Arts

Hall of Fame

The Briarcrest Christian School Fine Arts Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to honor alumni who have excelled and obtained significant success in their chosen field of Fine Arts or Fine Arts Education and former faculty who have made significant contributions to the Fine Arts of Briarcrest.
    • 2021 Fine Arts Hall of Fame Recipients

2021 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis started his career at Briarcrest in the Spring of 1988 as a long-term sub for the Assistant Band Director who was on maternity leave. He was then hired as the Briarcrest Director of Bands in the Fall of 1988, a position he held until 2000.  His teaching responsibilities included an award-winning marching band and concert band, jazz band, and beginning and intermediate bands.  He also directed the orchestra for most of the school musicals. During this time, he consistently had students in the All-West TN bands, the All-State Band, Memphis Youth Symphony, and other college honor bands. From 2000-2003, Mark moved to the Administration Office to head up the IT department before returning back to the classroom to teach Middle School band classes when the High School moved to the Eads campus. From 2003-2008, he taught 6th-8thgrade band, while still helping out in the IT department. During that time, he also started the Middle School Praise Band that could be heard leading worship in school chapel programs.  Mark credits a lot of the success of the band program to the great teaching of fundamentals by his predecessors, Terry McNatt and Ron Turner.
 
In 2008, Mark accepted the position of Director of Instrumental Music at Second Baptist School in Houston, TX.  During his 11 years there, he taught MS band, HS band, a String Ensemble, directed the orchestra for all high school musicals, and taught Music Theory. In addition to his teaching assignments, he helped the Elementary Music teacher form a 4th grade handbell choir that they co-taught. From 2008-2009, he directed the Second Baptist Church orchestra while they were in transition of hiring a full-time director, as well as directing the adult handbell choir for 5 years.
 
In 2020, Mark moved to Fairfield Bay, Arkansas where he is currently the Band/Choir director for West Side High School in Greers Ferry, Arkansas.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his rescue German Shepherd who travels with him everywhere in the USA. He also travels overseas with Global Missions Project where he plays in their Big Band and their Orchestra using music as a tool to introduce people to Christ.  Some of those trips have taken him to Romania, Scotland, Vienna, and Hungary, but his favorite trip is his yearly trip to Guatemala during Christmas Break where he works with students in an orphanage teaching private lessons on band instruments, and working with students in an after-school music program that is not only designed to keep the kids off the streets away from drugs and gangs, but also to teach them about Christ.


Laura Patton Long 

Laura Patton Long 
has always loved music. From learning classical piano by ear in early years to high school, studying with University of Memphis professor Joan Gilbert, to joining band in junior high, music was calling. Laura took up trombone thanks to Terry McNatt and the Briarcrest Marching and Concert Bands, attaining first chair in Tennessee All-State and district bands, ultimately being selected for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band made up of two representatives from each state. She joined students from all over the U.S. to experience New York, Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles and march in four parades, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day and the Rose Bowl. 
Laura Long completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree summa cum laude at the University of Memphis and a Master of Divinity in Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from which she received the Phyllis Heeren Award as Outstanding Graduate for the School of Church Music and Worship. 
One of her greatest joys is making music for worship. She has served several churches, including as Children’s Music Coordinator with multiple children’s choirs and musical productions, working with Adult, Middle- and High-School vocal and handbell choirs, accompanying on piano, organ and keyboard, and as orchestral trombonist. Currently she serves as pianist at First Baptist Church of New Albany, MS. She enjoys playing a wide range of styles from Classical to musical theater to contemporary and traditional church music, and particularly loves to improvise on the piano.
For ten years Laura Long has worked at Blue Mountain College teaching Music Theory, Piano and Music Appreciation as well as accompanying the Chorale and vocal and instrumental students in recitals and competitions. She has accompanied vocal students in winning state and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions, as well as national competitions such as John Alexander and Orpheus. She received the James Ronald Brothers Collaborative Pianist Award from the NATS Southern region in 2019. 
At BMC Laura works closely with her husband, Dr. Greg Long, chair of the Fine Arts Department as he directs the Chorale, teaches voice and prepares young people for music ministry. They reside in New Albany, MS and enjoy family, church and travel – and roller coasters! 
 
