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Director of Bands


Mr. Ollie Liddell

Mr. Liddell received his Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University and his Master of Music Degree from the University of Mississippi. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Mississippi.

After stints teaching in Mississippi and at East High School in Memphis, TN, Mr. Liddell took over the responsibilities of Director of Bands at Memphis Central High School. At Central, Mr. Liddell has transformed the band program including recognitions such as being recently featured on the Lifetime Network series “Bring It”, being a three-time finalist at the Savannah Swing Central National Jazz Competition, winning the designation of Grand National Champion at the 2017 National High Stepping Show Band Competition, and consistently receiving Superior Ratings in Concert Band, Wind Ensembles, Jazz Festivals, and Marching Contests.  His individual recognitions include being a Teacher Effectiveness Measure (SCS TEM) Level 5 Educator, a one-time GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Semifinalist, a two-time GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Quarterfinalist and a Minority Scholar Fellowship recipient at the University of Mississippi.

In addition to the contributions Mr. Liddell is making in the classroom for students, he is also very active in service to the music education profession, serving on the Shelby County Schools Fine Arts Leadership Council, serving as the President of the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, and a Peer Reviewer for the Tennessee Department of Education Student Growth Measures System for Teacher Evaluation. Liddell is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Gamma Beta Phi Graduate Honors Societies as well as Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Liddell is an active musician (Trombone), arranger, and clinician for music education and serves as a mentor to young band directors in Memphis/Shelby County.