition the these remarkable ensembles, Prew has also performed and been a part of the Saxophone Quartet, Super Sax ensemble, Jazz Combos, and the NKU Big Band. Brandon has performed at many state and national conferences, including the KMEA conference, OMEA conference, and the JEN conference.
While studying saxophone performance, Prew has studied under Michael VanPelt, William Brian Hogg, and Joseph Craig.
Brandon Prew is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Saxophone performance. Prew is also a collegiate member of these professional organizations: National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Kentucky Music Educator’s Association Collegiate Member (KMEA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Xi Lambda Chapter).