Center for Performing Arts


Dr. Stephen P. Kerr, Director of Bands

Professor of Music


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.E., Virginia Polytechnic and State University
B.A., Liberty University

Office: Performing Arts 140
Phone: 434-582-2363

Courses Taught at Liberty University

Wind EnsembleMarching Band, Instrumental Conducting, and Marching Band Techniques.


Dr. Stephen P. Kerr, former principal trumpet player at Liberty University, has been a band director for 31 years and is in his 24th year at Liberty University. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Liberty University in 1982, and holds an M.E. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Kerr holds the PhD in Music Education with a minor in research from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves as Chair of the Department of University Bands, supervising all band ensembles, Director of the "Spirit of the Mountain" Marching Band, Director of the Wind Ensemble, and teaches Instrumental Conducting, Marching Band Techniques, and applied trumpet.

He has studied with principal trumpet for the Roanoke Symphony, Alan Bachelder, and Dr. Edward Bach, trumpet instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Kerr studied conducting with Dr. James Glazebrook at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Dr. John Locke at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He performs periodically in the Lynchburg area, and periodically serves as a band clinician and adjudicator in the mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Kerr is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, The National Band Association, The Conductors Guild, The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, and the Big South Conference Band Directors Association.

The Liberty University Wind Ensemble has demonstrated acclaimed performance levels, including performing at the 2008 and 2012 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conferences, by peer-reviewed invitation. The Wind Ensemble enjoys an extended tour during the spring semester every year, performing at schools, churches and community events, including fun venues such as Miami’s Bayside and Disney World. The Liberty University Marching Band performs regularly in the new Williams Stadium, travels to exciting venues, and serves as a host for their own Marching Band Competition each fall semester.