James DePriest Bio

Jim DePriest graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1983. He earned a master’s degree from Southern Oregon University in 2002.
DePriest has been teaching for 28 years, He has taught students at Stuart-Menlo Community Schools, West Burlington Independent Schools, Notre Dame Catholic Schools, and Mt. Pleasant Community School Districts. He joined the Mt. Pleasant District in 1992 and has just completed his 18th year as the high school band director.
He is active in the Iowa Bandmasters Association and is past president of the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association. He has served as head advisor to the Iowa Ambassadors of Music European tour and has directed many honor bands around the state.
He is married to Iowa Wesleyan alumna Marlene Davidson DePriest. They are the parents of four children: Colin, Kyle, Caitlyn and Callie.