The Seminole County School System has selected Dr. Dallas Burke as its System Teacher of the Year for the 2019-20 school term. The Seminole County Middle/High School band teacher and director of the Green Machine Marching Band was previously selected as the middle/high school teacher of the year. Randi New, Seminole County Elementary School fifth grade social studies teacher was selected for the elementary school teacher of the year.
Dallas Burke is a 1990 graduate of Seminole County High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Troy University, and his Doctorate from the University of Georgia, earning membership in both Phi Kappa Phi (academic) and Pi Kappa Lambda (music) honor societies. He has additionally earned credits in Composing for Film & TV from Berklee College of Music and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
“I am humbled to be selected as the teacher of the year, There are so many teachers, at both schools, that I admire and look up to for my own growth and inspiration, commented Burke.
Dr. Burke is in his 25th year in teaching and his 19th year at SCMHS. Before coming to Seminole County, Dallas taught at Daleville High School (AL), Foley High School (AL), Mosley High School (FL), and served as an adjunct faculty member at Bainbridge College. At Seminole County Dr. Burke’s bands have consistently earned superior ratings at all marching and concert festivals, and won “Best Overall Band” at the 2016 BandJam marching competition.
At SCMHS, Dr. Burke teaches Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Rock Band, AP Music Theory and additional ensembles. He has arranged or composed almost every piece played by the marching band for 19 years, and adapts the concert music to fit the band’s strengths, weaknesses, and educational needs. Additionally, he has created his own music theory teaching methods for his AP Music Theory classes.
Burke is also a nationally published composer and arranger of marching, concert, and jazz band music, having been published internationally with Alfred Music, Matrix Music and Jalen Publishing. His works have been featured in “The Instrumentalist” magazine and he has had dozens of his charts selected as “Editor’s Choice” in the J.W. Pepper music catalog. His concert band composition, “Gravitas,” is on North Carolina’s limited list of “approved music” from which bands are required to play for band festivals. An all-star band from California performed a patriotic medley Dr. Burke arranged at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia. As a member of ASCAP, he has received the ASCAPlus award numerous years and served as Composer-In-Residence at the 2010 Troy Southeastern U.S. Middle School Honor Band.
Burke has served as producer and recording engineer for many local acts in his home studio, including recording albums for local bands Guillotine and Serve to the Sovereign. Additionally, he has recorded publication demos for Jalen Publication that were distributed to every middle and high school in the US, and recorded artist demos for the movie Brother’s Keeper. Burke uses his experience with recording technology to instruct many of his band members to write and create their own productions.
Burke attends Grace Church in Bainbridge where he performs in the praise band, teaches classes, and writes theological commentaries. His parents are Steve and Carol Burke and he is married to Celeste Bennett Burke of Bainbridge.