 
 
 

Criteria

Candidates for induction into the Briarcrest Christian School Fine Arts Hall of Fame will be considered based on their significant achievements in the Arts, professionalism within the Arts and in its perpetuation, personal character and their mirroring of the mission of Briarcrest Christian School.

Candidates must be alumni of Briarcrest Christian School, former faculty or persons who have made significant contribution to the Fine Arts at Briarcrest.  Alumni nominees must have graduated ten years prior to induction.

Past Recipients

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  • 2020 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Dr. Brian Green

    A native Memphian, Brian attended Briarcrest from 1978-1990. During his high school years, he was heavily involved in both the choir and drama programs. He used all of his solos and roles as opportunities to polish his craft and hone his leadership. As president of the Concert Choir, Brian exemplified true leadership with his talent, as well as his attitude. A Top Twenty Scholar during his senior year, Brian was recognized in the Senior Class Who’s Who as Best Performer.
     
    After graduating from Briarcrest, Brian attended Furman University and continued his education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his residency in 2006 and his fellowship in 2007 from the University of Missouri-Columbus. Dr. Green later served as clinical instructor and assistant professor for the Clinical Radiology and Child Health department at the University of Missouri-Columbus before moving to Memphis. He is currently a Pediatric Radiologist with Memphis Radiological, PC (MRPC).
     
    Brian and his wife, Lori, have five children, Alex (BCS ’18), Christian (BCS ’20), Lauren (BCS ’21), Zachary (BCS ’23), and Gracie (BCS ’25). As an alumnus and parent, Brian served on the Briarcrest Board of Trustees from 2012 – 2018. During that time, Brian and Lori generously supported many fine arts initiatives, including the Fulfilling the Promise Campaign, which brought the Sparks Chapel and Performing Arts Center to fruition. Brian continues to support and be involved in the arts locally by singing in the community at various events, as well as on the praise team and choir of his local church. 
     

    Dr. Clair and Mrs. Clarice Cox
     
    The Cox family’s support of Fine Arts includes significant advances in Instrumental Music, notably support for the Band program in 2004. A combination of endowed support for the program and construction of the Dr. and Mrs. Cox Marching Band Rehearsal Field positioned the “Mighty Sound” with long-term financial support and a consistent, well-groomed surface for rehearsals throughout the season. In Spring 2019, Mrs. Clarice W. Cox partnered with BriarcrestArts to expand our already extensive collection of facilities to create the school’s new state-of-the-art Piano Keyboard Lab in honor of all Briarcrest music teachers. Each of the lab’s 16 student stations features a Yamaha P125B digital piano working in tandem with the instructor’s Yamaha LC4 Lab Controller. Starting in the upper elementary and continuing all the way through high school, the keyboard lab enables Briarcrest to continue raising the bar for students in our vocal and instrumental music programs.
     
    Dr. and Mrs. Cox have also proudly sponsored the Clarice Cox Excellence in Watercolor Award since 2013. The award is presented to a regional student whose work was submitted by their art teacher to the Briarcrest Regional Arts Contest and Exhibition (BRACE). The exhibition provides a venue for displaying students’ artwork, encouraging young artists and connecting the local visual arts community.
     
    Dr. and Mrs. Cox have four sons, Clair (BCS ’78), Danny (’81), Kevin (’86) and Ken (’89), and 11 grandchildren.
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  • 2019 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Amy Howard

    After graduating from Briarcrest in 1978, Amy Howard created the very first double degree in Art History and Business at the University of Memphis. With a drive to pursue artisan level craftsmanship in her work, Amy later moved to Italy to apprentice with expert furniture finishers. Upon her return, the Amy Howard Collection was born. 
     
    Alongside her husband, Gene, Amy designed and manufactured furniture for dozens of showrooms and private clients around the world. In time, the Howards began to notice individuals wanted to learn how to replicate the finishes they created, and the couple turned their custom work into a line of high-performance DIY products. 
     
    Amy Howard at Home is now a leading name in the DIY and refinishing space, and the product line can be found in thousands of Ace Hardware stores across the globe.
     
    In 2015, Amy published her first book, A Maker’s Guide, part love letter to creative souls and part comprehensive roadmap for starting a business. Amy’s second book in 2018, Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard's Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories, details the techniques that made her the go-to refinishing and “use what you have” redecorating expert.
     
