Ed Girling, Director of Bands
Ed Girling is in his seventh year at East Central Community College. In addition to his work as Director of Bands, he is the director for the drum line and front ensemble, Girling also serves as the applied percussion instructor and director of the ECCC Percussion Ensemble.
Girling has been teaching band and music in Mississippi for 37 years. He previously served as director at Forest High School (2005-2010); Scott Central (1995-2004), where he received STAR Teacher honors in 1998; Stringer (1994-95); Neshoba Central (1991-94); Manchester Academy (1988-1991); Cleveland (1987-88), North Sunflower Academy in Drew (1985-87); and Yazoo City (1982-86).
Girling has served as a clinic and contest judge, as a band clinician, and as a guest conductor. He has experience in organizing and administering clinics and contests. He is also a music arranger and composer and has served as a percussionist for various music groups.
Girling served two years as the director for the Scott County Honor Band which received superior ratings in concert and sight reading. He has also served as a director of several musicals in addition to performing in numerous theatrical productions.
He is a former president of the East Central Mississippi Band Directors’ Association and the Mississippi Private School Association. Girling is also a Past President for the Mississippi Junior and Community College Band Association (MJCCBA). He is a longtime member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Theta Upsilon) and the Percussive Arts society.
A graduate of Pass Christian High School, Girling holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education and a bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance from Delta State University in Cleveland.
Zach Langley, Assistant Director of Bands
Zach Langley is in his first year as assistant director of bands at ECCC. He previously served seven years at Northeast Jones High School, including three years as assistant director of bands and the last four years as director of bands. In addition, he served as director of bands at Nettleton High School for two years.
A graduate of Booneville High School, Langley studied at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he was a member of the Tiger Marching Band. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Mississippi, where he served in the University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble and was a member of the “Pride of the South” Marching Band. He received a Master’s in Music Education from William Carey University, where he served as the adjunct trombone professor.
Langley was nominated and served on the board of directors for the Southeast Mississippi Band Directors Association from 2016 to 2019. Under his direction, the Northeast Jones “Tiger Pride” Marching band represented the state of Mississippi in the 2017 National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C.
He and his wife, Lindsey, have three children: Abbey, Nate, and Olivia.