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Tara Harris

taraharris.jpgDirector of Athletic Bands 

Harris received her B.M. in Music Education from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA and Her M. A. in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. Her responsibilities at Catawba College include directing the Catawba Spirit Marching band and the Catawba Spirit Pep Band. She also assists in teaching Music Education classes and Music Appreciation classes. She is in charge of recruitment for the athletic band programs and regularly visits and clinics at local schools. Harris' is working in collaboration with Catawba College and Salisbury Academy to start a band program for fifth through eighth grade students.

Under her direction the Catawba Spirit Marching and Pep bands play at all home football, basketball games and some home volleyball matches. They also perform at many events on and off campus including the Alumni homecoming event, chief club events, and college night out in downtown Salisbury.

Prior to her joining Catawba, Harris started the band program at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. She has taught general music, theatre, chorus, and band at all school levels from Pre-k to high school. She has revitalized three music programs in Virginia.

Harris lives in Salisbury with her husband, Josh, her four Children, Rayne, Jax, Kaden, and Belle and her dog Chewbacca.