Megan Christian received a Bachelor of Music degree in both Music Education and Music Performance from the University of Tennessee. She has been at Bearden High School since 2005, where she serves as Director of Bands. Prior to this appointment, she was the assistant director at Bearden and an assistant director at Hendersonville High School and Hawkins Middle School. While at Bearden she has enjoyed being a part of a great community and has been privileged to work with talented students and colleagues. The Bearden Symphonic, Concert and Marching bands have consistently received superior ratings during her tenure. Additionally she is a member of ETSB&OA, TMEA, NAfME, and Phi Beta Mu. She has been selected as Teacher of the Year at Bearden High School on multiple occasions, and has served as ETSB&OABand Chair, Fine Arts Department Chair, Fine Arts Representative on the Teacher Advisory Committee, PD Specialist for High School Instrumental Music, and Tennessee Music Education Association’s State Band Chair. She resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband Joe and her 3 year old daughter Corinne.
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James Matthew Wilson is the Assistant Director of Bands at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Wilson’s duties at BHS include directing the marching band, concert band, jazz band, assisting with the symphonic band, teaching advanced placement music theory, drill and field show design, and music arranging/composing. The Bearden Symphonic, Concert and Marching Bands have consistently received superior ratings during his tenure. Prior to his appointment at Bearden in 2008, he taught as band director at Heritage Middle School and assistant director at Heritage High School from 2006-2007
Mr. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee, having performed with the “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band from 2001-2003. He is an alumnus of the Cincinnati Glory Drum and Bugle Corps where he performed as lead soprano bugle in 1999 and 2000. James studied conducting with Ed Powell and trumpet with Cathy Leach; and has taken masterclasses with numerous world renowned musicians, including Allen Vizzutti and Doc Severinsen. Mr. Wilson performs as a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger, and marching band drill designer.
Mr. Wilson is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American School Band Director’s Association, and East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association where he served on the board as the Middle Area Representative from 2012-2015. He has worked as a guest clinician and adjudicator for marching and concert band mediums. He lives in Knoxville with his wife Becky and daughter Adelia.
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Jason Franklin has recently been the Director of Guards at Seymour High School in Seymour, Tennessee since 2008. In that time, the Seymour Guard has consistently been at the forefront of the scholastic pageantry activity in the East Tennessee area. All aspects of his guard programs strive to achieve at the highest levels with participation in Winter Guard International (WGI), Bands of America (BOA), Carolina Indoor Performance Association (CIPA), and East Tennessee Performing Arts Association (ETPAA). Mr. Franklin brings a variety of experiences including a music education background, years of teaching/coaching, being a board member for the local guard association (ETPAA), and as a performer.
Mr. Franklin is a native of the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee and graduated from Sullivan East High School. He studied Music Education at East Tennessee State University and performed with the Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, and Marching Band as Drum Major. He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN with a degree in Elementary Education, and Middle School Endorsement. He has also received a Masters Degree in School Administration in 2017 from Carson-Newman University. Mr. Franklin works with numerous programs locally and nationally as a consultant and show designer. Mr. Franklin currently teaches 7th and 8th grade math at Seymour Junior High School in Sevier County.
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