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Shaun Owens, Director

In 2005 Shaun Owens was named Director of Bands for Bryan Station High School.  Mr. Owens is in his twenty fifth year of teaching with the Fayette County Public Schools, his fourteenth year at Bryan Station High School.  Prior to this assignment, he directed the Jazz Ensembles at Lafayette High School, was Director of Bands at Tates Creek High School and Assistant Director of Bands at Henry Clay and Bryan Station High Schools.  Additionally, he runs an expanding on-line commercial website (www.shawk.com) providing musical resources via the internet.

Mr. Owens received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University. He has been involved with the marching arts since 1975 and was a soloist for 10 years with some of the finest organizations in the world including the Madison Scouts of Madison, WI.  Mr. Owens has arranged and instructed music for many bands and drum & bugle corps throughout the United States.  He has 3 Drum Corps International World Championships, two as a soloist and one as a teacher.

Shaun Owens is currently the director of the Lexington Concert Band.  The band is made up of professional musicians who are members of the American Federation of Musicians.  The concert band performs for 4th of July celebrations in Lexington, as well as other public performances sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund.

Mr. Owens has served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Music Educators Association as All-State Jazz Coordinator where he was responsible for selecting clinicians for the jazz clinics at the annual in-service conference as well as his duties in coordinating the All-State Jazz Ensemble.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Owens has been lead trumpet with professional and university big bands including Dennis Oliverís Madison Jazz Orchestra, the American Jazz Express and Lexingtonís Men of Note.  He has played for several heads of state including Jimmy Carter and George Bush, and has performed with Richard Davis, Don Menza, Wycliffe Gordon and Roger Pemberton.  He continues to maintain a regular performance schedule as a freelance trumpeter.

Mr. Owens lives in Lexington with his wife Krista, and their two sons, Harrison and Samuel. 

Matthew Skaggs, Assistant Director

Matthew J. Skaggs has been teaching music and percussion for nearly 20 years. Most recently Mr. Skaggs was named the Bryan Station High School Assistant Band Director. Mr. Skaggs taught drum lessons at The Drum Center of Lexington as well as currently maintains a private studio of students. In addition to teaching privately, Mr. Skaggs previously held the positions of Band Director at Farristown Middle School and Foley Middle School in Berea, Assistant Band Director at Madison Southern High School in Berea, and Director of Bands for the Woodford County High School and Woodford County Middle School in Versailles. While there Mr. Skaggsí schools received multiple distinguished ratings in concert band, jazz ensemble, and percussion ensemble assessment. During his time with the Woodford County High School Band qualified for the Kentucky Music Educatorís Associationís State Marching Band Championships for the first time in school history, as well as receiving a distinguished rating at Festival Disney in 2009.  Mr. Skaggs also maintains a profile as a performer as well. He has toured throughout the U.S. and parts of Europe with various groups in numerous musical genres. Currently, Mr. Skaggs continues perform in the Lexington area.

Mr. Skaggs enjoys spending his time off with his daughter Katie Beth, and wife Melissa, as well as hunting, fishing, and numerous church activities.

Don Hicks, Jedi Master, Director of Guitar Studies

Don Hicks spent four years as Associate Director of Bands for Bryan Station High School. He currently teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Guitar.  Mr. Hicks is in his twentieth year of teaching.  Prior to this assignment, he was Director of Bands at Southern Middle School and Tates Creek High School. Mr. Hicks received his Bachelor of Music Education from Western Kentucky University and completed his Masters Degree at Georgetown College.  He is an avid guitarist, teaching and performing in the Lexington area.

Mr. Hicks lives in Lexington with his wife Lisa, and their two sons, Jonathan and Joey.