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Director of Bands - Warren East HS
Assistant Director - Warren East MS
Band Director - North Warren Elementary School
Band Director - Oakland Elementary School
Mr. Cline is entering his seventh year as the Director of Bands at Warren East High School, where he also teaches Dual Credit Music Appreciation in conjunction with South Central Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKyCTC). He is also the Beginning Band Director at North Warren & Oakland Elementary Schools.
Under his direction at Warren East, the Raider Marching band reached the KMEA Class AAA State Semifinals four times, placing 13th in 2009, 10th in both 2010 & 2011, and 12th in 2012.
The Symphonic Band has received overall Proficient Ratings at the KMEA District Concert Performance Assessment in 2010, 2011, and 2013; and an overall Distinguished Rating in 2012, 2014, and 2015. The Symphonic Band performed at the KMEA State Concert Band Festival in 2012, 2014, and 2015; where they received an overall Proficient Rating.
He has also overseen the creation of the Warren East Raider Invitational marching band contest, which was first held in October 2011, along with the resurgence of the Warren East Jazz Band.
Mr. Cline graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University in December 2007 with a Bachelor of Music degree, and was awarded a Master of Arts in Education degree in May 2012, also from WKU.
Prior to coming to Warren East, Mr. Cline served as a Graduate Assistant with the Bands at Western Kentucky University from January 2008 to May 2009. In this role, he was an Assistant Director of the Big Red Marching Band; Co-Director of the Big Red Volleyball Band; and an Assistant Director of the Big Red Basketball Band, where he was responsible for taking groups to San Francisco, CA and Phoenix, AZ with the NCAA Men's & Women's Basketball Tournament in 2008. He was also a guest conductor for the WKU Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, and Trombone Ensemble, as well as an adjudicator for the 2008 Kentucky Science Olympiad.
Mr. Cline completed his student teaching at Warren East High School in the fall of 2007, and has also served as a private lessons instructor for students at Edmonson County High School and the Glasgow Independent Schools. He has performed in the pit orchestra for numerous musical productions. He has also taught band camp at both Warren Central and Warren East High Schools.
A native of Bowling Green, Mr. Cline is a 2002 graduate from Warren Central High School, where he was a 4-year member of the Dragon Band. Although he graduated a Dragon, he is a Raider through-and-through now! When he's not teaching or otherwise involved with the band, Mr. Cline enjoys spending time with his wife (Jessica), friends, family, and dogs (Rodney & Topper); playing games, and traveling.
Director of Bands - Warren East MS
Assistant Director - Warren East HS
Band Director - Bristow Elementary
Band Director - Richardsville Elementary
Mr. Leavell is entering his eleventh year as the Director of Bands at Warren East Middle School and the Assistant Director at Warren East High School. He is also the Beginning Band Director at Bristow and Richardsville Elementary Schools.
Under his direction, the Warren East Middle School Bands have received Proficient Ratings at the KMEA Bowling Green District Concert Band Festival. Mr. Leavell has also overseen the creation of the Warren East MS Jazz Band & Warren East MS/HS Indoor Percussion Ensemble.
Mr. Leavell has won several awards & received many honors during his time at Warren East. He was named the Third District Music Educators' Association Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2010-11. In March 2012, he received the SCGC Percussion Directors' Award for his work with the Indoor Percussion Ensemble. In June 2012, he was named an Innovative Percussion Educator, reflecting his work in the field of percussion.
Along with these honors, Mr. Leavell currently serves as the Third District Music Educators' Association President, a term which he began in August 2014. He also has served as the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit's Kentucky State Representative from 2012-15.
Mr. Leavell graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in Fall of 2003 and is currently completing his Master's Degree. While at WKU, he had the opportunity to study percussion under Dr. Christopher Norton and Dr. Mark Berry.
Mr. Leavell has worked as a percussion instructor at Todd County High School, Greenwood High School, and Warren Central High School, and has adjudicated percussion for local contests. He has also arranged indoor percussion programs for Russellville High School and Logan County High School, and is the current front ensemble manager for Magic of Mobile, a new drum corps out of Atlanta. His concert band compositions have been premiered by the Warren East High and Middle School concert bands. Mr. Leavell also gives private lessons in percussion performance to area high school and middle school students.
Mr. Leavell's hometown is Elkton, KY and he graduated from Todd County Central High School in 1999. However, he has lived in Texas and North Carolina. When not teaching or composing, he enjoys watching TV, playing video games, and being with friends. He now resides in Bowling Green, KY.
Chris Cline: Baritones & Sousaphones
Jessica Cline: Trumpets & Mellophones
Keila Coomer: Flutes
Bridgett Graves: Clarinets
Jacob McGrew: Percussion
Emily Rohrer: Color Guard
Allie Wilson: Color Guard