Durant High School was established in Plant City, Florida and opened it's doors in 1995! The Cougar Pride Music program immediately made a name for itself, becoming the pinnacle of spirit and the heart of the school.
Bruce Herrmann, Director of Instrumental Music
A native of New Port Richey, Florida, Mr. Herrmann received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of South Florida (USF), under the direction of Dr. William Weidrich, Mr. Ivan Wansley and Mr. Jay Hunsberger. During his time at USF, Mr. Herrmann held the position of Principal Euphonium in both the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. In 1999, Mr. Herrmann had the privilege and honor of being named one of the Inaugural Drum Majors for the University of South Florida’s Herd of Thunder (HOT) Marching Band.
Mr. Herrmann has been a music educator in the Hillsborough County public school system since 2003 and served as the Director of Band and Orchestra at Chamberlain High School from 2005-2012. Under Mr. Herrmann’s direction, the marching band, orchestra and concert ensembles have received numerous years of superior ratings and various accolades at festivals such as the Smoky Mountain Music Festival, the Dixie Classic Music Festival and the Fiesta-val Music Festival. In 2009, the Chamberlain band was privileged to share the stage and perform with the internationally known group, The Dallas Brass.
From 2012-2014, Mr. Herrmann returned to The University of South Florida (USF) and earned a Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting under the tutelage of Dr. John Carmichael, Dr. Matthew McCutchen, and Dr. William Wiedrich. During this time Mr. Herrmann served as a teaching assistant with the Herd of Thunder as well as a conductor of the “Rumble” Pep Band. Additionally he served as a guest conductor with the USF Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Mr. Herrmann also served as the Executive Director for such events as USF’s annual HOT Day and Festival of Winds.
Mr. Herrmann is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, the National Band Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is an Honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Mr. Herrmann was appointed Director of Instrumental Music at Durant High School in June, 2014. He and his wife, Jamie, currently reside in Brandon, Florida.