    In 2017, Amy founded A Makers’ Studio to enable creatives to grow a business and community through crafting, teaching and mentoring. It also provided for the creation of the RE•NEW•ALL Candle Collection, which are hand-poured candles by survivors of human trafficking. 
     
    These days, you will find Amy providing free, weekly training on Amy Howard at Home products and mentoring A Makers’ Studio business owners in her Memphis headquarters.
     
    Joe Murphy
     
    Joe Murphy’s love and legacy of performance was ignited as a member of the Briarcrest Marching, Symphonic and Jazz Bands under the direction of Terry McNatt and Ron Turner, and a member of the Concert Choir under the direction of Steven May. 
     
    After graduating from Briarcrest in 1982, Joe majored in tuba performance at Tennessee Tech University, performed at Carnegie Hall as a tuba soloist in 1985, and was a member and featured tuba soloist of the United States Air Force Band from 1987-1991.
     
    A Miraphone Tuba Recording Artist for over 20 years, Joe is one of the top tuba players in the United States. He has played live and on hundreds of recording projects with artists such as Steven Tyler (of AEROSMITH), Evanescence, Garth Brooks, John Pizzarelli, Michael Bolton, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, Michael McDonald, and Vince Gill, to name a few. 
     
    Joe has also been featured in dozens of movie, television & video game soundtracks such as, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and World War II, Spider-Man, Star Wars: Battlefront, the History Channel series: Texas Rising and Outlander, Vin Diesel's movie, The Last Witch Hunter, as well as The Shack, Animal Crackers, Show Dogs, The Glass Castle, and Tom Hank's soon-to-be-released, Greyhound.
     
    Over the last 20 years, Joe has been a director, arranger and music contributor to numerous championship drum corps, college marching bands, jazz bands and high school band programs nationwide, including SPIRIT from JSU, Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Illinois State University, LSU, University of Southern Mississippi, and dozens of others, including the 2013 Briarcrest Marching Band.
     
    From 2001-2010, Joe was the Artist In Residence and Asst. Director of Bands at Cumberland University. Joe currently serves as the Asst. Director and Chief Arranger of Athletic Bands at Vanderbilt University.
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  • 2018 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Born in Orange, Texas, wildlife artist and writer Charles Alexander grew up exploring the woods and fields of his childhood home near Germantown, Tennessee, a now much-altered landscape that first awakened his love of the natural world.

    A 1982 Briarcrest graduate, Charles went on to earn a University of Memphis self-designed degree: Writing and Illustrating Works of Natural History. He later studied painting with wildlife artist Robert Abbett at the Scottsdale Artist’s School and with the renowned New York pastelist, Daniel E. Greene. In 1996, he began an intensive course in 19th century painting methods with master teacher Kathryn Manzo at the Contemporary Realist Academy in Memphis.

    At the age of twelve, Charles began volunteering at the Memphis Zoo, dreaming of being hired as a keeper one day. At eighteen, that dream came true when he was presented with the chance to raise an orphaned lowland gorilla, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that opened the door to a full-time zookeeper career.  During his Memphis Zoo years, he was privileged to work with a multitude of rare species one-on-one, an experience that emboldened his desire to use his art and writing to raise awareness of the plight of vanishing wildlife around the world.

    Charles left the zoo in 1995 to pursue his art full time. He has since researched his stories and paintings in many wild places, including the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and flamingo lakes of Kenya and Tanzania; the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda, home of the mountain gorilla; the tall and shortgrass prairies of the American Great Plains; and the bottomland swamp forests of the Lower Mississippi floodplain, to name just a few.
     In 1994, Charles began collecting stories in Madison Parish, Louisiana. He eventually recorded the oral histories of eighty different people throughout the delta country, in an effort to piece together an environmental history of the South’s last great wilderness, once home of the ivory-billed woodpecker.

    A signature member of the Artists for Conservation foundation, Charles has exhibited his paintings coast-to-coast in such diverse venues as San Francisco’s Ft Mason Center and New Jersey’s Hiram Blauvelt Museum, one of only three museums in the United States dedicated exclusively to wildlife art. His work has been published in numerous natural history books and magazines, including Birder’s World, Wildlife Art, World Pheasant Association News, Texas Birds, and The Journal of the Texas Ornithological Society. In 2007, his work with Congo’s Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary was chosen by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations World Environment Program for inclusion in Art Into Action: Nature, Creativity, and Our Collective Future, a book featuring the work of seventy-nine artists from around the world whose art reflects the urgent need to conserve our planet’s natural heritage.

