Pleasure Ridge Park H.S. Band

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Ms. Debra K. Burnell-Wise
PRP Director of Bands



Ms. Burnell-Wise is currently in her 19th year of teaching and her 10th year as director of bands at Pleasure Ridge Park High School.  Under her direction, the band program at PRP has flourished in membership and in performance quality.  The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band have received consecutive distinguished ratings at KMEA district concert band festival since 2007.  In 2011, the Wind Ensemble qualified and participated in the KMEA State Concert Band Festival, a first in PRP history.  Since then, the Wind Ensemble has qualified every year for State Concert Band Festival and the Symphonic Band qualified for the first time in 2013.  PRP was one of only three school systems to have two ensembles in state concert band festival in 2013.  In addition to the success of the concert bands, the marching band is one of the finest ambassadors for PRP, performing in local venues, parades and local and regional marching band competitions. In 2010, the Ridge Regiment marching band was a finalist in the Class1A Mid States Marching Band Championships and received multiple first place trophies and awards for best percussion at vairious contests.  Ms. Burnell-Wise has also developed a thriving pep band and the highly successful PRP "Pulse" percussion ensemble which perform throughout the school year. Ms. Burnell-Wise currently has 3 former PRP band students studying music education  and two who are now music teachers.  

Ms. Burnell-Wise received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Morehead State University in 1996 and her Master's Degree in Music Education from Murray State University in 2005.  Ms. Burnell-Wise has been nominated for KMEA High School Teacher of the Year in both district 1 and district 12 and was clinician and conductor for the Murray State University Quad State Middle School Honor Band Clinic in 2005.  In the spring of 2012, Ms. Burnell-Wise was the conductor of the Jefferson County All County Elementary Band. Ms. Burnell-Wise was also clinician and conductor for the Overton Performing Arts HS Middle School Honor Band Clinic in 2014.  Ms. Burnell-Wise is also active in supervising and helping student teachers from Morehead State University and the University of Louisville.  Currently, Ms. Burnell-Wise is attending Indiana University Southeast pursuing her certification in Educational Leadership.  After this, she plans on pursuing her doctorate in education.

Ms. Burnell-Wise is an active member of KMEA, serving as marching band representative for District 1 and President and Band Chair for District 12.  Currently, Ms. Burnell-Wise is Vice President of KMEA district 12.  Ms. Burnell-Wise is a member of KMEA, MENC, Sigma Alpha Iota, Women Band Director's International, KEA and JCTA.

Ms. Burnell-Wise is an active musician, performing with Center Stage in various musicals with the most recent productions of The Wizard of Oz,  Company and Curtains.  In addition to this, Ms. Burnell-Wise performs with several local bands including Brass DeVille, St. John's Wort, Most Wanted, She Groove and Robbie Bartlett. 


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                     5901 Greenwood Road

                     Louisville, KY  40258

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