Katy Briel is in her 20th year as Band Director currently at Clark-Pleasant Middle School in Greenwood, IN where she teaches all middle school bands and assists with the Whiteland Community High School Marching Band & Leadership Team. Before her position with the Clark-Pleasant bands, Katy was band director at Lincoln Junior High School in Plymouth Indiana for two years. For the past 11 years, Katy has been the band director coordinator for the Drum Corp International INpact Band: Indiana’s Future Band of middle school students who perform at DCI World Championships in Indianapolis each year. She is also a part of the expansion of the DCI Bandtastic weekends across the country. She is a staff member for the Indiana Ambassadors of Music where she has been a director on four European tours and on staff for the Indiana Musicians Abroad 2023 European tour as well. Ms. Briel is the co-coordinator for the Indiana Junior All-State Band and the Membership Coordinator for the Indiana Music Educator’s Association. Ms. Briel also serves on the ISSMA State Board and is a member of Phi Beta Mu. Katy is excited to join the 2024 Music for All Summer Symposium and looks forward to serving middle school students in this capacity. In addition to her passion for teaching, she enjoys living a life of service and was a 2013 TOMS shoe ticket-to-give winner which led her to a giving trip at Hogar de Ninos Emanuel in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Katy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ball State University in 2004. In addition to being a band director, she loves playing her horn and has an active private lessons horn studio on the south side of Indianapolis where she resides with her husband and 2 dogs Watson & Oliver. Her husband Josh is a trombone player and performs in Indy’s New Orleans Style Brass Band Pork & Beans.