    Charles now lives two miles from Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas, where he has studied wild parrots since 2012. He is currently working on new paintings and two primary book projects: one on the Valley’s parrots and another based on his Madison Parish stories.
     
     
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  • 2017 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Emily Ozier graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in 1998. She treasured the time she had in the Plus Program with Mrs. Lois Parker and credits Mrs. Parkers creative teaching style with preparing her for the creative work she does today. Emily also credits her high school art teacher with playing a huge role in her art education, describing this time in her life as invaluable.

    Emily’s mother, who is retired Briarcrest Spanish teacher, Marciel York, remembers discovering her daughter was an artist when at the age of three, she designed and painted a family of bumblebees and then created a 3-D house filled with bee furniture for them. She published her first work, an illustrated cookbook at the age of 10. Years and years of drawing laid the foundation for the painting that would come later in her life.

    After high school, Emily attended Auburn University and graduated with a degree in communication and English Literature. Since then, she has studied in Italy with an impressionist master focusing on a method passed down from the impressionist painter, John Singer Sargent. In 2014 Emily attended training at Harvard seeking to deepen her understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts.

    Emily spends extended time in an apartment in Manhattan with daily time spent in the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This time also serves to edify her children’s educational principles of learning through experience and the arts.

    Her artwork can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and her collections are shown in galleries in London, England as well.

    Emily and her husband John are the proud parents of six children and reside in Germantown, TN.
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  • 2016 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    After high school graduation, Jana attended The University of Memphis. During that time, Jana did some recording and was referred to Mr. Tom Collins, a music producer, to help her begin a career in music. Mr. Collin’s advice was search and record some original songs and he helped her get in touch with a songwriter that sent some songs for her to consider. Unfortunately, the message in the songs was against what she had been taught at home and at Briarcrest and she felt convicted and declined the offer. In 1984, Jana auditioned for the traveling Christian group, TRUTH, and made it into callbacks. However, her plans and priorities changed since she was also dating a handsome guy at the same time. In 1985, Jana married Don West, an alumni from Elliston Baptist Academy-- a BCS rival.
     
    Shortly after Don and Jana married, her older brother, Mark (also a BCS alum), was suddenly killed in a car accident. This tragic event shaped Jana’s testimony and character more than she would ever have imagined.
     
    Don and Jana have two beautiful daughters, Natalie Grace (2006 BCS graduate) and Rachel Faith (2011 BCS graduate). Jana’s family has owned a real estate office, Sowards & Associates, since the early 1970’s. In 1987 Jana became an affiliate broker in her family’s business and still works for them today.
     
    In 1990, Jana had the opportunity to record the demonstration vocals on accompaniment tracks for southern gospel music. At the same time, the Gaither Homecoming videos became very popular. Jana was asked to organize the music for the musicians that played on the videos, which allowed her to be a participant in most of those videos over the next ten years. Mr. Bill Gaither & Mr. Ben Speer asked her to sing on the background tracks that were used for the video productions. She was blessed and honored to meet some amazing Gospel singers and enjoyed every minute.
     
    Don and Jana have served in several different churches throughout their years together including children, youth, and young adult ministries. Don, the Worship Pastor at Christ Community Baptist Church, is a gifted songwriter and guitarist. Both Don and Jana, as well as their two daughters, use their musical gifts to serve the Lord wherever He leads them.
     
    Jana was reluctant to accept this award because she feels very unworthy. However, she is grateful to be used by God and honored to be chosen for such a title. She wants to convey that she is “far from what she once was but not yet who she is going to be.”
    She thanks the committee for this award and will strive to live up to the mission statement of Briarcrest and what the Lord desires for her life.
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  • 2015 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    The Briarcrest Alumni Association inducted one new member into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame during the 7th annual Briarcrest POPS concert on May 2, 2015. The 2015 Fine Arts Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient is Briarcrest Alumnae Paula Ward Hedgepeth '84.
     
