Mr. Brett Johnson

Band Director, Marbury High School

Brett Johnson comes to Marbury High/Middle School after 7 years as the Director of Bands at Greenville High School in Greenville, AL. A native of Prattville, AL and 2004 Alumni of Prattville High School. Brett earned his degree in Music Education from Troy University in 2008.

While at Greenville his bands have performed at an Atlanta Hawks NBA Basketball Game and in Biloxi Mississippi in the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade as well as performed at Montgomery Biscuits and Mobile Baybears Minor League Baseball Games. Prior to Greenville High School, Brett served as band director at Winder-Barrow Middle School from 2008-2012 and Winder-Barrow High School from 2012-2014. While at Winder-Barrow, Brett and his bands earned superior and excellent ratings for marching, concert, symphonic, and jazz at Georgia’s Large Group Performance Evaluations. Under his direction students were invited to play in honor bands across the Southeast including at the University of Georgia, Auburn University, Troy University, University of Alabama, and Southern Mississippi. Students also received superior ratings in solo and ensemble festivals for percussion and small group ensembles. During the 2011-2012 school year, Brett took an eighth grade group of students to Washington D.C. where students had the opportunity to perform at the Nation’s Capital. In 2012, Brett took his high school band to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, GA to perform in the Georgia Dome in front of a national televised audience on ESPN. He has also had groups tour in New York City.

While at Troy University, Brett was a member of the “Sound of the South” marching band for 4 years. With the “Sound” he spent several years in the position of tuba section leader. Throughout his time with the marching band he had the opportunity to perform across the U.S. during halftime shows. During college he attended clinics directed by Robert W. Smith, Ralph Ford, and Johnny Long. Aside from marching band, Brett could be found performing among the Troy University Show Choir, Pep band, Symphony band, Concert band, Chamber Ensemble, Tuba Ensemble and more.

Brett’s professional organizations include Alabama Music Educators Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, National Education Association, Alabama Education Association, Georgia Association of Teachers, and Alpha Tau Omega. As well as principal tuba player for the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Brett is married to Christie who is also a teacher in Autauga County. They have 3 children Lachlan (8 years old), Holland (5 years old), Rylan (2 years old), and Maelan (newborn).

Mr. Sean Handerhan

Band Director, Marbury Middle School

Assistant Band Director, Marbury High School

Sean Handerhan comes to Marbury Middle/High after 3 years as a Music Specialist at Dalraida Elementary School in Montgomery, AL. A native of Fultondale, AL and a 2013 Alumni of Fultondale High School. Sean earned his degree in Music Education from Huntingdon College in 2017.

While at Huntingdon, Sean was a performing member of the "Marching Scarlet and Grey" for 4 years. Sean served as Tuba section leader for 3 years during his time with the "Marching Scarlet and Grey." He was also a performing member with the Huntingdon Winds, Huntingdon Jazz, Chamber Ensemble, Pep Band, Concert Choir and Huntingdon Harmony (Show Choir).

Sean is married to Meghin, who is a Choir Director in Montgomery Public Schools. They have a one year old daughter, Eliana.


Woodwind Instructor

Kelsey Bowles is currently a 2nd grade teacher at Pine Level Elementary School. Her love for music started in Junior High School playing flute. She continued playing through high school and was a member of the Sound of the South marching band at Troy University playing piccolo. She graduated from Troy University in 2019 with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Kelsey currently lives in Prattville with her husband Taylor and their dog , Cassie.


Auxiliary Director

Miranda Muir Peak is the Auxiliary Director at Marbury high school. Mrs. Peak grew up in Prattville Alabama and has been twirling since kindergarten and has competed in numerous competitions around the state. She opened a private studio in 2017 where she coaches many auxiliary members from various high schools. Mrs Peak enjoys pushing her students to new limits and introducing them to new and exciting props such as working with fire batons.

Mrs. Peak married Cole Peak earlier this year and bought a home in Luverne, Alabama where they currently reside with their 4 rescued dogs.

Mr. Simon Edwards

Percussion Instructor

Simon Edwards is the Percussion Instructor at Marbury High School. Mr. Edwards was born and raised in Greenville, AL, and was one of Mr. Brett Johnson’s students while at Greenville High School. Mr. Edwards has been playing piano since he was three, and percussion since he was sixteen.

Once graduated from Greenville High School, Mr. Edwards went to attend the University of North Alabama. At UNA, he is involved with many different ensembles, such as the marching band, jazz band, wind ensemble, orchestra, world ensemble, percussion ensemble, and contemporary ensemble. Mr. Edwards is currently pursuing a degree in Instrumental Music, composing for various groups at UNA, and writing music of his own.

At Marbury High School he will be assisting all aspects of percussion, and the rhythm section in the jazz band.