Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Sam Sager
Sam Sager currently serves as the instructor of Music Technology, Composition, and Media Studies for Mountain Brook High School. He also assists with instruction of the various levels of band programs throughout the Mountain Brook School system. Sam completed his bachelor’s degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he studied trumpet with Dr. Mark DeGoti and instrumental conducting with Dr. Rick Good and Dr. LaToya Webb. Sam also studied choral conducting with Dr. William Powell. As a very active and versatile musician he has composed and arranged music for concert bands, choral ensembles, as well as, chamber music. Sam has privately studied composition with world renowned composer Dr. Johnnie Vinson and Emmy Award winning composer Julie Giroux. In 2018, he had the opportunity to score some short promotional videos for NASA highlighting the newly released footage from the Hubble Space Telescope.
While studying with Julie Giroux, Sam also has the honor and privilege of serving as her assistant. In this capacity, he is able to assist in the facilitation, performance, and premiere of Julie’s works with numerous notable wind ensemble groups such as: The Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble (Tokyo, Japan), “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, The U.S Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, The U.S. Air Force Band, The U.S. Army Field Band, as well as, numerous high school, collegiate, and community ensembles.
In addition to composing and working as an educator, Sam has served as both a judge and coordinator for special talent and performing arts competitions for The National Beta Club at both state and national conventions.
Sam’s professional affiliations include, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The National Band Association (NBA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), and Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary service organization for university bands.