Director of Bands
Visual and Performing Arts Chairman
Brian Covey is the Visual and Performing Arts Chairman, in addition to serving as Director of Bands at Lockport Township High School. Mr. Covey was appointed Director in 2003 after serving two years as Associate Director of Bands. While maintaining the Band Department, he conducts the Wind Symphony and one of two Freshman concert ensembles. His instructional roles also include overseeing the Marching Porters, Pep Band, and conducting the Pit Orchestra.
Prior to joining Lockport High School, Mr. Covey attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his Bachelors of Music Education degree, a Masters of Music Education degree at VanderCook College of Music, and his second Masters in Educational Administration from The University of St. Francis. The concert ensembles at Lockport Township High School have performed at numerous competitions and festivals throughout the state and country, consistently receiving Division One ratings. The Wind Symphony has become a nationally respected ensemble with performance highlights including the Illinois Superstate Festival at the University of Illinois (every year since 2004), the National Association for Music Education National Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association State Conference, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Chicago Orchestra Hall, three performances at The Music for All National Concert Band Festival, The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor, and two performances at The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Mr. Covey has served as an adjudicator for many regional and Illinois High School Association Solo and Ensemble Contests, Ensemble Adjudicator for both the Illinois High School Association and the Illinois Grade School Music Association, and clinician to area schools in Illinois, Iowa, and Virginia. He holds thirteen Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, has been chosen five times as “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” serves on the National Band Association’s Selective Music Committee, been awarded the “Chicagoland Educator of the Year” from Quinlan and Fabish Music, the “Mildred Jackson Lockport Township High School Teacher of the Year Award”, and was highlighted in School Band and Orchestra Magazine. He is a member of the American Bandmaster's Association, the National Band Association, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster's Fraternity, is the Illinois Music Educator’s Association State Band Division President, and serves on the National Band Association’s Board of Directors.
Associate Director of Bands
Andrew Beckwith serves as Associate Director of Bands at Lockport Township High School. He conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and one of two Freshman Bands. His responsibilities also include teaching class piano, overseeing the LTHS Jazz Program, and assisting with the Marching Porters, Pep Band, and Wind Symphony.
Mr. Beckwith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is pursuing a Masters degree at VanderCook College of Music. While attending the University of Illinois, he performed with the Illinois Wind Symphony, Marching Illini, Philharmonia Orchestra, and numerous other Athletic and Concert ensembles. In 2012, he received the A. A. Harding award, the most prestigious recognition awarded for outstanding performance, achievement, and service to the University of Illinois Bands.
Prior to his appointment at Lockport, Mr. Beckwith taught private lessons in Gurnee School District 56. He was also a staff member for the Warren Township High School and John Hersey High School marching bands, and was the Assistant Marching Band Director at Wheeling High School. Mr. Beckwith has performed at the University of Illinois Krannert Center with UoI Bands and presented twice at the Illinois Music Education Conference. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association, and the Illinois Music Educators Association District 1 Band Division Representative.