Before accepting the instrumental music position at Mexico High School in 2011, Brian Troy Carnes spent the previous four years as the Director of Bands at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York, where he directed the "Tiger's Pride" Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and taught theory and private and small group lessons. A native of Oneida, New York, Brian holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Secondary Music Education from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina where he studied trumpet with Susan Sievert Messersmith, a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Syracuse University, and a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY where he studied trumpet with Daniel Sapochetti. Additionally, Mr. Carnes also worked as an audio engineer for the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, where his responsibilities included recording all Setnor Auditorium performances. He has helped engineer and edit several commercially available recordings.
Carnes has performed solo recitals and with numerous groups including orchestras, wind bands, chamber groups, athletic bands, and jazz ensembles. Mr. Carnes was seated in the South Carolina Intercollegiate Honor Band three times as an undergraduate and once in the Southeast Region Intercollegiate Honor Band. He has also volunteered with Bands of America and Fiesta-Val Invitational Music Festivals, along with being an active adjudicator and working with several South Carolina middle and high school bands. He has held memberships in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA), the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), The National Association for Music Educations (NAfME), the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), and Kappa Kappa Psi-National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Through participation in the Mexico High School Band Program, it is my hope that each student:
-Develops as a well-balanced individual through positive group experience.
-Acquires skills of music reading, listening, and performing through those techniques required of instrumentalists (i.e. intonation, breath control, phrasing, dynamics, rhythm, tone production, attacks, releases and articulation, etc.).
-Becomes more sensitive to the value of music in our daily lives and contributes to the musical life of the school and the community.
-Demonstrates the capacity to listen and comment on music and be able to relate music to other broad areas of knowledge.
-Performs a varied repertoire from differing musical styles, genres, and cultures in order to explore their similarities and differences.
-Enjoys music more fully and cultivates it as a lifelong activity through active creation, participation and performance.