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Dr. Kerr, Director of BandsDr. Stephen Kerr, Director of Bands

Dr. Stephen P. Kerr, former principal trumpet player at Liberty University, has been a band director for 31 years and is in his 26th 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 Symphony, 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 Symphony 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 Symphony 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.


Shelby JonesMrs. Shelby Jones, Assistant Director

Mrs. Shelby Jones is originally from Chesapeake, VA near VA Beach.  She has served as the Assistant Director for the Liberty University Marching Band since November of 2015.

Shelby graduated from Liberty University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Flute Performance.  She holds a teacher licensure and loves to perform on flute and piccolo, as well as teach privately.  She participated in The Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band from 2010-2014, played piccolo in Fall 2010, served as field commander in Fall 2011, and head field commander in Fall 2012 and Fall 2013.  She also instructed the front ensemble and high woodwinds as a staff technician in fall 2014.  Shelby auditioned and was selected to perform in the Liberty University Performing Arts Departmental Honors Recital in the Fall of 2010.  She played flute with the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra in Fall of 2010, and with the Wind Symphony from 2011-2014, serving as the flute section leader in 2011, 2012, and 2014.  Shelby continued playing flute and piccolo with the Wind Symphony when she returned as Assistant Director in November 2015.  Throughout her time of undergraduate work, she played in several pit orchestras for LU operas.  She performed with the Liberty University Indoor Drumline from 2013-2015, playing marimba and keyboard and serving as the front ensemble section leader in 2015.  After aging out of Indoor Drumline, Shelby instructed the front ensemble of the Indoor Drumline during the 2015-2016 season.  Shelby met her wonderful husband Ryan in the marching band here at Liberty when he was drum captain and she was head drum major, and they were married on August 1, 2015.  They currently live in Lynchburg, VA where Ryan is working as a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of VA and as a drumline instructor with the Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band and Indoor Drumline.  In her spare time, Shelby enjoys cycling, running, yoga, and taking care of their animals.  Shelby and Ryan hope to have a farm sometime in the near future.

Tyler LoftinTyler Loftin, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion

Tyler Loftin, hailing from Beaufort, NC, is entering his fourth year back at LU, now as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Drumline.  Tyler has also directed the LU Indoor Drum Line since its founding in 2012.  In April 2014, the LU Indoor Drumline placed 3rd in Percussion Independent A Class, and in 2013 placed 8th at WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH.  In addition to his position at LU, Tyler has also been the Percussion Coordinator for the Jefferson Forest Band Program.  His responsibilities included teaching 6-12 grade percussion classes and arranging battery music for the Cavaliers Marching Band. Tyler also composes original music and visual design each winter for the JF Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

In 2004, Tyler moved to Lynchburg to attend LU as a student of music education.  He studied percussion with Dr. Kevin Super, and held leadership roles as Principal Percussionist, Drum Captain and Officer during his time at LU.    Tyler graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Virginia K-12 Teacher Licensure.   Tyler moved to Columbia, SC, in 2009 to pursue a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina.  He studied privately with Dr. Scott Herring, Professor of Percussion at USC.  While at USC Tyler performed with many of the state’s finest musical ensembles including the USC Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Palmetto Pans Steel Band. 

Tyler’s recent performing experiences include his performance of Eric Ewazen’s Marimba Concerto with the LU Wind Symphony in April 2012, and also with the USC Symphony Orchestra in March 2011.  Tyler also participated in the Collegiate Keyboard Competition at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention 2009 in Indianapolis, IN, and in addition, premiered a piece for solo marimba by composer Richard Power at the 2010 Society of Composer’ Inc. National Conference, which was hosted by USC.

Bryanna Tester, Colorguard Instructor

Bryanna Tester, Colorguard Instructor

Bryanna Tester is the Color Guard Instructor for the “Spirit of the Mountain” Marching Band. Bryanna has been involved in competitive Color Guard and Winter Guard since 2004. She was a member of Wallace Middle School Winter Guard in Bristol, Virginia from 2004-2005, John S. Battle High School Color Guard in Bristol, Virginia from 2005-2009 (served as a squad leader in 2007 and as captain in 2008 and 2009) and the “Spirit of the Mountain” Color Guard from 2010-2011. She has been the Color Guard Instructor of Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Virginia from 2010-2013 and Patrick Henry High School Color Guard in Glade Spring, Virginia from 2011-2013. As an oboist, she was a member of Wallace Middle School Symphonic Band from 2003-2006, John S. Battle High School Wind Ensemble from 2006-2010 and the Liberty University Wind Symphony 2011-2012. She also served as the Secretary/ Treasurer of the “Spirit of the Mountain” Marching Band and Wind Symphony from 2011-2012. Bryanna graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a teacher licensure, and she graduated with her Master's degree in English Education in 2016.  She is currently teaching English at a local high school.