Tyler Hart - Director of Bands
Tyler Hart is originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He holds a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Memphis and a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Murray State University, both of which he graduated with honors and Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Hart is also in pursuit of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. Hart is currently in his 6th year as an educator and his 5th year as Director of Bands at Desoto Central Middle School in Southaven, Mississippi. He also serves as the assistant band director at Desoto Central High School where he assists with the marching band and directs the symphonic band.
While in residence at Desoto Central Middle School, Mr. Hart has conducted the 6th-8th grade bands, where approximately 26% of the student population is enrolled. Desoto Central Middle School bands have earned multiple Superior ratings at concert assessment and continue to produce the highest population of students awarded as members of county and district-wide honor bands. In addition, Mr. Hart commenced the first middle school jazz band at DCMS, which have consistently received distinguished ratings at Murray State University’s Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival.
Mr. Hart is an active member of the Conn-Selmer Music Educator VIP program where he serves as an active leader and educator in the community. Mr. Hart is also a member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Hernando-Desoto Band Directors Association. Mr. Hart’s primary instrument is the Euphonium and he has performed with the Murray State University Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Dennis L. Johnson, the University of Louisville Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Dr. Frederick Speck, the Murray Community Band, Desoto County Community Band, Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, and the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.
Prior to his appointment at Desoto Central Middle School, Mr. Hart was the Director of Bands at Paragould Jr. High School in Paragould, Arkansas. Mr. Hart currently lives in Southaven, MS with his wife, Emily, son Charlie, and two dogs Ruby and Darcy.
Jocelyn Hembruch - Assistant Director
Jocelyn comes from Newburgh, Indiana where she grew up most of her life. Her endeavors in music started in the Castle Band program, known for its tradition of excellence. It was in the Castle band where her love for teaching music and performing flourished. In 2008, Jocelyn graduated with honors from CHS and pursued a degree in music education from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. While at Murray, Jocelyn participated in many performing groups and was principal flautist of the MSU Wind Orchestra that performed in Chicago, MSU Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, Jazz Band, and member of the University Chorale that performed in Carnegie Hall. She also was a founding member and participant of an acapella group, The Muses, on campus.
A big factor in Jocelyn’s college experience was being a member of the Racer Band. Not only was she a member for all five years, but for three years she served as drum major and leader of the band. Jocelyn is also a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity. She served in many capacities over the years including Corresponding Secretary and President of the Iota Beta chapter. Jocelyn concluded her college career graduating in May of 2013 Magna Cum Laude.
Before coming to Desoto Central, Jocelyn held positions at well established band programs. In 2013, she was Assistant Band Director at Castle North Middle School in Newburgh, Indiana, while also assisting the high school with marching band. In 2015, she was the Assistant Band Director at Daviess County High School in Owensboro, Kentucky. Jocelyn also gave private lessons to students in her flute studio, provided masterclasses, and consulted for schools in Southern Indiana. Jocelyn was heavily involved in the Crossroads Christian Church music program that she attended with her husband and family. She was also a member of the Crossroads Christian Church Big Band.
Jocelyn and her husband, Ben Hembruch, moved to Southaven summer of 2016 when she accepted the Assistant Band Director position. Ben is the Director of Bands at Horn Lake Middle School in Horn Lake Mississippi. The Hembruch’s now live in their first home in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
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Devin Burgess - Percussion Director
Devin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville where he studied percussion performance with Joe Caploe and earned degrees in both instrumental and general music education. Throughout his marching career he performed with Oregon High School Marching Band, Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Gateway Indoor Percussion. He received the "Rookie of the Year Award" as a member of the Oregon Marching Band and was selected to represent Capital Sound at Walt Disney World for the DCI Honor Corps in 2005. He was also honored to be the marimba soloists as a recipient of the 2005 "Concerto Aria" competition for the University of Wisconsin Platteville music program.
Devin is currently the percussion coordinator for the Desoto Central Band program in Southaven, MS where he arranges for the Pride of Desoto Central Marching Band, directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches general music. He is also the founder, artistic director, and arranger for the Desoto Central Indoor Percussion Program.
Some previous teaching experience includes the Oregon Marching and Athletic Arts Program where Devin was the front ensemble coordinator and arranger for their flagship ensemble Shadow Armada and indoor percussion program Shadow Indoor from 2009-2012. Shadow Armada has earned seven consecutive percussion titles in the MACBDA circuit, and Shadow Indoor Percussion recent finalists in the WGI independent A circuit. Some other appointments include percussion designer for Hempstead High School in Dubuque, IA from 2006-2009, front ensemble coordinator for the Waukesha North "Northstar Marching Band" in 2011, Fort Atkinson Marching Band, Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band.
As an arranger and composer, Devin has written for multiple groups that compete in the BOA and WGI arenas. He has composed several works for percussion ensemble and is currently working on wind ensemble literature. He is the co-owner of D-Squared Music and Design and has arranged for several marching ensembles across the country.
Professional performance experience includes Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, and the Rountree Ensemble. He is also an experienced arranger and composer writing for numerous groups in the BOA and WGI circuits. He is endorsed as an educator with the best stick and mallet manufacturer in the world Innovative Percussion. He is also endorsed by REMO drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Mapex/Majestic percussion.