2019 Judges Bios
Benjamin Easley - Nashville, TN
Prelims, Music Ensemble
Finals, Music Effect
Benjamin Easley currently serves as Director of Bands at Nolensville High School, the newest Williamson County Schools high school which opened its doors August 2016. Prior to opening NHS, Mr. Easley began his Tennessee teaching career at John Overton High School, where the marching band membership increased by 58% during his tenure. Mr. Easley previously served as Associate Band Director at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, where his ensembles achieved the UIL Sweepstakes Award and the Mighty Ram Band performed his original compositions and arrangements as finalists at the 2012 TX UIL 5A State Marching Contest and multiple Bands of America Regional Championships.
Under his leadership, Nolensville Band student membership has increased by 400% since its beginnings in 2016. In addition to consistently earning unanimous superior ratings at Concert Performance Assessment, Nolensville Band most recently accepted an invitation to perform live with Dove award-winning hip hop artist, KB, at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards, a televised event reaching over 100 million viewers. In March 2019, Nolensville Band traveled to Chicago to perform before 1.1 million spectators in the historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
A three-time CMA Music Teachers of Excellence award recipient and 2018-2019 Nolensville High School Teacher of the Year, Mr. Easley graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Trombone Performance, M.M. in Instrumental Conducting, M.M. in Music Education, and M.M. in Music Theory Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. As a performing artist, Mr. Easley has collaborated and performed live with Grammy-winning recording artists including Josh Groban, Norah Jones, Shane & Shane, and Béla Fleck. As a freelance composer and arranger, Mr. Easley designs and arranges for high school marching band programs throughout the Southeast. He currently resides in Nolensville with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Ella (5) and Harper (2).