Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Music - Auburn University
Mr. Ellis is originally from Enterprise, AL and graduated from Enterprise High School in 2009. Upon graduation, he began study at Auburn University. In 2014, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Military Science. Shortly thereafter, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Alabama National Guard. In 2015, he graduated seventh in his class at the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He currently serves as the Battalion Fire Direction Officer of the 1-117th Field Artillery Battalion "First To Fire" at the rank of First Lieutenant.
Mr. Ellis has performed in numerous award-winning groups and ensembles, both professionally and academically. Some of these include the Sudler Trophy winning Auburn University Marching Band, the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, the Troy University "Sound of the South" Basketball Pep Band, the Troy University Symphonic Band, the Enterprise High School Wind Ensemble, the Enterprise High School "Big Blue" Marching Band, various Alabama High School All-State Bands, the Alabama Intercollegiate Band, Capitol Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. In 2011, he toured the nation of China, performing at world-renowned locations like the People's Liberation Army Hall, with the Auburn University Symphonic Winds.
Mr. Ellis is in his third year at Samson. In that time, the band has received Superior ratings and other awards at the Rehobeth Marching Band Festival, the Little Bighorn Marching Band Contest, and the Alabama Bandmaster's Association (ABA) Music Performance Assessment. In the Spring of 2018, he was invited to attend the Conn-Selmer VIP program - an invitation-only event and membership by the United States' top musical instrument manufacturer for established and up-and-coming music educators. Finally, in Spring of 2019, the Samson Concert Band recorded its first Overall Superior (1) rating at the ABA Music Performance Assessment since 1999.
Mr. Ellis and his wife, Ashley, currently reside in Enterprise with their 6-month-old daughter, Lily, and their rescue-pup, Penny.