We are the Dunbar Band.
Our award-winning band program includes the highly competitive Dunbar Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Color Guard, and Winter Guard. Our membership proudly represents the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in honor bands across the state, competitions nationwide, and as ambassadors of music around the world. We welcome you to check us out, come enjoy a concert with us, or cheer us on at a ballgame or competition. Go Dunbar!
BPA Board of Directors
Paul Laurence Dunbar Band
Parents Association (BPA)
P.O. Box 910068
Lexington, KY 40591
President: Lynda Sharrett-Field
Past President: Jonnie Schuller
President Elect: (Open)
CFO of Operations: Lloyd Beagle
CFO of Arts/Treasurer: David Stahl
VP of Fundraising: Julie Rutledge
VP of Membership: Mary Beth Cline
VP of Communications/Guard Rep: Kim Kutchan
Secretary: Kelly Sanders
Enrollment Code F29C55193735L
Remember that each section has been assigned a specific Thursday to work BINGO this fall. Parents can click the BINGO card to sign up and work with their students.
*Please see your individual emails to find out which date you have been assigned.
The band is wrapping up a fantastic first week of camp and are looking great! Be sure to stop by the Car Wash this weekend to show your support!
Meet the Directors
TERESA ELLIOTT, DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Ms. Elliott joined Dunbar Bands in June of 2015. Ms. Elliott is a native of Winchester, Kentucky, a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, and began her instrumental training under Mr. Chuck Campbell. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University. She holds Masters Degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky.
Ms. Elliott has enjoyed a distinguished teaching career instructing instrumental music at all levels, elementary through university, in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Ensembles under her direction have achieved consistent state, national, and even international recognition in both marching and concert venues.
Ms. Elliott has received numerous honors and accolades throughout her career, but finds the day-to-day teaching of music to young people the most exciting, motivating and passionate privilege in the world. She is humbled and honored to be part of the Dunbar family.
BRIAN MORGAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Mr. Morgan has been with the PLD band since the school opened in 1990, first as a percussion instructor and later as Assistant Band Director and Jazz Band Director. Mr. Morgan earned his BA in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University. He later earned his Masters in Music Composition from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mr. Morgan's passion for percussion can be felt in the heartbeat of the PLD band. Mr. Morgan has also written several award winning shows for bands across Kentucky including Beechwood's Class A Bands of America Grand National Championship in 2006.
BRIAN ROBINSON, COLOR GUARD DIRECTOR
PLD welcomed Brian and his staff during the 2009 season, bringing excitement and experience to the program. Brian is a Dunbar Band alumnus, who played Baritone in the 2003 State Champion Band (the first one in Class AAAA) and was also a member of the 2004 Winter Guard Tri-State Championship.
After graduating from PLD, Brian marched with the Madison Scouts (Madison, WI), Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA), Cadets (Bergen County, NJ), where he had a lead role in the mad hatter, and the Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL), who won high guard at DCI that year. He also marched 4 years at the Pride of Cincinnati, winning 2 golds and 2 silvers.
Thank You For Your Support...We welcome and greatly appreciate any and all donations, from individuals or businesses, made in support of the PLD Band Program. The Paul Laurence Dunbar Band Parents Association is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization as defined by the IRS. Please be assured that 100% of your donation goes directly to support the activities and expenses of the PLD Bands. We have 0% administrative costs as all administrative duties are performed by parent volunteers. All band expenditures are monitored and approved by the Band Parent Board of Directors who are elected each year by the full BPA membership. Your donation will have a direct impact on the performance level of each band member. We thank you in advance for your heartfelt consideration and any generous donation you decide to make!