Mr. Parrish has taught public school orchestras at all levels for 17 years in Illinois and Virginia. Under his direction, the Hickory High School Chamber Orchestra was chosen to perform at the VMEA State Conference. In addition, the orchestra performed at many outstanding venues, including Atlanta Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
He received a Bachelor of Music Education from ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied violin with Greg Lynch and Stephen Hamm, and piano with Vicki Walker. He received a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he studied conducting with Jindong Cai, string quartet with cellist Nancy Green, and violin with Bonnie Terry. He has also studied conducting at workshops with many leading teachers in Colorado, South Carolina, Maine, and Aix-en-Provence, France.
In August 2013, Mr. Parrish became the orchestra editor for J.W. Pepper sheet music and the string editor for Wingert-Jones Publications based in Exton, PA. He arranges classical music for school orchestras along with original compositions and enjoys guest conducting. Mr. Parrish is currently an orchestra director with Winter Park High School near Orlando, Florida.