Shaun Owens is in his twenty ninth year of teaching with the Fayette County Public Schools, spending seventeen years as Director of Bands at Bryan Station High School. Prior to this assignment, he directed the Jazz Ensembles at Lafayette High School, was Director of Bands at Tates Creek High School and Assistant Director of Bands at Henry Clay and Bryan Station High Schools.
Mr. Owens received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University and is a National Board Certified Teacher. He has been involved with the marching arts since 1975 and was a soloist for 10 years with some of the finest organizations in the world including the Madison Scouts of Madison, WI. Mr. Owens has arranged and instructed music for many bands and drum & bugle corps throughout the United States. He has 3 Drum Corps International World Championships, two as a soloist and one as a teacher. In 2020, he was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame.
Shaun Owens is currently the director of the Lexington Concert Band. The band is made up of professional musicians who are members of the American Federation of Musicians. The concert band performs for civic events in Lexington, as well as other public performances sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund.
Mr. Owens has served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Music Educators Association as All-State Jazz Coordinator where he was responsible for selecting clinicians for the jazz clinics at the annual in-service conference as well as his duties in coordinating the All-State Jazz Ensemble. He has also served as host for Fayette County Middle School Honor Bands and the KMEA District 7 High School Honor Bands.
A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Owens has been lead trumpet with professional and university big bands including Dennis Oliver’s Madison Jazz Orchestra, the American Jazz Express and Lexington’s Men of Note. He has played for several heads of state including Jimmy Carter and George Bush, and has performed with Richard Davis, Don Menza, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Jarvis, John Stevens and Roger Pemberton. He continues to maintain a regular performance schedule as a freelance trumpeter.