||Mr. Jeff Harper is currently in his fifth year as Associate Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA. Prior to his appointment at Lassiter, Mr. Harper served as the Director of Bands at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA. While at McEachern, the band program was selected as a feature group for the 2012 University of Georgia High School Music Festival and selected as a feature group at the 2013 Georgia Music Educator’s Association. Before his appointment at McEachern High School, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School from 2000 to 2009 and Director of Bands at the West Cobb School (1998-2000). While teaching at Kennesaw Mountain High School, the band program received acclaim through national and regional performances including the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic, Bands of America, and Winterguard International.
Mr. Harper received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois. While at UGA, Mr. Harper studied trumpet with Albert Ligotti, Moffit Williams, and Fred Mills. His conducting teachers include Dr. Dwight Satterwhite, Dr. John Culvahouse, and Mr. James Keene. Also, Mr. Harper was Drum Major of the University's Redcoat Marching Band. Mr. Harper was a member of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps from Bergenfield, New Jersey in 1996 and In 1998, was a staff member with the Cadets, who won the Drum Corps International World Championship.
Mr. Harper serves as a guest clinician throughout the country for presenting sessions to marching bands, concert bands and leadership seminars. In 2002, Mr. Harper began judging for both Drum Corps International and Bands of America and continues to judge throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Harper has recently served as an adjudicator/clinician for Drum Corps Japan (2009/2011) and the Japan Marching Band Association (2010). In 2012, Mr. Harper was inducted in to Phi Beta Mu and became a four-time recipient of the Citation Excellence Award presented by the National Band Association in 2012, 2013 and 2018. In addition to judging, Mr. Harper has held annual leadership camps and clinics for students at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Mr. currently resides with his Husband and son in Kennesaw, Georgia.