Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Ellis is a native of Enterprise, AL and 2009 honor graduate of Enterprise High School. While at Enterprise, he served as trumpet section leader for the EHS Big Blue Band and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Ellis attended Auburn University, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. While at Auburn, he participated in the Auburn University Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, AU Cappella, and Basketball Pep Bands. In 2010, he marched at the BCS National Championship (football) with the AUMB, and toured the nation of China with the AU Symphonic Winds on a joint cultural diplomacy tour through the United States and Chinese governments. In 2016, Mr. Ellis began pursuing a Master's of Education in Instrumental Music at Troy University, completing the degree in 2019. While at Troy, he participated in the Troy University Symphonic Band and Basketball Pep Band. He was also awarded a research fellowship through the Troy University Music Department, serving in the Choral Department.
In 2017, Mr. Ellis was hired as the Director of Bands at Samson Middle/High School. Under his charge was the Samson Tiger Band, the Samson Intermediate Band, and the Samson Beginning Band. In March of 2019, the Samson Tiger Band received its first overall Superior rating since 1993 at the Alabama Bandmaster's Association Music Performance Assessment in Enterprise, AL. The Samson Tiger Band also received several Superior ratings and Best In Class awards at various regional marching band competitions. In 2019, he was selected as Samson Middle School's Teacher of the Year and was placed under consideration for the Geneva County Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Ellis is also a member of the Alabama National Guard, where he serves as Commander of C Battery, 1-117th Field Artillery Battalion. He has served with his battalion on several Direct Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) missions. Most recently, he served as Battle Captain for the 1-117th Field Artillery Battalion's operations in support of Presidential Inauguration 46 and OIC (Officer-In-Charge) of the 1-117th FA's contingent involved with Hurricane Sally relief operations.
Mr. Ellis is very excited about beginning his fourth year in Saraland, where he assists with the Spartan Sound marching band, directs the Concert Band, and directs the Spartan Jazz Ensemble. He currently resides in Daphne, AL with his wife, Ashley, his daughters, Lily and Morgan, and their shelter pup, Penny.