Jazz Division

Benjamin Posey, Jazz Education Chair

Mr. Benjamin Posey is in his fifth year as the assistant band director at Robert F. Bumpus Middle School. He serves as the Chairman of the Jazz Education Division of the Alabama Bandmasters Association. Prior to the opportunity to work in the Hoover City Schools, Mr. Posey served for five years as the Director of Bands and Music Education Programs at Birmingham-Southern College. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Samford University, a Master of Arts in Education specializing in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University. He lives in Hoover with his wife and three children. You can contact Mr. Posey at bposey@hoover.k12.al.us

Nick McDonald, Jazz Education Vice Chair, Chair Elect

Mr. Nick McDonald is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. After graduating from Grissom High School, Mr. McDonald attended Troy University and the University of Alabama. Mr. McDonald holds a bachelors and masters degree from Troy University and is currently completing national board teaching certification. Prior to arriving at TCHS, Mr. McDonald was the Director of Bands at Carroll High School, where his Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band consistently received superior ratings at all festivals and assessments. He was selected as teacher of the year in 2017. He is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association, the National Assocation for Music Education, and in 2017 was inducted into the American School Band Directors Assocation. Mr. McDonald also serves as the Jazz Education Vice Chair, Chair Elect for the Alabama Bandmasters Association.  In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. McDonald currently serves as a trumpet player in the 151st Army National Guard Band, stationed in Montgomery Alabama. Mr. McDonald is married to Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle school director of bands Michelle McDonald, and they have three children. You can contact Mr. McDonald at njmcdonald@tcss.net