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 a Fire Direction Officer with Alpha Battery, 1-117th Field Artillery 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 Enterprise High School Wind Ensemble, the Alabama High School All-State Band, 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 second 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 District 8 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.
Mr. Ellis is married to his beautiful wife, Ashley, with whom he has a wonderful shelter dog, Penny.