Directors of the Oxford Band Program

 Mel Morse, Band Director

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Masters in Music Education, The University of Mississippi; Bachelor or Music, The University of Mississippi

Mel Morse, Band Director

Mel Morse earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Mississippi. During his time at Ole Miss, he served as drum major of the Pride of the South Marching Band for three years. Prior to his current position as Director of Bands at Oxford HS, Mr. Morse was the Director of Bands at Lewisburg HS in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Under his direction over the last six years, the Lewisburg High School (LHS) Marching band has finished no lower than second place including three State Championships.

In 2002 Mr. Morse was the recipient of the A.E. McClain award, given to the most outstanding young band director in the state of Mississippi. The LHS Concert band has received all superiors in concert and sight reading, bringing them the distinction of Sweepstakes winners.

Mr. Morse is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, and is past President of both the Northeast MS and the I-55 Band Director’s Associations. He has also directed the World-Champion Mississippi All-State Lion’s Band. While not busy spending time with his wife, Lewanda, and daughters, Emily (10) and Allie (8), he is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the state.

 Brenon Eaton, Assistant Band Director

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Brenon Eaton, Assistant Band Director

Brenon Eaton, a native of Booneville, Mississippi, attended The University of Mississippi where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education.  During his time at the University of Mississippi, Brenon was a graduate assistant and was principal percussionist for the UM Wind Ensemble, the LOU symphony, the Pride of the South Marching Band, the UM Steel Drum Band, and the UM Percussion Ensemble. 

Mr. Eaton was a band director at Hernando Middle School and High School for ten years.   While there, he coordinated and taught all middle school bands, all percussion classes and indoor groups, various small ensembles, and the all superior high school concert band.  He was also the marching band director for the Hernando High School Marching Band.  Under his direction the band won two 5A and 6A MHSAA State Championships and medaled four other times.  His percussion sections consistently placed top three at all contests, winning first place many times.

After his time at Hernando, Mr. Eaton taught for one year with the Grenada Band Program where he taught all battery percussion classes, the 7th grade concert band, and the second high school jazz band.

In 2012, Mr. Eaton was awarded the A.E. McLain Outstanding Young Band Director’s Award by the Mississippi Bandmasters Association.  He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association, Percussive Art’s Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity.  He is a past president of the Hernando-DeSoto Band Director’s Association and the I-55 Band Director’s Association.  From 2012-2016, Mr. Eaton served as drumline instructor and staff assistant on the Mississippi Lion’s All-State band staff with his wife Mandy, who was the dance instructor.  He is also the head percussion chair for the Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association.

Brenon is currently in his thirteenth year of teaching at Oxford Middle School and High School.  His role with the Oxford Band program includes teaching all percussion classes and the high school concert band. 

Brenon and his wife Mandy Bell Eaton, who owns and teaches a dance studio in Grenada, Mississippi reside in Oxford, MS with their two year old Bailey Carlisle Eaton.

 

 Catherine Patriquin, Assistant Band Director

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Bachelor of Music Education, Mississippi State University

Catherine Patriquin, Assistant Band Director

Catherine Patriquin has dreamed of being a music educator since she was a young girl. She played violin and piano as a child and began to play the saxophone in the 5th grade. In high school, Catherine chose to play oboe, too. She was a four-year member of the Mississippi Lion’s All State Band on two instruments (and almost dance!) and a participant in the 2014 United States Army All-American Marching Band in San Antonio, Texas. Catherine was also the drum major of the Blue Grey Pride for two years and was presented with the John Philip Sousa award for her accomplishments at the end of her high school music career.

When Catherine graduated from high school, she decided to pursue her music education dreams at The University of Alabama. There, she was selected to play saxophone in the Million Dollar Band, Jazz Ensemble I, and the Wind Ensemble. The summer of her freshman year, she transferred to Mississippi State University to be closer to home. A member of the Wind Ensemble and Woodwind trio on oboe, she also participated in the Famous Maroon Band, Jazz Band, and Saxophone Ensemble on tenor and soprano saxophone.

While attaining her Bachelors degree in Music Education, Catherine won the Mississippi State University Department of Music Concerto Competition and performed with the Starkville Symphony Orchestra. She was also the assistant for the Starkville Homeschool Co-Op band alongside Dr. Clifton Taylor her senior year. That year, she received the Keyone Dosher Award at the Ragtime Music Festival, and after her time as a student teacher in Biloxi, Mississippi, she received the Outstanding Teacher Intern Award from the College of Education.

Catherine lives with her miniature schnauzer, Sullivan, and loves to paint, play in the snow, and watch Disney movies! She is ecstatic to be a first-year teacher with Oxford Schools. Hail State and GO CHARGERS!

 Jessica Roebuck, Assistant Band Director & Color Guard Instructor

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Bachelor of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi

Jessica Roebuck, Assistant Band Director & Color Guard Instructor

Jessica Thompson is a graduate of the music education program at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2004 and 2005, Jessica was a member of the Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band color guard. In 2005, she was the drum major and guard captain for the Jackson Academy Band as they became the BOA Grand National Class A Champions. Jessica marched in the Spirit of JSU color guard in 2007. In 2008, Jessica marched with Phantom Regiment as they won Drum Corps International World Championships. Jessica spent the last four years as an assistant band director at Wayne County High School and the director at Clara Middle School. While at Wayne County, she started a successful high school and junior high winter guard, both of which participated in the Mississippi Indoor Association. Jessica spends her summers teaching band camps such as the Mississippi All-Star Band Camp and the USM Drum Major and Guard Camp.

Last Modified on August 7, 2019