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Earnest Echols

Mr. Echols is in his 10th year of teaching music, entering his 3rd year at Minor High School. After graduating from Gardendale High School, he attended the University of Alabama (in Tuscaloosa) and has earned both his BSE and MM from the University. He has been teaching throughout Alabama, Georgia and Florida since his start in 2002 at Daniel Payne Middle School in the Birmingham City Schools District as Director of Bands there. From that moment until now, Mr. Echols has taken advantage of many opportunities that his education in music has afforded him. He had the opportunity to use his musical talents to travel and/or teach in several countries around the world including Kenya, Zambia, Italy, Spain, Canada, England, and a host of other places. During the years of 2011-2015, he was a performing member (piano/organ) with the B.B.King's Blues All-Star in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Echols is an active performer on piano and trumpet. His keyboard styles and horn arrangements can be found on numerous gospel, RnB, and smooth jazz albums for such artists/organizations as the Full Gospel Baptist Church Convention, L. Spenser Smith and Testament, Sherri Jones-Moffet, Lisa McClendon, Noel Gourdin, Jason Clayborn, Darrius Jamar, Michael Mahaffey, David Byrd, Just a Few Cats, Micah Stampley, Jazmin Ghent, LaRue Howard, and of course one Alabama's American Idols, Ruben Studdard. He currently has his own personal project on iTunes that is available for purchase, "...For Love, Life and Music". As an educator, Mr. Echols teaches other students the knowledge that he has gained over his lifespan performing, as well as, sharing everything that he is presently learning each day as students present seemingly new problems and issues concerning music, whether in the Marching, Concert or Jazz Ensembles.

Mr. Echols is a former member of Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Vocal Association, and the Florida Orchestral Association, and a current member of NAfME, ABA, and AEA.

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