Directors & Staff

12936691_10154093952428126_5450132770474

Trevor Rundell

Band Director

trundell@bartlettschools.org

Jessica Burmingham
Assistant Band Director

jburmingham@bartlettschools.org

Whitney Kessling
Percussion Director

whitney@thepercussivearts.com

Raised in Murfreesboro, TN, Trevor Rundell is the head Band Director at Bartlett High School. Before his appointment in 2019, Rundell graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.M. in Music Education in 2016, then served as the Assistant Band director at Bartlett High School (Fall 2016-Spring 2018) and Siegel High School (Fall 2018-Spring 2019). In all of these positions, Rundell’s bands received numerous superior ratings and  championships at various contests.


In addition to teaching, Mr. Rundell is an active arranger and composer, serving as the lead wind arranger for Southcoast Music & Design. With Southcoast, Rundell writes and designs for groups all over the southeast.


Mr. Rundell aims to build a nationally recognized band program for the City of Bartlett by creating excellent musicians, concert bands, and marching bands. Through lessons such a program will teach as well as life changing experiences, Rundell hopes to create a generation of superior human beings.

Jessica Burmingham recently earned a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Arkansas State University where she has served for the past two years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the A-State Bands.  In this capacity, she served as a Graduate Associate Conductor of the A-State Wind Ensemble and Assistant Director of the Howlers Basketball Band.  In addition, she assisted with teaching several other ensembles within the Department of Music, including the 200 member Sound of the Natural State Marching Band.  
 

Prior to her time at Arkansas State University, Ms. Burmingham served for five years as the Director of Bands at Rivercrest High School in Wilson, AR.  Her responsibilities included leading all aspects of the band program and teaching courses in Music Theory, Music Technology, and History of Rock Music.  Ensembles under her direction frequently earned top ratings and were named best in their class on numerous occasions.  The Rivercrest Marching Colts were twice named Class AA Champions at the Arkansas Open Marching Band Championships under her direction.  Her high school concert band was also awarded the Class A Championship at the Smoky Mountian Music Festival in Gatlinburg, TN.  In addition, her high school jazz band was frequently invited to perform for community organizations including the Rotary Club of Osceola and the Mississippi County Retired Teachers Association.  
 

She has also served as a Director's Teaching Assistant at the Music for All Summer Symposium in Muncie, IN and as a member of the logistical staff for the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN.  

Whitney Kessling

Whitney (Wood) Kessling earned her bachelors degree in Music Performance from Bluffton University (Bluffton, Ohio).  Whitney started drumming at the age of 10. By age 13 she was performing professionally with local theater groups, and later was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award. Her music has lead her on tours across Europe, the Caribbean, and numerous performing venues throughout the US. She has performed with the Pantasia Steeldrum Band, Lima Marimba Ensemble, and Lima Symphony Orchestra (to name a few). While attending Bluffton, Whitney was selected twice to the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association All-Ohio Collegiate Honors Band, and served as Secretary for the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association for Bluffton University. 

 

Whitney began teaching private lessons at 17, and has worked with many high school percussion programs as a percussion instructor and front ensemble technician. 

 

Whitney is currently a member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra,  Memphis Repertory Orchestra, and can be found playing in other venues and theater productions around town including Playhouse on the SquareCircuit PlayhouseTheater MemphisDeSoto Family TheaterHarrell TheaterGermantown Community Theater, and various other venues throughout the Mid-South.

kerry_radcliffe_edited.jpg

Kerry Radcliffe
Front Ensemble Director

kradcliffe@bartlettschools.org

Steffanie Sims
Guard Director

ssims@bartlettschools.org

joellen_crook.jpg

Joellen Crook has been involved with color guard for 14 years. She has taught at two schools for 10 of those years. She has been on staff with Bartlett since 2017.

Joellen Crook
Assistant Guard Director

Kerry Radcliffe is currently one of the Music Teachers at Altruria Elementary in Bartlett City Schools. She has been on staff with Bartlett teaching the front ensemble since 2019. Prior to coming to Bartlett, Kerry taught in the McNairy school cluster, where she taught elementary music, band, and percussion. Kerry is an alumni of the nationally recognized percussion program of Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN, as well as the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps

Steffanie Sims currently serves as the band director at Elmore Park Middle School in Bartlett City Schools. Ms. Sims has worked with a number of guards in the mid south over the last 20 years, including Bolton HS & Arlington HS, earning many top placements at local contests. She has been instructing the Bartlett Color Guard since 2017.