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Directors and Staff

Mr. Brad Deason

Director of Athletic Bands


Brad has instructed and composed for over 50 high school and college percussion ensembles over his 25 year career. He is a certified WGI and DCI judge having evaluated bands in KY, VA, WV, OH, with US Bands (formerly USSBA) as well as judging state championships in Tennessee for several years.

Brad was one of the founding members of the Winter Guard International (WGI) Rules Congress and has served on the WGI percussion board of directors as the Independent Open Class representative and scholastic representative for 4 years.

Brad has instructed indoor percussion ensembles since 1989 including the World Class Music City Mystique.

Brad was the founder of the Eklipse Youth Organization (1999) and was director of the percussion ensemble during the world championship 2001 season and silver medal 2002 season.

He was also the founder of the Eklipse Drum and Bugle Corps (2003) and is still active with the Eklipse Winterguard.

Mr. Joe Murphy

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands


Joe Murphy is one of the top recording tuba and acoustic/electric bass players in the United States having played live and on hundreds of recording projects with artists such as Steven Tyler and AEROSMITH, John Pizzarelli, Michael Bolton, Alison Krauss, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, Dennis DeYoung (STYX), Kirk Whalum, MercyMe, Steve Tyrell, Steve Green, Larnell Harris, The Fifth Dimension, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Futureman, Charlie Peacock, Darrell Worley, Brad Paisley, Mike Reid, Connye Florance, David Clydesdale, Camp Kirkland, Perry Danos, Beth Nielson Chapman, Walt Disney World, VeggieTales, the Nashville String Machine, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Opera, to name a few. Joe has performed on nationally televised broadcasts of Austin City Limits, TNN's Nashville Now, BET Jazz Classics, Crook & Chase, and the NBC Today Show.

    Over the last 20 years, Mr. Murphy has been a Staff Arranger, Brass Caption Head, and music contributor to numerous championship drum corps, college bands and high school band programs nationwide, including DCI Finalist SPIRIT from JSU, Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Vanderbilt University, Illinois State University, Louisiana State University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Arkansas, Siegel, TN HS Band, Brunswick, Ohio HS Band, Niceville, FL HS Band, Adrian, MI HS Band, and dozens of others.

    Joe was the Music/Program Director and Arranger for the Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Nashville, TN (from 2005-2010) and for the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Memphis, TN (2005). He is now the Music Director and Arranger for the Southern Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, based out of Birmingham, AL.

    Mr. Murphy was the Artist In Residence and Asst. Director of Bands at Cumberland University from 2001-2010. Joe was the featured tuba soloist and member of the United States Air Force Band, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH from 1987-1991.

   Mr. Murphy has recorded on video game soundtracks such as, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dragon Age Inquisition, Star Wars: Battlefront, Madden 16, Descent, and others. He is the tubaist on the History Channel series: Texas Rising. Joe was recently the tuba player on Vin Diesel's new movie, "The Last Witch Hunter".  

Ms. Cindi Gallagher

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Cindi

Cindi Gallagher has worked at Vanderbilt since 1999. She is a flute and piccolo player and performs at church and with the Vanderbilt Community Concert Band. For assistance with most all band related activities, Mrs. Gallagher is a wealth of information.

Ms. Tessa Berger

SOG Graduate Assistant