Staff

Jay Davis
Director of Bands

Jay Davis is beginning his seventeenth year in education, fourth as the Director of Bands at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Prior to his appointment at HCHS, Davis served as the band director at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, Eagle’s Landing Middle School and Lovejoy High School.  Davis also was the adjunct professor of trumpet at Georgia College and State University and taught courses in the music education department.  He holds degrees from Georgia College and State University and Auburn University, both in Music Education.

As Director of Bands at Houston County High School, he oversees over 300 students daily divided into four concert ensembles, a jazz ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and a dedicated color guard class.  The Black and Silver Brigade, HCHS’s marching unit, includes two marching bands, serving over 200 students.  Bands under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings at adjudicated events throughout the southeast in both the concert and marching areas, including winning Grand Champion honors at the 2017 Sound of Gold Marching Invitational.  Additionally, the Houston County High School Band was awarded the Exemplary Performance Award by the Georgia Music Educators Association, one of only two high school programs in the state to receive this award for the 2016-2017 school year. Students under his direction have placed in many honor groups, including the Georgia All State Band, the Governor’s Honors Program, and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. Jay has worked on the faculty of the GCSU Jazz and Symphonic Music Camps, as well as the staff for the Encore Music Camp and Camp ExtravaBANDza. Jay previously performed with the oldies band, Reunion, and the Symphonic Band Tara Winds, where he was on the Board of Directors. He now performs in the Wellston Winds, and serves as an associate conductor.  He currently serves on the GMEA All State committee and will be serving as GMEA District Eleven Chair for 2018-2020.  Jay holds or has held memberships in the International Trumpet Guild, Pi Kappa Lambda, GMEA, the National Band Association, and was Province Governor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a fraternity for men of music. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia College Alumni Association.

Jay is married to Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Georgia College, and is the proud father of 13-year-old twins, Emma (an aspiring trombone player) and Jonah (an asping percussionist).

Rob Ingram
Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Rob Ingram was recently appointed the Assistant Director of Bands at Houston County High School. Before his time at Houston County, he served as the Director of Bands at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga. While at Mount de Sales he was responsible for all beginning band classes, concert band, and marching band.  Mr. Ingram earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Music from Georgia Southern University in 2016. While at Georgia Southern Ingram, was the Drum Major of the Southern Pride Marching Band for two years, lead alto in the Jazz Ensemble for two years, and Principal Saxophone in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble for two years. Mr. Ingram currently plays saxophone in Wellston Winds.

Miguel Castro
Percussion Instructor

Miguel studied music from 1977 to 1983 at the "Conservatorio Nacional de Música" in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic earning a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. After that, he went to New York to study at Drummers Collective International in 1984-85 where he had the opportunity to study with some of the world's leading percussionists including Steve Gadd, Doug Allen, and Frank Malabé.

In 1989, Miguel moved to Germany where he played in numerous Latin American, jazz, pop and chamber groups as well as pursuing an extensive recording career. He did tours throughout Europe with various groups and performers, amongst them the Puerto Rican Salsa star Marvin Santiago. Miguel has been a recording artist with ARC Music record label since 1992 and has produced 17 Compact Discs since then. He has played in various orchestras (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Dominican Republic, Swiss Philharmonic Orchestra, Carol Morgan Operatic Society, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo), and currently performs with The Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, Georgia and the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra in the Middle Georgia area.

In 1992, he returned to the U.S. where he has continued as an active performer as well as a teacher of all percussion disciplines. He served as Director of Percussion Studies at Mercer University in Macon for eight years. At the present time, he serves as Director of Percussion Studies and Jazz Band at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Georgia since the beginning of the Instrumental Music program (established in 1998 by Mr. Louis Foster, Director of Bands). Mr. Castro is also currently the Percussion Coordinator of the Houston County School System. He is regularly in demand as a percussion clinician (Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, Georgia Percussive Arts Society Conference, and Southeastern United States Band Clinic), adjudicator, composer, arranger and recording artist, maintaining a busy schedule in and outside of the United States.


Shawn Smith
Colorguard Specialist
Joel Castro
Percussion Instructor
Alex Pittman
Percussion Instructor

Alex currently teaches Elementary Music in the Houston County School System in Warner Robins,GA and teaches with Houston County High School "Black and Silver Brigade" Percussion Section. He has served on staff and arranged music at many other band programs in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Alex is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where he majored in Music Education while studying Percussion with Dr. Tony McCutchen and Mr. Clint Gillespie while performing with the renowned JSU " Marching Southerners", JSU Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band. Alex holds memberships with Georgia Music Educator's Association, Percussive Arts Society, and National Association for Music Education.

Melissa Jones
Counselor
Tara Elderkin
Math Teacher

I am a mom of four awesome children and a wife to my amazing husband, Clark. I have degrees in General Business and Business Management, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, and a Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology. I have teaching certifications in twelve different areas including Special Education, secondary Mathematics, and Instructional Technology, and safety certifications in first aid, CPR, and AED. 

 

I am a former band member myself and absolutely love working with the marching band. By day, I am an Interrelated Mathematics teacher at Houston County High School. In the afternoons, evenings, and weekends, I transform into whatever Davis and Ingram need me to be. I am responsible for everything from med forms to attendance to bus rosters to popsicle Thursday. As long as it is possible, wherever the students are, that’s where I will be.

Amelia Walker
Med Tech

Amelia Walker, alumni of Houston County High School, I am also the Med Tech of HCHS. Working with adolescents has always been my passion. I have Masters in Psychology. This is a very exciting year for HCHS band and look forward to assisting them with any medical attention and guidance they may need. Go Bears!