Chris Cooper

Assistant Band Director

Christopher D. Cooper is in his twenty first year of teaching and his fifthteenth year as the Director of Bands at Homewood Middle School and the Associate Director of Bands at Homewood High School in Homewood, Alabama. The middle school Band Program is made up of over 452 students from a school of 855. They have performed for the Alabama Music Educators Conference in 2002 and 2006 and the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic at Troy University in 2003 and 2006. The Homewood High School Band has grown significantly since Mr. Cooper's arrival in Homewood, from 140 students to now around 450 students in the high school band program.


In 2014, Mr. Cooper was chosen as the Homewood Grown Impact Teacher of the year by the Homewood City Schools Foundation of Education.

In 2009, Mr. Cooper was chosen to be the guest clinician for the Association of China and Mongolia International schools Honor Band held in Tianjin, China. During his 10 day stay in China, Mr. Cooper rehearsed the honor band and worked with several International Schools while in Tianjin.

In 2004, Mr. Cooper was chosen as the Teacher of the Year at Homewood Middle School, Homewood City Schools, and 1 of 8 finalists for the State of Alabama Secondary Teacher of the Year.

While at Homewood High, the band has performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2000, 2006, and 2011. They have performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 2003, 2009 and 2014. They have also performed at the 2000 George Bush Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. in 2001, the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, Arizona 2005, Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, Florida 2000, two Governor's Inaugural Parades for the State of Alabama and many other local events.

In 1993, Mr. Cooper completed his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University. While at Auburn Mr. Cooper was the percussion section leader for three years, undergraduate assistant for one year, and President of Phi Mu Alpha. Mr. Cooper then completed his Masters of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1996. Mr. Cooper is an active band and percussion adjudicator throughout the Southeast United States and has conducted over thirty Middle School and Junior High Honor Bands throughout the Southeast United States. His Karen is a 2nd grade teacher at Shades Cahaba Elementary School in Homewood, he has a daughter Molly Kathryn (13) who plays percussion in the 8th grade band, and son Mason (10) who has already started percussion lessons and is in the 5th grade. 

He is a 2014 inductee into Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.