Director of Harrison Bands
Mr. Mealer is a 1982 graduate of Mtn. View High School and earned a BME degree from Henderson State University in 1987. At HSU Mr. Mealer studied with Don E.Kramer, Wendell O. Evanson and Dr. Wes Branstein. Additional graduate coursework has been completed at PSU, MSU and WGU. Mr. Mealer has taught in Both Arkansas and Missouri. His Missouri experience included Monett, Webb City and Republic. His Arkansas teaching experience includes Pea Ridge, Pulaski County Special School District and is currently in his 7th year as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Harrison School District.
His concert, marching and jazz bands in Missouri earned superior ratings exclusively and the Harrison bands under his direction have received the coveted Arkansas “Sweepstakes” Citation Award. Bands under Mr. Mealer’s direction have performed with distinction in Branson, Kansas City, St Louis – MO, Winterpark – Colorado, Chicago – IL, Orlando – FL, Gettysburg – Pennsylvania and Washington DC. In 1993 his Monett concert band performed at the Missouri Music Educators Annual Conference. Mr. Mealer has conducted and been a guest clinician for bands in Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and Switzerland. Bands under Mr. Mealer direction have commissioned major concert, marching and jazz works from noted composers: Robert Sheldon, John Fannin, Pete Havely, Don Colquit and Phillip D. Brittain.
Mr. Mealer is an active member of ABA, ASBOA, NAfME, NBA and is on the John Philip Sousa Foundation Music Festival and Exhibit Committees. He is an active adjudicator in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
Mr. Mealer and his family (Rennee and Ashtyn) reside in Harrison.
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P. Dan Brittain
Mr. Brittain is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education/Theory and Composition and a Master of Music in Composition from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and a Diploma of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Music with a specialization in Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble from the University of Calgary. Among his teachers was the late Andy J. Patterson, a student of Arnold Schönberg.
Major Brittain served twenty years in the US Army, including a tour as Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Central Arkansas.
After retiring in 1990, Dan was named the first band director for Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Virginia. He has also served as Choirmaster at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cazenovia, New York, and as band director in Eastland, Texas, Green Forest and Jasper, Arkansas.
Dan continues to perform on Euphonium with the Ozark Mountains British Brass Band. He and his wife Myrna have three children and 3 grandchildren. He is an annual presenter at the Arkansas Folk Center State Park’s National Shape Note Gathering. He is a member of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, a Life Alumni Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a life Member of the Association of Concert Bands, a past member of their National Board of Directors; and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Cowboy Band Foundation.