Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Arts: Music Education, University of Alabama, 2008 Bachelor of Science: Music Education, University of Alabama, 2006 Bachelor of Science: Corporate Finance, University of Alabama, 2005
Mr. Brandon Peters
Brandon Peters is currently in his eleventh year as Director of Bands at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, and his twelfth year of teaching. In 2013, he was named Teacher of the Year for Trussville City Schools. The Trussville City School District has been named a Best Community for Music Education in America by the NAMM Foundation for the past three years. Mr. Peters is a native of Jasper, Alabama.
Prior to his time in Trussville, Mr. Peters began his teaching career at Tuscaloosa Middle School. His bands have consistently received superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment. His bands have performed in Atlanta, Gatlinburg, and Orlando at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. The Honors Band was a guest ensemble at the 2016 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival and performed at the 2017 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference. At HTMS Mr. Peters oversees the entire band program of over 500 students. He conducts the Honors Band and Concert Band 1 and assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band 2. He also teaches beginner trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. He served on the staff of the Crimson Music Camp at the University of Alabama from 2005 to 2014 and also assists with the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Husky Band. He has guest conducted honor bands throughout the region.
Mr. Peters holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance, and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alabama. At UA he was a member of the performing wind bands as well as the “Million Dollar Band” and studied horn with Skip Snead. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, and the Alabama Bandmasters Association. He currently resides in Trussville with his wife, Jenni, who is a Literacy Coach for Trussville City Schools, and his daughter, Adalyn.
About the HTMS Band Program
The Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Band Program strives to have every student reach his or her individual potential in instrumental music. The band program serves more than 500 students in grades six through eight, with beginner enrollment typically around 200 students. The beginning band is divided into six homogeneously grouped classes. Seventh and eighth grades students are enrolled into one of four levels of performing bands: Honors Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band 1 and Concert Band 2. All band classes meet every day for 48 minutes. In addition to the these bands, the HTMS Jazz Band is an auditioned group of seventh and eighth grade students and meets twice a week during a school wide 27 minute club period. A select group of eighth grade students form our HTMS Band Leadership Team and act as a service organization for our band program.
The HTMS Band program has received many awards as well as earned consistent superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment. The band program is well-represented at the District IV Honor Band and Alabama All-State Band. The HTMS Honors Band has performed at several prestigious events in recent years including the 2017 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference and the 2016 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival. HTMS Band students also enjoy success and are leaders in athletics, drama, art, choir, student council, National Junior Honor Society, Duke TIP Program, dance team, and yearbook staff, just to name a few. The directors feel it important that students be allowed to explore as many different areas of life in their middle school years to find their true passion.