EHS BAND DIRECTOR: Jonathan Valentine
Jonathan Valentine brings a strong background in music education and extensive experience with the marching band. Prior to his acceptance at Elizabethton, he was an Assistant Director at James F. Brynes, TL Hanna, and the Director of Bands at Berry Shoals Intermediate school and a middle school Assistant Director at James F. Byrnes High School in South Carolina. Under his leadership, the Berry Shoals 5th and 6th Grade Bands were a consistent winner of the Outstanding Performance Award, a featured performer at the 2014 SCMEA Conference, and a 2019 Division III, high scorer at the National Adjudicator Invitational, held in the Atlanta Symphony Hall. The James F. Byrnes High School rose to become a Bands of America National Semi-finalist and won two 5A State Championships during his tenure. Valentine is a Co-Brass Caption Head of the World Class Drum Corps International Participant Music City Drum and Bugle Corps rising among the ranks of the top drum corps in the world.
He has been a member of the MCDC staff since 2015. Valentine is an active clinician for middle school and high school groups in the marching and concert band mediums. Valentine holds an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Music. He studied Music Education and Saxophone Performance with Clifford Leaman and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Florida School of Music.
T. A. DUGGER BAND DIRECTOR: CHRIS LOCKHART
Director Chris Lockhart during Concert Season
Chris Lockhart holds the position of T.A. Dugger Band Director and also serves as assistant and adviser for the Betsy High School Band. Director Lockhart came to T.A. Dugger during the 2000-2001 school year and holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from East Tennessee State University. He is an active member of several organizations including the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association , Music Educators National Conference, and the National Band Association.
Before coming to Elizabethton, Mr. Lockhart taught band for 14 years in Southwest Virginia. He has worked as a clinician and adjudicator in Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Mr. Lockhart sets a wonderful foundation for the Jr. High students. It is remarkable to see how far the beginner band progresses each year which is evident at the spring concert. By the time the students are ready to move to the High School band, they are proficient in their musical abilities and have been taught a great work ethic which has been an essential part of the High School band’s success. Mr. Lockhart and Mr. Valentine work as a team during the summer Band Camp and the two work in tandem for both the Jr. High and High School bands.