Programs & Staff

About Our Programs

Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony, the top concert ensemble at Prattville High School, was created in 2004. The Wind Symphony generally plays music on a grade VI level, and has placed over 30 students in the Alabama All-State Band since it started. The goal of the Wind Symphony is to be one of the top performing high school ensembles in the Southeastern United States.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is the second concert ensemble at PHS and generally plays grade IV music. It has become an outstanding ensemble and is a testament to the excellence in instruction and ability of the Symphonic Band.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band meets during and after school. It is open to any current band member who plays alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass guitar, guitar, and drums. Membership will be at the discretion of the band directors.

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble is made up of all of the percussion students in the PHS bands. Including working on marching and concert band literature, this group focuses on percussion ensemble literature as well. Orchestral percussion technique is a primary focus where students will learn proper technique on all of the percussive instruments.

About Our Staff

Chris King - Director of Bands

Chris King was named Director of Bands at Prattville High School in 2013. Previously he was band director at Prattville Junior High for 8 years. Chris has experience teaching music or band to students in the 1st- 12th grade. Before coming to Prattville Junior High, he served as:

  • General Music Teacher at Daniel Pratt Elementary in Prattville, AL
  • Director of Bands at Wetumpka High School & Junior High in Wetumpka, AL
  • Director of Bands at Chilton County High School & Adair Junior High in Clanton, AL

Chris is a 1998 graduate from Auburn University where he earned a Bachelors of Music Education degree. While at Auburn University, he served as trumpet section leader & played in the Trumpet Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. He was also a member of the Auburn University Concert Choir & Men's Ensemble.

In addition to his band experience, Chris marched with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps in 1988, 1991, 1992, & 1993 when the Cadets won the DCI championship in Jackson, MS. He was asked to come back & serve on the visual staff in 1995.

Chris is a member of Alabama Bandmasters Association, MENC (Music Educators National Conference), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is an active member of Prattville First United Methodist Church. His proudest accomplishment is being Daddy to his three daughters, Ashtyn Grace, Emma Claire, and Audrey Kate. He married Kim (Cooper) King in 1998. The Kings reside in Prattville, AL.

Michael Skeen

Mr. Skeen currently serves as Associate Director of Bands - Director of Percussion at Prattville High School.

Mr. Skeen is from Hartford, AL and a graduate of Geneva County High School. While there, he participated in both the band and choir programs. As a member of the band program, Mr. Skeen was the percussion assistant section leader for two years and the percussion section leader for two years. 

After graduation, Mr. Skeen attended Enterprise State Junior College in Enterprise, AL and participated in the award-winning show choir, the "Entertainers." While a member of the "Entertainers," he served as a choreographer and received a fine arts scholarship. Also during this time, Mr. Skeen served many area high schools as a percussion instructor. 

Mr. Skeen transferred to Troy University in the Fall of 2002 to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Throughout his time there, Mr. Skeen was a part of many instrumental and vocal ensembles including the famous "Sound of the South" Marching Band, symphonic band, concert band, chamber winds, Jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, pep band, collegiate singers, and chamber choir. As a member of the "Sound of the South" Marching Band, Mr. Skeen continued growing in leadership skills by becoming the Assistant Section Leader for the percussion section. 

Mr. Skeen graduated from Troy University in May 2005 and began his teaching experience by becoming the Assistant Band Director at Russell County High School in Seale, AL. He served as the assistant for three years. Mr. Skeen learned many life lessons throughout his tenure as the assistant and was able to continue to apply these lessons after becoming the Band Director in 2008. He saw the band program at Russell County grow and mature into a moral, hard-working, and highly competitive program - receiving numerous superior and "Best in Class" Awards.

In August of 2013, Mr. Skeen was awarded his Master of Education degree from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He has served for several years as a percussion judge for Alabama District VIII Solo and Ensemble and at the Dixieland Band Showcase in Brewton, AL. Mr. Skeen is affiliated with the Alabama Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Educators, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Phi Boota Roota (National Drumline Fraternity).  

Kenny Hall

Mr. Hall was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. His father, a band director in their local school system, started Mr. Hall's musical career in his 3rd grade year when he started playing the trumpet. Mr. Hall feels very fortunate to have been a part of Richards Junior High School's and Hardaway High School's band programs. He attended Columbus State University majoring in music and finished at Auburn University in August of 1985. Mr. Hall began his teaching career at Lee-Scott Academy. He also served as Director at Notasulga High School, Jemison, Verbena, Chilton County, Greenville Middle, and currently Prattville Junior High School. Mr. Hall is currently in his 21st year of teaching. He lives in Verbena with his wife (Donna) and two daughters (Laura and Mary Beth).

Ashley Williams

Mrs. Williams was named Assistant Band Director at Prattville Junior High School in 2013. Previously, she was the Holtville High School Band Director for five years. Mrs. Williams has a wide level of experience ranging from elementary music, middle school band, high school band, Art Survey and Music Theory. 

She graduated from Troy University in 2008 with her Bachelor of Music Education. While at Troy University, she was in the Troy University Symphony Band as principal chair, Concert Band, Sound of the South as section leader, and Sigma Alpha Iota. 

Mrs. Williams is a member of Alabama Bandmasters Association, NAfME (National Association for Music Educators), Alabama Educators Association and Sigma Alpha Iota. She is currently attending Troy University for her Masters in Music Education.
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