    Mrs. Hedgepeth was drawn to the piano at an early age. She would crawl up on the piano bench to play and her mother began recognizing her ability to play by ear. By the age of 6 she was enrolled in formal classical lessons and continued for the next 14 years.
     
    During High School she was the Concert Choir Pianist and accompanist for All West Tennessee Honor Choir. As a vocalist she made All West and All State Tennessee Honor Choir. She was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and was awarded outstanding senior in the vocal music department.
     
    Currently, she is serving in her 10th year as pianist at Grace Evangelical Church and in her 28th year as a private piano instructor in her home studio. She is innovative and current in her teaching methods by using the latest technology and is creative in ways to keep her students excited about. She has taught hundreds of children and adults and has former students who are now music teachers and many are volunteer musicians. She has played in countless venues and sings each week with her church worship band which has recorded at Ardent studios. She is an active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Germantown-Collierville Area Piano Teachers Association, having served in the past as Festival Chairman and President.
     
    Paula and her husband Jeff have five grown children and recently became grandparents.
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  • 2014 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Briarcrest  Alumni Association inducted three new members into their Fine Arts Hall of Fame during the 6th annual Briarcrest POPS concert on May 2, 2014.  These highly skilled and gifted alumni must meet stringent criteria for induction based on their achievements, professionalism, and character. 

    Brandon Holmes ’04 works in the digital film industry, with credits in the blockbuster “Frozen”, “Rise of the Guardians”, “Megamind” and “Shrek Forever After”.  He is currently a coordinator for Disney Animation Studios, in Burbank, California and worked in various coordinator roles at DreamWorks Animation Studios.  Brandon received his BFA in Illustration, with a minor in Digital Film from the prestigious Ringling School of Art and Design on a Presidential Scholarship. 

    Jonathan Chu 
    ‘99 started his musical career at the age of three, and has spent his life bringing the joy of beautiful music to millions.  Growing up he performed with the Memphis String Orchestra and the Memphis Youth Symphony.  After studying violin performance at The University of Memphis, he began a career as a touring musician, playing with artists such as Todd Agnew and Big Daddy Weave. Currently Jonathan tours with the Christian hard rock group Skillet, which boasts a successful touring schedule as well as a recent Platinum Record that debuted at Number Two on the Billboard Top 100.

    Jerry Goin ‘80 began promoting bands his senior year in high school and got his first real break in the music business when he was hired as Radio and Promotions Director at Voice Box Records in 1980. He helped the Blackwood Brothers single, "We Come To Worship" rise to number one on the charts and the album won the Grammy for "Best Inspirational Album".  Their next release, "I'm Following You" also won a Grammy in 1983 for "Best Inspirational Album". He is currently Vice President at Toof American Digital and has remained a voting member of The Recording Academy and the Grammys for over twenty-five years.
  • 2013 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Mr. Craig Thompson '79. While at Briarcrest he designed the cover of Desiderata magazine and designed the 1979 High School annual. After High School Mr. Thompson founded Disciple Design, a full service design firm celebrating its 20 year anniversary.  

    Disciple Design focuses on branding for non-profit, educational and faith based organizations. They also feature work from up and coming artists with a faith based perspective. Mr. Thompsons firm has won various awards including Art Director’s Club of New York, International Typography Club, local, regional and national Addy Awards including 3 best of shows and 4 judges special awards and 3 Dove Award nominations for recorded music packaging.  

    Mr. Ron Turner served as the Briarcrest High School Jazz band director and assisted with the High School Marching Band from 1980 – 1987.  He is a past officer of West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association and has chaired numerous events including all west Tennessee band and orchestra auditions, West Tennessee Concert Band Festival and Tennessee all state jazz ensemble.  He was co-conductor with his wife Paula, of the Bartlett Community Concert Band for almost 10 years. 

    His bands have consistently received superior ratings at local and national festivals for the past 20 years.  Mr. Turner is a member of the national association for Music Educators, Phi Mu Alpha – Professional Music Fraternity and Phi Beta Mu, - Honorary Band Directors Fraternity. He recently retired from a 36 year career teaching band in and around the Memphis area. 
     
