Tim Zeiss

Tim Zeiss, Director


Tim Zeiss graduated summa cum laude from Murray State University, Murray, KY in the spring of 2008. While at Murray State, Tim was appointed principal saxophonist of the MSU Wind Ensemble for 2 and 1/2 consecutive years. Tim also played lead tenor is the MSU Jazz Ensemble I, MSU Saxophone Quartet, symphonic band (Tuba), and the MSU Racer Band.  While in Racer Band, Tim served two years as the sousaphone section leader. Tim is also an alumnus of both the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Lexington, KY and The Madison Scouts Drum and BugleCorps from Madison, WI.

After teaching two years in Tennessee, Tim is currently serving his 6th year as high school band director at Murray High School.  Tim is also active as a marching band and concert band clinician.  Under his direction, his bands have received straight distinguished ratings at concert festival and has reached KMEA state finals for 5 consecutive years.

Tim currently resides in Murray, KY with his wife, Carol, son Caleb, and soon to be born daughter Abigail.  Tim’s current professional organizaitons are West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (WTSBOA), MENC, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and Kentucky Music Educators Association. Tim received his master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University.

beth stribling

Beth Stribling, Assistant Director

Beth Stribling, a native of Murfreesboro,Tennessee, is currently in her 32nd year of teaching with the last 26 at Murray Middle School in Murray, Kentucky. Under her direction, the band program at Murray Middle has received recognition for its musical excellence in the areas of concert, jazz and small ensemble performances.  Her concert bands have consistently received distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Festivals. During her tenure at Murray Middle, Ms. Stribling has been able to establish an annual middle school instrumental clinic and a jazz festival that offer outstanding performance and educational opportunities to middle school students throughout the area. She is active as an adjudicator and guest conductor in both Kentucky and Tennessee.

Ms. Stribling received her BME from Middle Tennessee State University and an MME and Rank I from Murray State University. In 2007, she received her National Board Certification. Beth has served two terms as the State Elementary/Middle School Chair for KMEA, has served as the secretary/treasurer and is currently serving as President for 1st District KMEA. She has been honored by being twice selected as the Outstanding Middle School Music Educator for 1st District and nominated for the state level of the same office by both 1st and 3rd districts. She was recently selected as the 2011 KMEA Middle School Music Teacher of the year and in April will be inducted into the MTSU Band of  Blue Hall of Fame. Additional honors include selection as an Outstanding Young Woman of American and to Who’s Who of America’s Teachers. Ms. Stribling is a member of MENC, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Delta Kappa, KEA and Delta Omicron

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