About Mr. McCullough
Degrees and Certifications:
The University of Virginia's College at Wise Bachelor of Arts-Music, Class of 2016 Certification: PK-12 Instrumental & PK-12 Vocal/Choral
Mr. Jonathan McCullough
Mr. Jonathan McCullough is in 2nd year as Assistant Director of Bands at David Crockett High School. In addition to working with the Pioneer Band Program, Mr. McCullough teaches middle school band at Grandview, South Central, & West View Schools. Prior to arriving at DCHS & Washington Co. Schools in 2017, Mr. McCullough taught middle school band in Lee County, VA during the 2016-2017 school year.
A graduate of Gate City High School, Mr. McCullough completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2016. While at UVA-Wise, Mr. McCullough had several opportunities to work with high school & middle school bands throughout Southwest Virginia, including the E.B. Stanley Middle School Band, Eastside High School Band, Glade Spring Middle School Band, Northwood High School Band, Patrick Henry High School Rebel Regiment & the Union High School Band.
Besides teaching, Mr. McCullough is an active performer. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Higher Ground Baptist Church Orchestra playing trumpet & horn. Other ensembles include the Hasbeen's, Kingsport Community Band, & the Stateline Wind Symphony.
Mr. McCullough currently resides in Scott County, VA.
About the South Central Band Program
The South Central Wildcat Band Program is one of five middle school band programs that feed into the David Crockett High School Band Program in Jonesborough, TN. Beginning in 6th Grade, students in the South Central Band learn skills such as basic instrumental music fundamentals, instrumental technique, note reading, ensemble skills, and other various components necessary for musical growth.
Upon completing 6th Grade Beginning Band, students enroll in Intermediate Band (7th Grade) & Advance Band (8th Grade). 7th Grade students continue developing skills learned in 6th grade with greater focus on instrument technique and ability. Scale Studies and Enhanced Rhythms are introduced. Then, as students begin studying music their 8th grade year, this is when more development occurs which prepares them for high school band. Additional Scale Studies, Musicianship, and enhanced Technique are addressed. In addition, 8th grade students are eligible to perform with the DCHS High School Band on select occasions such as the "Musket Bowl".
To better prepare all student musicians, performance oppotunities include at least 2 combined concerts (All Middle School Band Students from South Washington County), Solo & Ensemble Festival, Washington County Honor Band (Grades 7-8), District Honors Band (Grades 7-8), and various other performances. At the end of the school year, a Reward trip for All Middle School Band Students will occur in May. This is contingent upon approval from Central Office.
But above all the academic rigor and rewards that come from band, there are three things that we want more than anything from our students. First, we want students to develop a love, passion, & enjoyment for music which lasts a lifetime. Music is something that each student can do the rest of their lives if they so choose. Second, for students to be successful in music (and in life) there are a variety of skills that are so highly required such as teamwork, responsibility, respect for one another, dedication, a hard work-ethic, determination, patience, and compassion. Without these skills, it would be very difficult to be successful at anything! And third, we want students to understand why music is so special and important. Besides being called "The Universal Language", music influences us in so many ways. From church to entertainment to everything in between--next to Love--Music is the one of the most powerful God-given gifts that we have!
Let's Make Some Music!