     
  • 2012 Fine Arts Hall of Fame

    Mr. Andy Childs, '80 was active in concert choir and theatre at Briarcrest.  He graduated from the University of Memphis in music business and recording engineering. Andy has been in the music business for over 30 years and recorded with Sony Records, RCA Records and Warner Brother Records with several chart singles and music videos. He has written songs recorded by national and international recording artists. Andy has appeared on all major broadcast networks including the FOX series NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND by the producers of American Idol and is currently involved in the ABC television series “Nashville”.   Andy resides in Franklin, TN where he attends Brentwood Baptist Church.  He has two sons, Daniel and Cameron. 

    Mr. Keith Compton '78 for over thirty years, he has been involved in many aspects of the music industry primarily as an audio engineer having worked on numerous gold, platinum and both Grammy nominated and winning projects (17 nominated, 5 winning). He has produced projects and is an accomplished guitarist, sequencing programmer and published songwriter. Keith has designed and built high resolution audio equipment and was one of the youngest governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is also an adjunct at The Art Institute of Tennessee. 

    Dr. Dave Knowlton '86.  While a student, he was a member of the band, serving as band chaplain and an assistant percussion section leader his junior and senior year.  His senior year, he earned the "Most Outstanding Marching Band Member" award.  Dr. Knowlton has worked in seven different states as a percussion instructor, marching band show designer, music arranger, and clinician for a variety of middle schools, high schools, colleges, and drum and bugle corps.  He has judged regionally for the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association and Indiana Percussion Association.  He judges nationally for the United States Scholastic Band Association.  Dave, his wife Heather, and daughters Emma and Sarah live in Glen Carbon, IL.  

    Mr. Steve May served as Briarcrest’s Vocal Music Director from 1977 - 1990. His choirs continually earned superior ratings at regional and national competitions in New York City, Washington D.C., Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. In addition, the choir won first place at an international music festival in Quebec City, Ontario, in 1986. The Concert Choir averaged thirty concerts a year during that time. In addition to Concert Choir, Steve directed the Beginning and Advanced Choruses, as well as the Men and Women’s Choruses, taught Music Theory, and was a co-sponsor of Tri-M. He returned in 1998-99 as Director of the Concert Choir while the school pursued its next full time director. He also served as Minister of Music at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church while at Briarcrest and later at Leawood Baptist Church. He is presently in the same role at First Baptist Church in Winter Park, Florida, where he has served since 2001.

     Rev. Terry McNatt came to Briarcrest as Director of Bands in 1978. During his ten-year tenure, the band program was a consistently Superior rated band that was recognized nationally and won multiple honors from 1978 to 1988 in marching, concert & jazz.  One proud accomplishment was the tremendous growth in the Beginning and Intermediate Band Program which was primarily due to the hiring of a full-time Middle School Band Director, Mr. Ron S. Turner.  Terry and Ron were a team! Terry is honored to share the band’s tremendous success during his tenure with Ron Turner. From 1988 to 2000, Terry served as Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Germantown Baptist Church and founded the orchestra at GBC and the Germantown Baptist Conservatory of Music - a private music lesson program that grew to over 500 students with a faculty of thirty. For the past 12½ years, Terry has served as Worship and Music Pastor at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Terry’s wife, Mary Ruth, also served at Briarcrest as an elementary music teacher.  The McNatts have two daughters, Melody and Michelle, two son-in-laws and two absolutely fabulous grandkids!  About this special evening, Terry wants to say: “To God be the Glory for all that HE accomplished and will continue to accomplish at Briarcrest.  It was an honor and a God-given privilege for Mary Ruth and I to serve the Briarcrest Family for ten years.  Our lives were blessed by the relationships and friendships that began here in 1978 and continue to this very day!  The students, faculty, administration, and parents that we were privileged to teach and work with ARE the success story of our time at Briarcrest.  To them - GOD BLESS YOU AND WE LOVE YOU ALL!”  

    Mrs. Elaine Neeley was the first art instructor for Briarcrest high school from 1974 – 1984.  Since beginning her own business in 1984, her artwork includes limited edition prints of Memphis and Nashville as well as commissioned paintings and portraiture.  She has founded and staged charitable events such as the Art for Heart’s Sake art sale benefiting the American Heart Association and the Kaleidoscope Craft Sale benefiting LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. This December, the Memphis Phoenix Club will honor Elaine for the seventh time by featuring her Memphis art among their fundraising Christmas card selections.  Always believing that’s God’s purpose for her life is to teach and guide others in the fulfillment and enjoyment of His artistic gifts, she continues to teach privately over 150 students.  Her hobby for twenty years has been fostering and placing abandoned and stray kittens in “Forever Homes.”  It has been a mission of love. 

