Our Schools


The band program in Jackson County is a wonderful place for students in grades 6-12 to have a consistent and positive interaction with the arts during their most influential years. The directors, staff and student leaders of every group work hard to promote positive student behaviors, teamwork, citizenship and leadership through music. Students can choose to be a part of concert band during the school day or they can branch out and take part in our specialized performance groups after school in our competitive extra-curricular ensembles. Each group has shown growth in numbers and in competitive success since Mr. Umphlett took over the band program in 2005 and now with the addition of Mrs. Saunders leading the middle grade bands to over 150 students we look forward to continued success in the future. Please see below about a brief description of each of our ensembles.

Extra-Curricular Ensembles


Drew Umphlett

Band Director,
Smoky Mountain High

(828) 586-2177 ext. 2700

Steve Smith

Band Director
Cullowhee Valley & Fairview
Grades 6-8

(828) 586-2177 ext. 2701

Genia Edmonds

Band Director/Music Teacher
Scotts Creek

Grades K-8
(828) 631-2740 ext. 1187

Jamie Davis

Band Director/Music Teacher
Smokey Mtn. Elem.
Grades K-8

(828) 497-5535 ext. 1741

Sarah Hall

Band Director/Music Teacher
Blue Ridge School & Early College
Grades K-13

(828) 743-2646 ext. 1384