Brandon Huff, Director of Bands
B. M. in Music Education, Texas Christian University
Mr. Huff is a graduate of Texas Christian University and currently serves as the Director of Bands at Krum High School. While at TCU, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Mr. Huff performed in the Marching Horned Frog Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. After graduation, Mr. Huff completed his graduate course work at the University of Kansas where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the KU Marching Jayhawk band and performed with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.
Before coming to Krum High School, Mr. Huff served as the Director of Bands at Irving High School in Irving, Texas for eight years. During his time in Irving, Mr. Huff led the Irving High School Band and served as the cluster leader of four middle schools which had over 1,000 students enrolled in band. Mr. Huff grew the program from 64 high school students his first year to over 200 students when he left.
Mr. Huff served as the Associate Director of Bands at R. L. Turner High School in Carrollton for five years. His duties included teaching the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and beginner classes at Vivian Field Middle School and Dewitt Perry Middle School. He also served as the co-director of the R. L. Turner Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his career, Mr. Huff has guided performing ensembles to continued success earning Superior ratings at UIL, local, and national festivals.
Mr. Huff is a sought after clinician and performer. Mr. Huff has served as clinician for many middle school and high school concert bands as well as high school marching bands as they prepare for contests. Students in Mr. Huff’s bands have earned placement in region band, orchestra, jazz band, and many have advanced to the Texas All-State Band. Mr. Huff frequently presented staff development for Irving High School as well as for the entire Fine Arts Department for IISD.
Mr. Huff believes in the power of technology in education. Developed by Mr. Huff, the Irving Band used a comprehensive “Daily Drill” method unlike any other in existence. In order to make information available to all students, Mr. Huff took full advantage of the IISD High School One-to-One Laptop Program in a normal high school band rehearsal. Each student used his/her laptop to gain access to the information stored on the Irving Band website which allowed the student musicians to continue to learn musical objectives in or away from the classroom.
Currently, Mr. Huff is developing material that will align curriculum from 6th grade beginner band through 12th grade band and beyond. This cluster wide “spiraling” curriculum will ensure that all band students are mastering the same objectives at the middle school campus culminating in the advanced objectives in high school to prepare student musicians for college level performance.
For the past 18 years, Mr. Huff has been an active musician in the DFW area. He is an advanced trumpet player having been recorded numerous times in many musical idioms.
Mr. Huff and his lovely wife Amy are the proud parents of Grace (11) and Katie (8) and have two miniature schnauzers Maverick and Rusty.
Amy Robinson, Associate Director of Bands
B.M. in Music Education, Slippery Rock University
M.M. in Saxophone Performance, Illinois State University
M.M. in Wind Conducting, Illinois State University
Mrs. Robinson is active as an educator, conductor, and saxophone performer. She completed two master’s degrees at Illinois State University (ISU) in Conducting and Saxophone Performance. She also holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU).
Mrs. Robinson will be starting her high school teaching career at Krum High School this year as the Associate Director of Bands. Previously she taught high school and university marching band camps as a woodwind and drill technician. She was also the drum major of SRU for two years during her undergraduate education.
As a conductor Mrs. Robinson directed all aspects of the ISU University Band and has been a guest conductor with the ISU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band. She has twice been the winner of the SRU Conductor’s Competition, in which she conducted the concert band. She has been invited to conduct other ensembles, including flute choir, saxophone choir, percussion ensembles, and string ensembles.
As a saxophonist Mrs. Robinson has performed on an international stage at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France with her saxophone-percussion duet, Rhodopsin. In addition Mrs. Robinson has performed at two NASA region conferences in 2015. Mrs. Robinson was also the winner of the SRU Saxophone Concerto Competition and has performed several solo recitals. She has also performed with her saxophone quartet at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 NASA Saxophone Quartet Competition. As a member of both SRU’s and ISU’s premiere Wind Ensembles, Mrs. Robinson recorded many CDs, most notably the NAXOS recordings with the ISU Wind Symphony. Mrs. Robinson also performed and recorded with the SRU Jazz Band for four years. As the saxophone graduate assistant at ISU, she coached saxophone quartets and teaches private lessons to non-majors. Mrs. Robinson is a member of professional organizations for saxophonists, conductors, and educators, including TMEA, PMEA, NASA, NAfME, and CBDNA.
Mrs. Robinson and her husband, Corey, enjoy playing golf, board games, and playing with their cats, Beesly and Halpert.
Paul Ailey, Director of Percussion
B.M. in Music Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Mr. Paul Ailey is the newest member of the Krum ISD Band Staff. Mr. Ailey graduated from Medford High School(Ok) in 1986 and received his bachelor of music ed degree in 1991 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Ok. Mr. Ailey also took business courses at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Ailey’s responsibilities will include all aspects of percussion in the district, assisting with the middle school and high school bands, and providing special instruction for double reed players. Mr. Ailey has taught for 20 years in the state of Texas. School districts include Waxahachie ISD, Arlington ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and CarrolltonFarmers Branch ISD. Throughout his career, Mr. Ailey has consistently produced success in his percussion programs. His drumlines have produced high quality performances within the marching band as well as drumlineonly contests, with many top 10 placements at these contests. Mr.Ailey’s students have received many first divisions in their solo and ensemble performances, including at the state level. His favorite things to do include watching college football, pencil drawing, basketball, and playing with his kids.
Mr. Ailey has a daughter, Brooke, and son, Derek.
Carol Turner, Fine Arts Consultant
B.M. in Music Education, Harding University
M.M. in Music Education, University of North Texas
Carol Turner has been a band director for 33 years, 27 of those in Krum. A native Kentuckian, she graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a double major in Vocal and Instrumental Music. She went on to receive her Master's degree at the University of North Texas in Music Education She has traveled and performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean and performed across Europe, including Italy, Greece, France, Romania, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland. She and her husband Russ have one son, Jackson, who is a Music Engineer and one dog, Sandy. Mrs. Turner loves to read, swim, travel and teach the teens at her church.