Erik Mason currently serves as the band director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Mill Creek High School where he directs the Concert, Marching, Jazz, and Pageantry Arts programs. In his time at Mill Creek the band has grown from 100 members to a high of 250 and has established a tradition of excellence in all aspects of the band program. Since 2006, the Mill Creek bands have been invited performers at Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia January Music Festival, and the 2017 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. The Pride of Mill Creek marching band is a seven-time Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Finalist and a three-time BOA Class AAAA Regional Champion.
Prior to his tenure at Mill Creek, Mr. Mason served as the Assistant Band Director for both Rockdale and Henry County High Schools. In 2002 Mr. Mason was named the band director at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, GA. In his four years there, the band program grew from 80 members to over 200 and was consistently rated Superior in concert, marching, and jazz performances.
Mr. Mason holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia. At UGA Mr. Mason was a tuba student of Dr. David Randolph and studied conducting with Mark Cedel, John Culvahouse, Dwight Satterwhite, and Furman University’s Leslie Hicken. Mr. Mason has twice presented clinics at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and is in demand around the state as an adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Mason is a three-time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence.
Mr. Mason is a member of the National Band Association (NBA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA). Mr. Mason has served on both the GMEA Band Adjudication Committee and the GMEA Marching Band Committee, and is currently the GMEA District 13 Chair. He resides in Hoschton with his wife Kathy, a fellow band director, and their three children Aria, Alie, and Clay.