     Ms. Kim Trammell '88. Her involvement at Briarcrest included being a member of the Marching, Symphonic and Jazz Bands under the direction of Terry McNatt and Ron Turner; a member of the Concert Choir under the direction of Steve May; a member of the All-West Tennessee Honor Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band, and was nominated to the McDonald's All-American High School Band. After graduating, Kim attended the University of Memphis on a full music scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree in music, becoming an Adjunct percussion instructor /music arranger for several Mid-South area marching band programs, including The University of Memphis, Briarcrest, Munford, and Cordova. In her performing career as a drummer and percussionist, Kim has shared the stage and studio with such great artists such as: Jimmy Buffett, Darius Rucker, CMA Musician of the Year- Mac McAnally; Contemporary Christian Artist- Todd Agnew; Dove and Grammy award winners Bruce Carroll and Kim Hill; Opera singer Kallen Esperian, The Iris Chamber Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Kim has also worked professionally with other Briarcrest Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductees, Terry McNatt, Barry Trobaugh, Keith Compton and Andy Childs. 

    Mr. Barry Trobaugh '75.  He was a two-time Tennessee All State musician and a member of the first ever band at Briarcrest under the direction of Mr. Larry Volman.  Barry is in his 32rd year as a music educator and is currently the Director of Bands at Munford High School Band where his 200 member band is the reigning USSBA 2011 National Champions.  Under Barry, the Munford band holds two Tennessee state championships (2007 and 2010) and has won the Bandmasters Championship held at the Liberty Bowl an impressive 13 times.  Barry has served as President of the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association and currently serves as the Tennessee Music Education Association and the Tennessee Bandmasters Association representative for West Tennessee Bands. The driving force in Barry's life is his beautiful wife Debbie and their daughter Kaitlyn.  Without their support, many of his successes would have never been possible.

    Dr. Mike Turpin '75   he was the class salutatorian, band president, McDonald’s All-American High School Band, 1st chair all-region and all-state bands; and wrote the high school Alma Mater.  He graduated Summa cum Laude in 1979 from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. In 1981 he received a Master of Music Education from the University of South Carolina. He received his Professional Counselor Certification for Texas in 1993 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Training & Development in 2003 from Texas A&M University. Mike is currently the Vice President of Institutional Planning at Kilgore College where he has worked since 1984 in various positions such as Music Instructor Adjunct; Director of Accreditation Office, Coordinator of Counseling & Advising and Director of Student Services.  He was named to Who’s Who Among America’s College & University Teachers in 2004 & 2005.  Mike’s career highlights include leading student performing groups in San Francisco; New York; Philadelphia; London, England; and Nice, France.  Additionally, private lesson high school students consistently win first-division ratings at region and state solo-ensemble contests and regularly earn positions in Texas all-region and all-state bands. Mike has been married for 32 years to his wife, Terry. They are active members of First Baptist Church Longview TX.  Their sons Zach & Philip are graduates of Texas Tech University and work in Dallas.

    Mr. Larry Volman served as the first high school band director at Briarcrest from 1974-78. He was one the founding faculty members for the high school and one of three members used in newspaper advertisements recruiting students for the start-up of the high school. Larry devised and implemented a system for teaching beginning band at the satellite elementary schools as well as supervised the teachers who taught at those schools. He formed concert, jazz and marching bands at the high school level. He wrote the curriculum for instrumental instruction for their state and regional accreditation processes. Under Larry's leadership the concert band won competition in its very first year; every marching, concert, and jazz ensemble received straight superior ratings at every festival entered during Larry's tenure. The marching band placed first in class in the Memphis State University marching contest in 1976 and 1977;  the marching band was named the small class champion at the prestigious  Middle Tennessee State University Marching Contest of Champions in the fall of 1977; the 1977 and 1978 band programs lead the region in the number of students selected for the Tennessee All-State Band.Larry and his wife, Martha Lynn, live in McDonough, GA.