Director of Bands
Vestavia Hills High School, AL
Jerell Horton has been the band director at Vestavia Hills since 2006. He is a graduate of Samford University. Prior to his appointment at Vestavia Hills High School, he served as the assistant director at Pizitz Middle School and Vestavia Hills High School. While at Vestavia Hills, the bands have consistently earned superior ratings at District and State concert band assessments. The Vestavia Hills Wind Ensemble performed at the Alabama Music Educators Conference, and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival. The Vestavia Hills High School Rebel Marching Band performed in the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England and the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The Vestavia Hills High School band was awarded the National Program of Excellence Southern Division Blue Ribbon Award presented by the National Band Association. Mr. Horton has served as an honor band clinician within the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. He is also on staff for the Auburn Summer Marching and Leadership camp and the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mr. Horton is a National Board Certified teacher and was named to SBO magazine’s 2014 list of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. Mr. Horton was honored to serve on the 2017 Music for All Tournament of Roses teaching staff and will be returning to the 2022 teaching staff as well as stepping into the role as the Leadership Coordinator. He is married to Monica Horton (also an educator) and they have four children, Madina Jaimes, Israel, Chism, and Loula Grayce.
Everyone has a unique gift or talent. Whenever we use that gift or talent for the greater good we all succeed.
This session explores the many responsibilities that band directors require from student leaders. Having a leadership perspective is one thing but understanding and completing the required tasks is another.