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Russell Harris

Director of Bands

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About Me

Educational History:

I graduated from Midwest City High School in 2009 and went on to study music education at Oklahoma City University and graduated in 2014. My primary instrument is french horn. My secondary instruments include piano, guitar, percussion, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flute, clarinet, and saxophone.

Degrees and Certifications:

I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from OCU. I am certified for Pre-K through 12 grade Instrumental/General Music.

Professional Development:

I am involved in the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and the International Horn Society.

Current Position:

I began teaching in Okarche in August of 2020. Our students have so much talent that we have all worked hard to nuture over the last few years. As a result from their hard work and support from parents and administration, our band students have earned superior ratings from multiple OSSAA full Band events, OSSAA Solo & Ensemble events, Sweepstakes at the Heartland Music Festival, 2nd place Band in the Oklahoma State Fair Parade, 2nd place drumline in the Oklahoma State Fair Parade, along with many individuals being selected as members of the All-Area and Red Carpet Honor Bands. Our Winterguard in their first season as a competitive group competed in the Winterguard and Percussion of Oklahoma Scholastic Regional A classification in 2022, leading the competition with three 1st place wins and became the state runner-up for the season. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for our young programs here in Okarche. It’s a great day to be a Warrior!

Previous Position:

Prior to Okarche, I had two years of teaching teaching 6th-12th grade band, musical theater, colorguard, and music appreciation. I have also had experience teaching praise bands and choirs. From there I worked for four years as a business consultant working with about 830 employment offices around the U.S. and Canada, helping to manage issues concerning HR, Payroll, Employment Law, Marketing, and Technology.


Family Information:

I am not married and I don’t have kids or pets. But I am looking into getting a husky puppy eventually!

Personal Information:

In my spare time, I love playing board/card games with friends and family, swimming, going to the lake, playing volleyball and ping pong, and practicing piano.

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