Director, Crimson Express
Director of Bands, Murphysboro High School
Phone: (618) 687-2336
Nicholas Williams is a native of Murphysboro, Illinois, graduating from Murphysboro High School in 2003 with honors. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, graduating cum laude in May 2007. While at SIU Carbondale as an undergraduate music student, Nick studied band methods under Professor Michael Hanes, Director of Bands Emeritus, and current Director of Bands, Dr. Christopher Morehouse, who also mentored Nick in wind band conducting. Other conducting mentors include Dr. Susan Davenport, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor Edward Benyas, Director of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Williams completed his Master of Science degree in Educational Administration in May 2014 from SIU Carbondale, earning his General Administrative K-12 endorsement on his Illinois Professional Educator license. He is also licensed in the State of Florida for both Music K-12 and Educational Leadership K-12.
In May 2020, Nick decided to return to his alma mater, becoming just the 4th Director of Bands in 30 years for Murphysboro High School. At MHS, Mr. Williams oversees all aspects of the band program (Crimson Express, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Crimson Basketball Band), while also co-teaching the district’s beginning band program, and teaching two sections of 8th Grade Music. In addition to these teaching assignments, Mr. Williams also sits on the Apple Festival Sub-Planning Committee for the Drums at Appletime High School Marching Band Competition, helping coordinate the festival’s band competitions. Other programs Mr. Williams has had the pleasure of directing include Murphysboro Middle School (2007-2014), Carterville High School (2014-2019), and Four Corners Upper School (2019-2020). Nick has also enjoyed other musical opportunities working with the following programs: Belleville District 118, Belleville East High School, Pinckneyville Community High School, SIU Carbondale’s own Marching Salukis, the Summer Music Camps at SIU Carbondale, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Southern Illinois Brass Festival, and the MAAA Junior High Honors Band Festival in Southeast Missouri.
As a trombonist, Nick studied under Dr. Robert Weiss for six years. He performed in the SIU Wind Ensemble, touring internationally with them to England during the summer of 2004, as well as the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I, the Marching Salukis, and the Saluki Pep Band. He has played in the horn sections of many well-known local funk/rock/R &B bands, such as mathien, Soul Glo, The Phonics, and King Juba. Mr. Williams is a member of The National Association for Music Education and the Illinois Music Educator’s Association. In his free time, Nick loves listening to live music, performing, spending time with his family and friends, watching his favorite show “The Office,” being involved in his church Immanuel Lutheran, and rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals!
Assistant Director/Music Designer, Crimson Express
Director of Bands, Murphysboro Middle School
Phone: (618) 684-3041
Mr. Moreland is a graduate of Brainerd Senior High School in Brainerd, MN and attended SIU Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State University, and John A. Logan College before receiving his degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mr. Moreland is an alumnus of the Belleville Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps where he marched from 1985-1989. Mr. Moreland has worked for several high schools in Southern Illinois as an instructor and arranger. Mr. Moreland has a beautiful wife, two awesome kids, and is an avid Minnesota Vikings, L.A. Lakers, and Saluki Fan.
Assistant Director/Front Ensemble Head, Crimson Express
Percussion Head, Crimson Express
Percussion Tech, Crimson Express
Percussion Arranger, Crimson Express
Visual Designer, Crimson Express
Color Guard Designer, Crimson Express
Color Guard Tech, Crimson Express