About Brant Karrick
Brant Karrick joined the faculty of Northern Kentucky University in the fall of 2003 as Director of Bands. His prior teaching experience includes nine years at the University of Toledo and seven years of public school teaching in Kentucky. At NKU, he administrates the entire band program including the Symphonic Winds, the Concert Band and the Basketball Pep Band. He also teaches classes in conducting, music education, marching band techniques, and assists with student teacher supervision.
In addition to his responsibilities at NKU, Dr. Karrick is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, composer, and music arranger. His band compositions have been performed around the US, Europe, and in Australia.
Karrick began his service as a public school teacher in 1984 at Beechwood School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. In 1986 he returned to his Alma Mater, Bowling Green (KY) High School, as the Director of Instrumental Music. His concert bands received superior ratings at Regional and State Concert Festivals every year of his five-year tenure there and in 1988 his marching band was named Class AA State Champion.
In the fall of 1991 Karrick entered the Ph.D. program in Music Education at Louisiana State University, completing the degree in 1994. His prior education includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville that he completed in 1982, and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University, completed in 1984. Many individuals have influenced Dr. Karrick's musical life. He studied trumpet with Leon Rapier, music education with Cornelia Yarbrough, and conducting with Frank Wickes. His primary composition teachers were David Livingston, Steve Beck, and Cecil Karrick. His professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, the Kentucky Music Education Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. Karrick and his wife Amy have four children, Connor, Molly, Ross, and Natalie.