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 Department, he conducts the Wind Symphony and one of two Freshman concert ensembles in addition to overseeing the athletic performance ensembles.
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 an additional Masters in Educational Administration from The University of St. Francis. Under his direction, the concert ensembles at Lockport Township High School have performed at numerous competitions and festivals throughout the state and country, consistently receiving Superior 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, five 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 numerous Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association where he serves as a High School Representative on the Board of Directors, 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 prestigious American Bandmaster's Association, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster's Fraternity, and is the Illinois Music Education Association’s State Band Division President.
Associate Director of Bands
Aaron Kennedy is currently serving as the Associate Director of Bands at Lockport Township High School. He conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band A, and Concert Band B. Additionally, he assists with the Marching Porters, LTHS Jazz Ensembles, Pep Band, and Wind Symphony.
Mr. Kennedy received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. While at U of I, Mr. Kennedy performed in ensembles such as the Illinois Wind Symphony, Jazz Band II, Marching Illini, and several other concert and chamber ensembles.
Before teaching at Lockport, Mr. Kennedy served as the Assistant Band Director in O’Fallon CCSD #90. In O’Fallon, Mr. Kennedy directed the 7th and 8th grade bands, which consistently earned superior ratings at IGSMA. Also, he led the District 90 Jazz Bands, taught 5th grade beginner classes, and assisted with the Marching Panthers at O’Fallon Township High School.