Leigh Thomas – Director of Bands (email@example.com)
Leigh Thomas graduated from Winfield City High School in 2005 as salutatorian of her class. She received an undergraduate degree in 2010 and a graduate degree in 2012 from the University of Alabama. During her time at UA, she participated in the Million Dollar Band (where she was drum major), Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, Volleyball Pep Band, and Women’s Basketball Pep Band. She has served as a private conducting teacher, percussion instructor and arranger, and graduate teaching assistant.
She joined BJHS staff for the 2012-13 school year as assistant-director of the Marching Band and in June 2015 was named director. She instructs the football marching band, competition marching band, jazz bands, and wind ensemble. She assists with winter guard, indoor drumline, and concert band.
Kevin Smart, Assistant Director of Bands (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kevin Smart received his degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, where he studied under Dr. Eric Willie. Over the years, Kevin has worked with several Middle Tennessee area band programs, including the award winning Mt. Juliet High School Band of Gold and Winter Drum line. There he served in several capacities, including percussion arranger, percussion caption head, and instructor. Upon graduation, Kevin became the Assistant Band Director at Fulton High School in Knoxville, TN. There, he headed up both the marching band program as well as percussion studies for the band, including the creation of an indoor drumline program.
As a performer, Kevin was a member of the world-renowned Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps bass line from 2002-2003, where he captured a fifth and fourth place finish at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Kevin was also a member of the world-renowned Music City Mystique Winter Drum line from 2001-2002, where he captured a first and third place finish at the Winter Guard International World Championships. As a student at Tennessee Technological University, Kevin was an active member of the Tennessee Tech. Concert band and Percussion Ensemble, and served as instructor and arranger for the TTU drum line.
Kevin is a native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He currently lives with his wife, April, in Madison, AL where he is the Assistant Band director at Bob Jones High School. He instructs the football marching band, competition marching band, marching percussion section, concert band, and indoor drumline.
Kevin Morrison, Music Arranger, Football & Competition Marching Band
Suzi Mock, Dance Team Coach
Suzi Day is a Madison, Alabama native who studied Art Education at Athens State University. Coach Day grew up in Madison City Schools and is a 2016 Bob Jones Alumni where she was an active member of the BJHS Patriettes. Before high school, she danced on the Discovery Middle School Dance Team and danced at Huntsville Ballet Studio in Huntsville. After graduating high school, she then attended the University of North Alabama where she performed as a Lionette with the UNA Marching Band. Coach Day is very excited to serve as the dance team coach at Bob Jones High School and experience another great season. Go Patriots!
Frank James, Adjunct Instructor, Brass/Visual
Frank is a Huntsville native who graduated from Buckhorn High School and went on to study euphonium and music education at UAB where he served as section leader, brass captain, and drum major of The Marching Blazers. He also marched 2 seasons with Drum Corps International finalists Spirit from JSU in 2003 and 2005. Outside of music, Frank works as a full-time wedding photographer.
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