Dr. Andrew Hunter joined the faculty in 2018. In his duties at UTEP, Dr. Hunter directs the Marching Miners marching band, the Basketball Pep Band, the Symphony Band, and teaches Conducting. Prior to his appointment at UTEP, Dr. Hunter served on the faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received the Thomas V. Fraschillo Award for Outstanding Musicianship among faculty, Louisiana College, where he was named Professor of the Year in 2012, and public schools in Louisiana and Georgia. Dr. Hunter holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Dr. Catherine Rand. His doctoral dissertation focused on the wind band and chamber winds compositions of Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. He also holds the Master of Music degree from Northwestern State University, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Hunter has worked as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Izmir, Turkey, where he presented a seminar on American music and wind band history. His ensembles have performed across the country, most notably in Carnegie Hall in February 2018. He holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Michael Martin, born August 9, 1985 in Marietta, Georgia, became the youngest member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as Third/Utility trumpet in July 2010, at the age of 24. Michael attended Northwestern University where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Trumpet Performance studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Michael performed with a diverse array of professional orchestras, ensembles and performing artists including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago symphonies; the Axiom Brass; the Pacifica Quartet; “eighth blackbird”; and Sufjan Stevens. With the Boston Symphony, Michael can be heard on several upcoming albums with Music Director Andris Nelsons, including the GRAMMY-winning album, "Under Stalin's Shadow", releasing later this year.
Michael has long been devoted to both performing and creating music at the highest artistic level and has become an extremely sought-after musician in both disciplines, forging a unique niche within the world of professional music. After completing his studies at Northwestern University, Michael was invited to study doctoral-level orchestration at the University of Chicago with renowned conductor and composer, Cliff Colnot. Michael has collaborated with and been commissioned by members of the Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies; the Boston Pops; the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the Chicago Chamber Musicians; the Northshore Concert Band; the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra; Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble; as well as numerous high school concert band programs around the country including Avon HS (IN), Clear Creek HS (TX), Flower Mound HS (TX), Kell HS (GA), Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), and North Hardin HS (TN). Michael is also the Brass Arranger for the seven-time DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois.
Barry E. Morgan is a native of Cobb County Georgia, having graduated from North Cobb High School in 1972. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Georgia State University in 1976. In 1987, Barry graduated Summa Cum Laude from the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.
On March 4, 1998, Governor Zell Miller appointed Barry as the Solicitor General for Cobb County. He has been elected to that position five times, most recently with 62% of the vote. He has overseen the prosecution of 1.8 million criminal misdemeanor cases during his time as Solicitor General. Since becoming Solicitor General Barry has managed a staff of 70 personnel as well as managed a $4 million plus budget every year. Barry has served his entire legal career as a prosecutor.
Barry received two prestigious awards in 2014. In recognition of Barry’s outstanding performance as an elected official, the Cobb Republican Women awarded him their “Trumpet” award in January and in March Mothers Against Drunk Driving named Barry their 2013 Prosecutor of The Year for The State of Georgia.