Brad Hudson

Director of Bands

Brad Hudson has been the Director of Bands at the Kirksville R-III School District since 2007. Prior to this he taught at the Leeton School District for six years. Mr. Hudson graduated from Kirksville High School in 1995 and attended Culver-Stockton College to pursue a degree in music. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Culver-Stockton Mr. Hudson was selected as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University in Manhattan. He graduated in 2001 with a Master of Music Degree emphasizing in education and conducting. Mr. Hudson and his wife Stacie have been married since 2001 and they have 3 kids: Laura, Lillian, and Lee.

Mr. Hudson is currently the President of the Northeast Missouri Music Educators Association (NEMMEA). Before becoming President of NEMMEA he also served as Mentoring Chair for the Northeast District. He has been actively involved with the Kirksville Community Teachers Association being a Building Representative and serving two terms as President.  Mr Hudson has been a MSHSAA Festival Manager for the past 8 years and also has served on the MSHSAA Advisory Council.  He is also actively involved with the Missouri Bandmasters Association.  

Karen Harrison

Assistant Director of Bands

Karen Harrison started teaching in the Kirksville School District in 2002. Before this, she taught for the Palmyra School District for three years. Mrs. Harrison graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1993 and attended Truman State University; there she earned her BA and Masters in Education. Karen is married to Kevin and they have 2 children: Andrew and Madilyn.

Valorie Bolle

Color Guard

is the Color Guard Instructor with the Kirksville Marching Band.  She was the music teacher at Linn County School District in Purdin, MO for six years.  Besides with the color guard, Valorie has also been a Parents as Teachers Educator at the Kirksville Early Childhood Learning Center.   She is now teaching Kindergarten through Second Grade Music at Kirksville Primary School.


Emma Kanerva

Percussion Instruction

Emma Kanerva is a senior at Truman State University, majoring in Music Pre-Certification and a minoring in German. Ms. Kanerva started playing percussion in Webster Groves, Missouri in 2010, and is now continuing her studies under the direction of Dr. Michael Bump. Upon graduating with her BA in the Spring of 2021, Ms. Kanerva will continue her studies in TSU’s MAE Program to achieve her Masters in Education. Currently she serves as the president of TSU’s University Percussion Society, is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, serves as the Vice President-Membership of TSU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, and is the 2020 recipient of the Michael Hooley Memorial Scholarship. She is a regular attendee of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, has participated in the 2020 Eastman Percussion Festival, and has performed at MMEA in 2017 and 2018. Ms. Kanerva has taught private percussion lessons in the St. Louis area, worked as the drum line technician for the Webster Groves High School band camp, and continues to perform regularly with the Truman State University Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble.

Curtis Mayo

Marching Band Assistant

Curtis Mayo was an assistant band director at Apollo Junior High in Richardson, TX for 4 years. In his time at Apollo he conducted the Concert Band, assisted with the Symphonic Band I and II, and led beginner classes at Dartmouth, Mark Twain, and Richardson Terrace Elementary Schools, all of which received Superior ratings at contest. In his time teaching in Richardson ISD he was fortunate to assist with the Berkner High School Marching Band and Wind Ensemble which were honored to perform at the Midwest Clinic and TMEA Convention multiple times. Mr. Mayo is a bassoonist and has had the privilege to teach master classes in the DFW area, present for the Texas Bandmasters Association, and serve as a mentor for Bocal Majority. Mr. Mayo has a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University where he studied bassoon under Dr. Ann Shoemaker, conducting under Dr. Isaiah Odajima and Dr. Eric Wilson, and performed with the Wind Ensemble at the Midwest Clinic and CBDNA. He currently lives in Kirksville, MO with his wife Becca who attends Medical School at ATSU.