Director of Bands
Director of Bands
at Beechwood Since 2017
859-331-1220 ext. 5181
Austin Bralley's tenure as Director of Bands at Beechwood High School began in the summer of 2017. As a performer, Mr. Bralley has been fortunate enough to perform at the Montreux, Beaujolais, and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Europe, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the PGA Tour Ryder Cup, the FEI World Equestrian Games, the NCAA Final Four, the CBDNA National Band Conference, the Jazz Education Network National Conference, multiple KMEA Conferences, and several other special events. Mr. Bralley has also performed with several professional ensembles including Saxton’s Cornet Band, Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors, The MetroGnomes Big Band, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Commonwealth Trombone Ensemble, Heartland Winds, and the Capital City Community Band from Frankfort, KY. Mr. Bralley is an alumnus of the Phantom Regiment Drum Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Bralley holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Kentucky.
Prior to his appointment at Beechwood, Mr. Bralley was the assistant band director at Adair County High School in Columbia, KY from 2014 to 2017. At Adair County, the marching band finished as a state finalist all three years and earned a KMEA State Championship in 2015. Also during his tenure at Adair County, the band won the Bands of America Class A National Championship in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The concert bands at Adair County Middle and High School received all distinguished ratings at each KMEA assessment event during Mr. Bralley’s tenure. The Adair County Jazz Band also received all distinguished ratings at their first-ever appearance at the KMEA State Jazz Assessment.
During Mr. Bralley's tenure at Beechwood, the Marching Tigers have earned placement in KMEA State Finals in 2017, 2018, and 2019 including a KMEA State Championship in Class AA in 2019. The Marching Tigers were named Bands of America Grand National Semifinalists in 2017 & 2019. The Marching Tigers were named BOA Class A Regional Champions in 2018 & 2019. In 2019, the Marching Tigers were finalists at the BOA Muncie, IN Regional Competition. The Symphonic Band and Middle School Bands at Beechwood have earned all distinguished ratings at each KMEA assessment during Mr. Bralley's tenure. The Beechwood 8th Grade Concert Band was named an Exemplary Ensemble at the 2019 KMEA District 6 Concert Assessment.
Mr. Bralley's professional affiliations include International Trombone Association (ITA), Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Kentucky Education Association (KEA). Mr. Bralley is currently the Marching Band chair for KMEA District 6 and a representative on the Bands of America Marching Band Advisory Committee. Mr. Bralley currently resides in Fort Wright, KY with his wife, Kelli.